Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings & Announcements

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' M at Miranova celebrates 18 years in operation this July. To mark the anniversary, M will close for remodeling after dinner service on Saturday, May 25, and reopen on June 18 with a refreshed look. In addition, 80 percent of its menu items will be new.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse opens its doors at the Gravity development (462 W. Broad St.) on Thursday, May 23. A grand opening is planned for Saturday, June 1. The new Franklinton location makes three for the coffee roaster/social enterprise, including Roosevelt’s flagship shop on Long Street and a coffee counter inside Olentangy River Brewing Co. in Lewis Center. 

Good Eats Group and Easton Town Center announced this week that Chicago-based Sono Wood Fired is adding a location at 4055 The Strand West, near Athleta and the newly opened Shake Shack at Easton. Sono serves rustic, Tuscany-influenced Italian cuisine such as antipasti, house-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas. This location, which is expected to open this fall, will be the first outside of Chicago for Sono. Good Eats Group is owned and operated by restaurateurs John McLean and Martin Murch, a Cleveland native.  

Chef Rick Lopez (La Tavola, Lupo) shared details with Columbus Monthly about his upcoming Grandview gastropub, The Old Spot (1099 W. First Ave.). Read more about Lopez’s new restaurant partnership with The Butcher & Grocer here.

A franchise of NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop is now open at 2245 W. Dublin Granville Rd. in Linworth Crossing.

Odd & Ends

Watershed Distillery is raking in some national recognition. The distillery, founded by Greg Lehman and Dave Rigo, was recently named 2019 Ohio Gin Distillery of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition. Earlier this month, Watershed’s Guild Gin was included in a roundup of the “15 best gins to drink right now” by Esquire magazine.


The Cocktails at the Conservatory series returns to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (1777 E. Broad St.) on Thursday, May 23. The monthly adults-only event features a rotating cast of local distilleries, breweries and wineries, plus access to exhibits, food and musical entertainment. Thursday’s event, taking place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., will include wines by Camelot Cellars and Firelands Winery, a cash bar, Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops and entertainment by Night Music DJ Professionals. Visit to purchase tickets.

The Pearl Market kicks off its season Friday, May 24, in Downtown Columbus. The community market featuring fruit, veggies, baked goods, coffee and moretakes place 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Oct. 11 at Pearl Alley and Gay Street. Visit for a list of vendors.

Jeni’s Strawberry Jam, a picnic-style party celebrating Ohio’s strawberry season, takes place Sunday, May 26, in Franklinton. The free event features live music, Jeni’s Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream, fresh strawberries from Hirsch Fruit Farm, a Jeni’s/Land-Grant collaboration beer, kids activities curated by Cub Shrub and more. The Jam takes place from noon to 10 p.m. at Land-Grant Brewing Co., 424 W. Town St. For more information, visit

Columbus Craft Beer Week continues through Saturday, May 25. Some of the events rounding out the week include the Sierra Nevada Crawfish Boil at Bob's Bar on Friday benefiting Mid-Ohio Foodbank, a Saturday jazz brunch at Daily Growler German Village featuring food from Short & Stout Kitchen and an unofficial closing party at BrewDog’s DogTap Columbus on Saturday. Visit for a complete list of events. 


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