Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Junior’s Bar & Grill has replaced Hamptons on King at 234 King Ave. in the University District. The new Mexican restaurant is from the owners of Junior’s Tacos, which runs a pair of popular taco trucks in the Columbus area. 

Goodale Station, the restaurant and lounge atop the new Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown-Short North, opens at 4 p.m. today, at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd. Located on the hotel’s 12th floor, the rooftop spot features views of Downtown, the Short North and Goodale Park. Overseeing the “creative American” food menu is executive chef Tripp Mauldin, an Alabama native and graduate of Johnson & Wales University’s culinary school in Colorado. We have photos and a preview here.

S.I.P. Local, a spinoff of Somewhere in Particular Brewing in Northwest Columbus, opened last week at 2808 N. High St. The new Clintonville brewpub features 24 taps focusing on Ohio beer, plus a food menu of salads, small plates, pizza and sandwiches. S.I.P. Local replaces Actual Brewing Co.’s taproom, which shut down in February after Alive’s report on allegations of sexual assault against Actual’s former owner Fred Lee.

Poindexter Coffee is now serving a small menu of breakfast items, coffee drinks, cocktails and pizza at 750 N. High St. on the bottom floor of the newly opened Graduate Columbus hotel.

Delaney’s Diner, which first opened in Westerville in 2017, added a second location last week at 6150 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg. The family-run spot serves classic diner fare for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

Grove City’s Dragon Donuts is bringing its made-to-order doughnuts to Grandview. The second location of Dragon Donuts is under construction at 1288 W. Fifth Ave., next to Mark Pi’s Express.

This fall, C.Krueger's Finest Baked Goods is moving a short distance from its space on Brickel Street to 749 N. High St., formerly Cub Shrub in the Short North.

Aladdin's Eatery is coming soon to 9711 Sawmill Pkwy., replacing Kogen's in Powell.


Beer and literary fansare invited tosample local brews among the library stacks during Books & Brews: Back in the Stacks Again!, a fundraiser organized by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Old Worthington Library (820 High St.). In addition to beer tastings, the evening features food, wine, live music, a beer trivia contest and a silent auction. You can purchase Books & Brews tickets here.



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