Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Woodhouse Vegan is a pop-up no more. Woodhouse Vegan Café officially unveils its stand-alone restaurant on Thursday, Oct. 10. Prior to opening the new café, located at 851 N. Fourth St. in Italian Village, entrepreneurs (and Columbus Monthly Tastemakers) Cara, Nicole, Krista and Carla Woodhouse built a fan base during weekly pop-ups at Oddfellows Liquor Bar. In addition to vegan grilled cheese, Caesar salad, West African peanut stew and other scratch vegan options, the new location has a liquor license. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

The city’s newest hotel bar and restaurant is set to debut at the Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown, which has undergone a 10-month renovation. Vine + Forge Restaurant & Lounge (33 E. Nationwide Blvd.) will hold a soft opening starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, with a limited food menu. The bar’s cocktail program is the handiwork of Cleveland-based bar consultant Shawn Ford, a regular on the TV show “Bar Rescue.” The street-level restaurant, headed by executive chef Angela Allison, will unveil its full food menu in November.

A new Persian eatery called Caspian Restaurant is now open at 4989 Cleveland Ave. in Northland. Chef/owner Victoria Nemati’s menu features a variety of traditional salads, kebabs and stews such as ghormeh sabzi and baklava.

Choripan Argentine Grill is now serving empanadas, wings and sandwiches at 5927 Karric Square Dr. in Dublin.

Booze News

Watershed Distillery’s popular Nocino, an Italian walnut liqueur, is currently being re-released as a barrel-finished Nocino. The limited-release spirit, which spends seven months in one of the distillery’s spent bourbon barrels, earned gold earlier this month at the 2019 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. Bottles are available at the distillery (1145 Chesapeake Ave.) and at area liquor stores and retailers.

Events

The Columbus Italian Festival takes over the southern end of Italian Village this weekend, featuring a variety of Italian foods, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment. The festival’s epicenter is St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (720 Hamlet St.). Event hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Visit columbusitalianfestival.com for more information.

Closings

Oliver’s on Lynn (26 N. High St.) is temporarily closed while the Lynn Alley spot undergoes a rebranding and renovation.

The casual Short North pizzeria Fabian’s (691 N. High St.), known for its Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, has closed. Its sister business, Mac’s: A Proper Pub, reopened this year after a major makeover.

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