Food News: Bleu & Fig Café now open in Franklinton; Watershed’s Nocinofest returns

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

Erin Edwards
Columbus Alive
Bleu & Fig Cafe is now open in Franklinton at 1160 W. Broad St.

Openings & Announcements 

Franklinton has a new lunch option. The longtime Columbus caterer Bleu & Fig, owned by chef Brooke Kinsey, opened its first standalone café this week at 1160 W. Broad St. inside Jubilee Market, a nonprofit grocery operated by Lower Lights Christian Health Center. Bleu & Fig Café is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. The café offers a salad bar and sandwiches such as egg salad, crispy chicken or pork tenderloin with fig preserves. Sides range from mac ’n’ cheese to a quinoa-chickpea salad. Baked goods and soft serve ice cream are also available.

A new carryout and drive-thru eatery called Str8 Out the Kitchen opened this month on the East Side at 4825 E. Main St. The soul food menu features lamb chops, fried fish, beef brisket, candied yams, collard greens, cornbread and more.

The Capitol Café, located inside the Ohio Statehouse, is closed this month but is expected to reopen Dec. 1 with a new operator, which has yet to be announced. The outgoing operator, Milo’s Catering, has managed the café for more than 10 years.

This year, several local restaurants are offering to handle the Thanksgiving cooking for you. The Market Italian Village is offering take-home meals to feed two, four or six people; Veritas has a Thanksgiving carryout feast for four to six people; Ray Ray’s Hog Pit is accepting orders for Thanksgiving ham, turkey and sides until Friday, Nov. 19, and Weiland’s Market is accepting orders for its pre-cooked meals until Friday as well. For more ideas, check out this roundup of Thanksgiving offerings from Columbus Food Adventures.

Events 

Watershed Distillery’s annual Nocinofest returns this year, in concert with the release of a new Nocino product from the local distillery: Bourcino. Watershed is known for its annual release of nocino, an Italian liqueur that is typically made by taking a neutral spirit like vodka and infusing it with unripe Black walnuts. Watershed’s new Bourcino uses bourbon instead. The free, family-friendly event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Watershed Distillery (1145 Chesapeake Ave.). Nocinofest will feature complimentary appetizers from Watershed Kitchen + Bar, Winans hot chocolate and truffles, marshmallow roasting, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, distillery tours and an outdoor fire pit. Bottles of limited-release Bourcino will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at Nocinofest. Learn more about the event here.