Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Filipino fare, Maine lobster rolls, Mexican street food, poke bowls and locally roasted coffee are the latest offerings announced today by the forthcoming Budd Dairy Food Hall, which has pushed back its opening to early 2020. Joining four previously announced small businesses, the food hall’s final five vendors include Boni: Filipino Street Food (a spin-off of Bonifacio), Cousins Maine Lobster, Tacos Rudos, Pokebap and Stauf’s Coffee Roasters.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House makes its official return to the Columbus market on Monday, Oct. 7. Known for its USDA Prime beef and wine dinners, the high-end steakhouse fills the former Double Comfort and DeepWood restaurant spaces at 511 N. High St. in the Short North.

Starting today, Rockmill Brewery will unveil a new 1,500-square-foot taproom on the grounds of its Lancaster farm, 5705 Lithopolis Road NW. The rustic space features TVs, as well as indoor and outdoor fireplaces. The taproom’s hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursday, 3-9 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

The Buckeye-themed sports bar Urban Meyer’s Pint House is now open at 6632 Longshore St. in Bridge Park. The venture is a partnership between the former Ohio State head football coach and local restaurant group Corso Ventures, owners of Short North Pint House, Standard Hall and Forno Kitchen + Bar.

The Old North mainstay Cazuela’s Mexican Cantina debuts a second location this week at the Gateway–University District. The new restaurant opens today at 1542 N. High St., formerly Mad Mex.

Whistle & Keg opens Friday, Oct. 4, in the Arena District at 343 N. Front St. The Youngstown-based, “pour-your-own” taproom features 50 self-serve taps and a pub grub food menu.

Chuy’s, the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant, will open its doors on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 1481 Polaris Parkway. This makes two Chuy’s in Central Ohio, including an Easton location that opened in 2015.


On Sunday, Oct. 6, BrewDog will hold the stateside launch of its new cider brand, Hawkes, during an event dubbed Ciderfest. The free event, featuring live music and hard cider samples, will take place at BrewDog’s DogTap brewpub in Canal Winchester (96 Gender Road). The festivities kick off at noon. Click here to RSVP.


The Little Eater Clintonville closed last week at 4215 N. High St. after two years in operation. Owner Cara Mangini’s original North Market location is still up and running, and the Clintonville space will serve as Little Eater’s commissary kitchen.

As Bonifacio prepares to join Budd Dairy Food Hall, its sister business, Red Velvet Café, has ceased operations at 246 S. Fourth St. Owner Krizzia Yanga launched the Downtown café in 2015, serving coffee, cupcakes and Filipino-inspired fare like chicken adobo panini.

Texas-based Fuzzy’s Taco Shop recently shut down its only Central Ohio location. The taco eatery, in business for nearly two years, was located at 479 N. High St., across from the Greater Columbus Convention Center. In January, Fuzzy’s made headlines after the city’s health department identified a confirmed case of hepatitis A involving a restaurant employee.

Belgian Iron Wafel Co. closed on Sunday after less than a year at 19 W. Russell St. in the Short North.

& Juice Co. has shuttered its Italian Village location at 991 N. Fourth St. The juicery’s Upper Arlington and Clintonville shops remain open. 


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