There’s always a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:
- Java Central Cafe and Roaster has soft opened its coffee shop inside Zaftig’s Italian Village brewpub. The Westerville coffee shop and roaster will be open inside the brewery 7a-3p daily, serving coffee and snacks. A full grand opening is planned for next week Wednesday.
- Way Down Yonder Beignets & Coffee celebrates its grand opening next week Tuesday, Feb 15. The shop is an extension of Way Down Yonder New Orleans-style restaurant on South High Street.
- Pattycake Bakery announced that it has stopped contactless service and re-opening for walk-in service next week. The bakery moved up the street last year to 3870 N. High St., the old Flowers & Bread spot.
- Speaking of Pattycake’s former home, Tudie’s Cookies & Sweets announced it will open its first storefront in the old Pattycake space at 3009 N. High St. Owner Brittani Hoffman said they’re aiming for an April opening.
- A new Albanian spot called Velca Grill opened this week at 2151 W. Dublin Granville Rd. in Linworth.
- Multiple sources have reported that both locations of Oodles Noodle & Dumpling Bar – one on Neil Avenue in Victorian Village and one downtown on Main Street – have closed permanently.
- Suga Pie’s Cupcakes announced that they’ll be joining The Pit BBQ Grille’s Clintonvile storefront at 4219 N. High St.
- Dulce Vida Ice Cream & Treats has opened a fourth location at 7370 Sawmill Rd. in Dublin.
- The Bogey Inn in Dublin announced it will close after business on Saturday, Feb. 26, following the sudden death of its owner last week.
- A location of Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse opened this week at 3600 Morse Rd. just north of Easton.
- Parlay Sporting Club & Kitchen also opens this week at 570 N. High St. in Short North.
- On Sunday, Feb. 20, Seventh Son Brewing will host a rock, paper, scissors tournament called ROSHAMBO 2022. Proceeds from the event, held in honor of World Bartender Day, will go to Service! Relief Kitchen.
- Next week Wednesday, Feb. 16, Watershed Distillery opens up the lottery for a cask-strength bourbon created with master blender Marianne Eaves. Watershed was one of eight distilleries in the country chosen to work with Eaves as part of her Blind Series of bourbons.
This week I’m also writing:
- A Little Star Wars (and food and beer and coffee) in Cincinnati
- Take a Tour of the American Whistle Factory (Ohio.org)