Food News: Hashi opens in Granville; Icarus Sandwich Shop to fill Laughlin’s space

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

Erin Edwards
Beef galbi with Korean banchan at Hashi in Granville

Openings & Announcements 

Granville’s new Korean and sushi spot is ready to debut. Hashi, meaning “bridge” in Japanese, is set to open for lunch and dinner this Wednesday, Oct. 6, through Sunday at 128 E. Broadway, formerly Moe's Original BBQ. The restaurant is the work of Granville resident Steven Baldwin and his mother, Sukye. A general contractor and real estate investor, Baldwin spent months renovating the former barbecue joint. The menu features sushi prepared by chef Shabrina Thomas, using fish overnighted from Japan. Meanwhile, the Korean cuisine is being prepared by Baldwin’s aunt (“imo” in Korean), recently a cook at Min-Ga Korean Restaurant on Bethel Road. “They'll come for the sushi, but they'll keep coming back for the Korean food,” Baldwin predicted. Above Hashi, a music venue, cocktail bar and Korean street food spot dubbed Hashi Up is in the works. Baldwin says it will be the only bar in town open until 2 a.m. Stay tuned for more on that opening. 

The former Laughlin’s Bakery space is finally getting a worthy occupant at 15 E. Second Ave. in the Short North. Icarus, a new sandwich shop from the owners of Fox in the Snow, is expected to open there soon. Fox in the Snow is, of course, known for its souffléed egg sandwich, and the coffee shop/bakery has also flirted with lunchtime sandwiches such as ham on baguette. The Icarus website says the shop will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Reservations are open now at Chapman’s Eat Market for a guest chef dinner featuring Matthew Heaggans of Preston’s: A Burger Joint. During the Oct. 26 dinner, Heaggans will get to flex his culinary creativity through a collaborative eight-course tasting menu experience. Tickets are $100 per person. Make a reservation at eatchapmans.com

Hot Mess food truck plans to open its first brick-and-mortar location inside Hilliard’s Center Street Market (5354 Center St.). Hot Mess, which specializes in burgers and other sandwiches, looks to open inside the market by winter but plans to keep the food truck in operation. 

Events 

After taking 2020 off, The Columbus Italian Festival returns this weekend, Oct. 8-10, to the grounds of St. John The Baptist Italian Catholic Church (720 Hamlet St.). The longtime Columbus festival includes live entertainment, games, cooking demonstrations and an open-air market with plenty of Italian food and other vendors. Participating vendors include The Berwick, Carfagna’s, Pelino’s Pasta, St. John’s Pizza and more. The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.