Food News: Mission Coffee relocates to The Fort; The Refectory’s sommelier moves on

Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Erin Edwards
Mission Coffee beans

Openings & Announcements 

After shuttering its Short North coffee shop last year, Mission Coffee Co. has relocated to the mixed-use business community known as The Fort at 2050 S. High St. According to The Fort’s post on Instagram, the coffee roaster is not yet serving coffee at the new location but is using the space as a roasting facility. Bags of beans can be purchased there 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other tenants at The Fort include Wild Ohio Brewing, The Actors’ Theatre of Columbus and Via Vecchia Winery, among others. 

Clintonville’s Kirin Noodle Bar (4227 N. High St.) has reopened as a Japanese eatery specializing in ramen. The Asian eatery had previously shared space with Chatime, a bubble tea chain, and focused on dim sum and noodle dishes. Chatime is now gone, and the owners of Kirin have hired a Japanese chef who ran a Los Angeles ramen shop, Ramenya, for 30 years. In addition to a variety of ramen bowls, the new menu features appetizers such as karaage and kimchi. The spot also carries a selection of Japanese whiskeys. Check out the new menu here

Central Ohio’s second cidery opens this weekend. Seek-No-Further Cidery will make its debut Saturday, June 12, at 126 E. Elm St. in Granville. The 1,300-square-foot cidery, which features a bar, patio and upstairs seating area, is housed in a white barn located in the heart of the village behind the historic Bancroft Cottage.  

White Castle made headlines this week when the fast-food chain announced it would raise its starting hourly pay to $15 an hour at 21 locations around Central Ohio. The Columbus-based company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last month, is trying to attract more workers amid a staffing shortage in the food service industry. 

Staff Moves 

The Refectory Restaurant and Wine Shop announced this week that sommelier Chris Dillman, one of the city's best in the industry, is moving on to a new venture. A post on The Refectory’s Facebook account read: "Chris first began with us in 1998 as a server assistant, and we sparked an interest in wine. This seed took serious root and over time he relentlessly pursued adding to his knowledge of wines." Dillman is moving on to an opportunity with F.L.X. Table in Geneva, New York. 

Closings 

As Alive reported this week, the owners of Yellow Brick Pizza have decided to shut down the pizzeria’s original location in Olde Towne East, effective immediately. There’s good news: Yellow Brick will reopen later this year inside the forthcoming Trolley District’s East Market in Franklin Park. Yellow Brick’s newish location in Franklinton (415 W. Rich St.) remains open, and you can find the pizzeria’s Tiger Pizza at its pop-up inside Short North Tavern (674 N. High St.).