Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings & Announcements

Shake Shack makes its Columbus debut on Sunday, May 19, when the popular New York-based burger chain opens at Easton. Doors open at 11 a.m. at 4005 The Strand W., previously the Tesla showroom. A second location is planned for the Short North as part of the Graduate Hotel, which is currently under construction and expected to open this fall.

Budd Dairy Food Hall, which is under construction at 1086 N. Fourth St., announced its two newest food vendors this week. Modern Southern Table, created by Sadaya “Daisy” Lewis, and Alphabetical Comfort Kitchen, founded by Jordan Lamatrice, will join previously announced restaurant partners Darista and Borgata Pizza Café when the food hall opens in Italian Village later this year. Lewis’ menu consists of Southern classics such as gumbo, fried chicken, mac ’n’ cheese and crab rice, a dish that celebrates the Gullah food culture of South Carolina. Meanwhile, Alphabetical will offer Lamatrice’s twist on hearty sandwiches, salads, soups and sides.

Geordie’s Restaurant is expected to hold its grand opening on Friday, May 31, in Merion Village. The English pub is the creation of Glen Hall-Jones, a trained chef and native of Newcastle, England. (Geordie is a nickname for residents of Newcastle and their dialect.) Geordie’s replaces the long-closed Explorers Club at 1586 S. High St.

Youngstown-based Whistle & Keg, a self-service craft beer taproom, announced plans to open this summer at 343 N. Front St., formerly Dick’s Last Resort in the Arena District. The 2,500-square-foot taproom in the Moline Plow building will offer guests the chance to pour their own beer, cider, wine and mead from 50 taps. Customers can bring in their own food or have it delivered.

Peace, Love and Little Donuts opened a second Central Ohio location this week at 2110 W. Henderson Road in Northwest Columbus.

Taste of Belgium is celebrating 10 years at the North Market all month long. Through Friday, May 17, stop by the market stall for free mini waffles (available while supplies last).

A Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard shop is coming soon to 5254 Franklin St. in Hilliard. Look for a mid-June opening.

A new food truck called Nazca Peruvian Eats hit the streets last month, serving classic Peruvian dishes such as pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken) and lomo saltado (a beef stir fry) along with yuca fries, plantains and chimichurri sauce. Look for the truck at area breweries.


Columbus Craft Beer Week returns May 17-25 with a variety of tap takeovers, beer releases and events, such as a beer mile race at Olentangy River Brewing Co. and the Six One Pour festival at COSI. The official kickoff party takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Giant Eagle Market District Grandview Yard, 840 W. Third Ave. Visit for a complete list of events.

The Dublin Market at Bridge Park starts its season Saturday, May 18, and runs through Sept. 28. The farmers market takes place Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and is located on Longshore Street between Tuller Ridge Drive and Bridge Park Avenue. Check out our handy Central Ohio farmers market guide here.

The second installment of the Columbus Taco Fest takes place Saturday, May 18, at Genoa Park. The free event features—you guessed it—taco trucks and tequila. For more information, visit


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