The Scoop: Condado Tacos Comes Under Fire Amid Protests; Natalie's Resumes Dine-In Service

Erin Edwards
Columbus Monthly

 Openings, News & Announcements

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Condado Tacos is under scrutiny this week for fulfilling an order on Monday placed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Some employees at the Condado Polaris location decided to walk out rather than fulfill the order during a week of national protests against police brutality. According to accounts by some employees, a manager at the location threatened to fire anyone who chose to walk out. Condado representatives later disputed that anyone had been fired. You can read Condado’s statement here on Facebook, and The Dispatch reports that Condado owner Joe Kahn is set to meet with Columbus staff members today.

Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music (5601 N. High St.) in Worthington and Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen (945 King Ave.) in Grandview will resume dine-in service on Friday, June 5. Patrons are asked to wear face masks when not seated at their table.

This week, Pins Mechanical Co. (6558 Riverside Drive) reopened its Bridge Park bar and entertainment venue with new social distancing and sanitizing measures in place. The Downtown Columbus location remains closed amid ongoing protests.

The North Market’s 2020 farmers market season kicks off Saturday, June 6, on the market’s outdoor plaza. Vendors and customers will be required to wear masks. The weekly market will take place rain or shine on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through Oct. 31.

Westgate Farmers Market opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at West Gate Lodge (2925 W. Broad St.) and runs through Oct. 17.

The owners of Katzinger’s Delicatessen announced on social media that they’ve decided to postpone plans to open a third location of the iconic deli in the fall, this one in New Albany. The owners cited poor market conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The deli’s German Village and Dublin locations are currently open for business.


The Downtown Cuban eatery Plantain Café (77 E. Gay St.) appears to have closed after 10 years in business. The small café has been emptied out and looks to be under construction. Its phone number also has been disconnected. The restaurant, owned by Don and Anna Steere, who could not be reached for comment, helped revitalize Gay Street when it opened in 2009, serving up classics like ropa vieja and Cuban sandwiches. It had been listed for sale prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pholicious, a Vietnamese eatery inside The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, has closed permanently, citing the pandemic.