Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings & Announcements

Way Down Yonder New Orleans Finest Restaurant opened this week at 3847 S. High St. on the South Side. The restaurant from chef/owner Yonder Gordon, a New Orleans native, and her daughter Yonder Miller serves Cajun and Creole fare for lunch and dinner, with po’boys, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, fried catfish and more. Way Down Yonder first launched in 2017 at the Columbus Food Hub in Olde Towne East.

Community Grounds opened this week at 1132-1134 Parsons Ave. The long-awaited coffee shop and meeting space from owners Joel Cosme Jr. and his wife, Tara Mullins-Cosme, will hold a grand opening celebration starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. 

The 2019 Columbus Margarita Fest takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Columbus Commons. The outdoor event will feature taco trucks, live music and a variety of margaritas. The event is expected to sell out; visit for more information.

Last week, Whitehall’s 2 Tones Brewing Co. opened its first taproom at 4539 E. Broad St.

Phenix Bistro opened Downtown this week at51 E. Gay St., replacing Criollo. Co-owners Brittney Barnhart and Gary McConnell opened the diner just a few doors down from their other business, Cafe Phenix. The new spot serves European-inspired breakfast and lunch fare, with plans to add dinner service at a later date. 

Whit’s Frozen Custard is opening this summer in New Albany’s Market Square at 220 Market St. The frozen custard shop will also offer pies from Westerville-based Just Pies.

Seitan’s Realm (get it?), a food truck serving plant-based fare, is expected to launch May 18. The new truck from owners Amber and Kevin Ridenbaugh will serve 100 percent-vegan sandwiches such as a Reuben, gyro and classic roast “beaf.”

Miller's Ale House opened its second Columbus location this week at 3884 Morse Road near Easton. The Florida-based restaurant and sports bar has more than 80 locations around the country. 

The Keep Liquor Bar (50 W. Broad St.) is celebrating Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12. In addition, dinner specials celebrating mom will run May 10-12. Call 614-745-0322 for reservations.


China Dynasty Arlington, which has operated at 1689 W. Lane Ave. for 32 years, is set to close Sunday, May 12.


Beer of the Month: North High Brewing’s Cover Crop

Style: Golden Ale

ABV: 4.5%

North High Brewing created Cover Crop to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ohio Farm Bureau. Available throughout 2019, the ale is crafted entirely from Ohio-grown ingredients, including wheat and corn, as well as Centennial and Cascade hops. The easy-drinking ale features a fairly low ABV and pours a hazy orange-gold color. Both the flavors and aromas are light and crisp, with a touch of sweetness and a fruity finish from the hops. —Nicholas Dekker


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