Friday Food Bites: Butcher & Grocer Heads to New Albany, Heart State Brewing Moves

March 18, 2022

There’s always a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:

  • The Butcher & Grocer announced that they’re adding a new location at 160 W. Main St. in New Albany. This joins their original location in Grandview, as well as forthcoming stores in Shawnee Hills and the East Market.
  • Heart State Brewing has moved into the brewery space at 505 Morrison Rd. Originally home to Kindred Brewing, that location was most recently occupied by Crafted Culture Brewing, which moved out in search of a new space.
  • Columbus Alive broke the news this week that restaurateur and Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani will open a restaurant called Bar Cicchetti in the Westin downtown.
  • Mardi Gras Homemade Ice Cream opened for the season this week! Find the family-run shop at 1947 Hard Rd. (Read my piece on them for
  • Meanwhile, Cream & Sugar ice cream stand in the Hilltop announced it will remain closed for the season, but will operate its truck.
  • The Hot Mess food truck is set to open its first brick and mortar location inside Hilliard’s Center Street Market next week Wednesday, March 23.
  • Goodwood Brewing opened this week in the Arena District, replacing Gordon Biersch Brewing.
  • Today Crumbl Cookies opens its newest central Ohio location, this one at 1219 Polaris Pwky.
  • After an extended hiatus, the Goody Boy Diner in the Short North reopened this week. (P.S. Want to see what it used to look like? Read my post on it from 2007!)
  • Business First reported this week that the former UA Market will be reopened under new ownership as Littleton’s Market.
  • As mentioned last week, TeeJaye’s opens its new Clintonville store next Monday, March 21.
  • Multiple sources reported this week that Dahlia Nightclub and BBR Restaurant in the Arena District are closing.

And some event highlights!

  • Zaftig Brewing’s annual release of its Ol’ Rugger stout this Saturday, March 19, with special bottled beers, food trucks, a Girl Scout cookie pairing, and more.
  • Also this Saturday, Random Precision Brewing celebrates its fourth anniversary with special beer releases, live music, and visits from the Catbird Coffee and Dos Hermanos food trucks.
  • The Worthington Library’s annual Edible Books contest returns Thursday, March 31.
  • The North Market Downtown announced the return of its Apron Gala on May 20. Tickets went on sale this week.
  • After a two-year hiatus, the Fiery Foods Festival is set to return to the Main Street Bridge downtown, Aug. 27-28.
  • The Seasoned Farmhouse hosts a Zoom pierogi cooking class on Monday, March 21. All proceeds go to the town of Striy in Western Ukraine.

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