Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

OPENINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW: Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ two new Short North concepts now have opening dates. Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, which will be located at 705 N. High St. in the Lincoln Building, is set to open Tuesday, April 16. Meanwhile, the building's rooftop lounge, Lincoln Social Rooftop, will open Tuesday, April 30. Del Mar promises Southern California-inspired dishes such as poke bowls, lobster rolls and shaved ice desserts. Lincoln Social will feature small plates and cocktails under a retractable roof.

The co-owners of Café Phenix on Gay Street, Brittney Barnhart and Gary McConnell, plan to open Phenix Bistro just a few doors down at 51 E. Gay St., where Criollo recently closed. CaféPhenix, which serves English- and French-inspired sandwiches, soups and bakery items, opened in 2016. McConnell says the new location will allow Phenix to offer an expanded breakfast menu, lunch and dinner menu. The current café at 39 E. Gay St. will remain, with a pared down menu of baked goods, tea and coffee.

Pier 11 Boiling Seafood & Bar opened this week at 3920 E. Broad St. in Whitehall’s Town & Country Shopping Center. The new restaurant offers low country boils, baskets of fried seafood, po’boys and more.

An upscale Indian restaurant and cocktail bar named Rooh will replace Westies Tavern (formerly Branch) at 685 N. High St. in the Short North, according to Columbus Business First. The owners of Rooh also operate restaurants in San Francisco and New York.

BrewDog USA announced last week that its CEO Tanisha Robinson will be moving to the global team as “chief disruption officer.” Allison Green, who has worked as BrewDog’s global chief of staff for three years, has been named the new head of the Scotland-based brewery’s U.S. operations. Robinson’s initial projects include scaling the brewery’s DogHouse hotel concept and launching canned cocktails as well as CBD beverages. She told Columbus Monthly this week that the new role puts her skills as a change agent to better use.

EVENTS

The Sixth Annual Taste of Clintonville takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Mozart’s (4784 N. High St.). Hosted by Experience Clintonville, this tasting event celebrates the neighborhood’s variety of restaurants and food-centric businesses, from newcomers to longtime treasures. Participating businesses include: Aladdin’s Eatery, A Common Table, Lineage Brewing, Pat & Gracie’s, Tupelo Doughnuts, Weiland’s Market and more. Tickets are $30 per person ($10 for children 12 and under). Visit experienceclintonville.com for more information.

Tickets are on sale for the 2019 Taste of Granville, an afternoon of music, food, wine and beer, in support of Granville Rotary Foundation. The annual event takes place Saturday, April 27, at the Bryn Du Mansion & Field House, 537 Jones Rd. in Granville. Tickets can be purchased at tasteofgranville.org. 

The Keep Liquor Bar is a hosting series of experiential, multi-course dinners prepared by The Keep’s executive chef Jonathan Olson. Just ahead of Cinco be Mayo, the next event will highlight four Cantera Negra Tequilas with food pairings. The dinner takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at 50 W. Broad St. Call 614-745-0322 for reservations.

CLOSINGS

Freshbox Catering, a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, stopped operations last week. The social enterprise offered boxed lunches for working lunches and conferences and provided job readiness training. A statement posted to Facebook read: “Simply put, we did not generate enough revenue to create the scale of social impact that was our goal.” Freshbox was founded in 2009 by Joe DeLoss, who went on to launch Hot Chicken Takeover.

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Beer of the Month: Nocterra Brewing Co.’s Terra Noir

Style: Baltic Porter

ABV: 7.2%

Nocterra Brewing made its early February debut in a renovated freight depot building in downtown Powell. Its initial offerings lean heavily into lagers, IPAs and sours. The Terra Noir is a Baltic porter, similar to traditional English porters but brewed with lager yeast instead of ale yeast. The resulting brew is opaque brown and medium-bodied. It features the typical roasted flavors of a porter—coffee, chocolate, molasses—but enjoys a clean and crisp lager finish. —Nicholas Dekker

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