Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings & Announcements

The New York-based burger behemoth Shake Shack is planning a second Central Ohio location, this one in the Short North. On Tuesday, the Italian Village Commission discussed the burger chain’s plan to open a location in the forthcoming Graduate Hotel at 750 N. High St., where the Bollinger Tower once stood. According to documents filed with the commission, the coffee shop Poindexter Coffee also will join the hotel. Shake Shack’s first local shop is expected to open this summer at Easton Town Center in the former Tesla showroom.

Cincinnati-based Taft’s Brewing Co. plans to open a 5,800-square-foot Taft’s Brewpourium at Kaufman Development’s Gravity project in Franklinton this fall. The brewery and taproom will include an extensive outdoor patio along Broad Street, a game room, a stage for live music and a menu featuring coal-fired, New Haven-style pizza. A November opening is planned.

Speck Italian Eatery, an Italian-inspired restaurant from chef Josh Dalton, recently opened in the former Veritas Tavern space at 15 E. Winter St. in downtown Delaware. The tight menu includes small plates and house-made pastas, plus a full bar with beer, wine and craft cocktails. The restaurant, which is dinner-only, is first-come-first served.

Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ newest addition to the Short North, is set to open on Tuesday, April 16, at 705 N. High St. in the new Lincoln Building. Serving dinner only, the restaurant features Southern California-inspired dishes ranging from gem lettuce salads and poke bowls to lobster rolls and beef tenderloin.

Charlie and Natalie Jackson, the father-daughter owners of Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, plan to open a second music venue and restaurant in the space formerly occupied by King Avenue 5 in Grandview. Charlie Jackson told The Columbus Dispatch this week that their Worthington location has more potential live acts than they can currently handle. King Avenue 5 closed in December.

Pickerington’s Combustion Brewery & Taproom (80 W. Church St.) celebrates its second anniversary this weekend. To celebrate, the craft brewer is throwing an anniversary party from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, featuring 30 beers on tap, live music, games and food trucks.

Barrel & Taps, a bourbon-focused bar, opened last week at 1380 W. Third Ave. in Grandview.

A cook-to-order doughnut shop named Donna’s Delicious Dozen is expected to open in early May at 5322 N. Hamilton Road, just north of Gahanna.

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