Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings & Announcements

The Columbus Commons Food Truck Food Court opened for the season this week at 160 S. High St. The food court is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through October. Participating food trucks include Aloha Aina, Cupzilla, Fetty’s Street Food, The Little Kitchen, Mya’s Fried Chicken, Preston’s: A Burger Joint and more.

Village Taco, a small vegan eatery in Licking County, announced plans on social media to open Village Taco & Cantina in Columbus. A video posted on social media indicates that the new location is 1297 Parsons Ave. on the South Side, which previously housed Tatoheads Public House and the vegan bar Hal & Al’s. Village Taco, which serves vegan tacos, enchiladas, burritos, popcorn “chickun” and more, opened last winter at 7 E. Main St. in Alexandria.

A soul food spot named The Good Kitchen 614 recently opened at 1485 Sunbury Road in Northeast Columbus. The menu includes comforting classics like smothered pork chops, fried chicken, candied yams and collard greens, plus daily specials such as liver and onions.

Couscous House, a rare Moroccan restaurant in Columbus, will hold its grand opening on Friday, May 3, at 1611 Morse Road.

The Downtown lunch spot Cinco Tacos will relaunch under new ownership and with a refreshed menu on Monday, May 6. The new owner of the Huntington Plaza eatery is Francisco Garcia, a Mexico native who launched Holy Taco Food Truck in 2015. Cinco’s hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Outdoor farmers markets are beginning to open for the season. The Clintonville Farmers Market, which opened last week, runs 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Nov. 23 between Orchard Lane and West Dunedin Road on North High Street. Worthington Farmers Market, which is open year-round, moves outdoors starting Saturday, May 4. The outdoor market takes place 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October in Old Worthington.

The Old Bag of Nails Pub is taking over the restaurant space at 4416 N. High St. in Clintonville, formerly Westies Gastropub.

Closings

SuperChef’s Downtown location on Broad Street has closed. Its Gahanna eatery remains open at 1344 Cherry Bottom Rd.

Odds & Ends 

Northstar Café’s flagship location in the Short North is expanding into the adjacent space, formerly Zpizza. According to Columbus Business First, the 1,000-square-foot-expansion will include the addition of a full bar.

The national restaurant chain Kona Grill filed for bankruptcy protection this week. There’s no word yet on the future of Easton Town Center’s Kona location.

Hilltop Heritage Lager and Hilltop Light, the popular tall boys from bygone Four String Brewing Co., will return to the Columbus market this summer. Hilltop Brewing Co., a new brewery owned by entrepreneur Blake Squires and a team of investors, announced last week that it plans to relaunch the American lagers during ComFest, June 28-30 at Goodale Park, and have six-packs back on shelves by July Fourth.

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