Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news.
Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen, the forthcoming spin-off from the owners of Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music in Worthington, has hired an executive chef and is targeting a November opening. Bradley Balch, former chef and co-owner at Trillium Kitchen & Patio and The Sycamore, will lead the kitchen. Michael Vehlber, who was Balch’s colleague at The Sycamore, is the new general manager. The new Natalie’s, located at 945 King Ave., replaces King Avenue 5. Read more about plans for the new music venue, restaurant and bar at Columbus Monthly.
Harvey & Ed’s, the Short North delicatessen from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, will close next week, just a few months after its first anniversary. According to a press release, the restaurant will shut down Tuesday, Oct. 29, and be redeveloped into a new CMR concept, expected to open in the spring. The company plans to reassign current employees to other CMR locations. Harvey & Ed’s, CMR’s modern take on a classic Jewish deli, opened in June 2018 at 698 N. High St., filling the space that had housed Rigsby’s Kitchen for 29 years.
Chicago-based Forbidden Root, a restaurant and brewery coming soon to Easton’s new north end development, has hired two experienced locals. Nick Gabriel, formerly head brewer at Four String Brewing Co., will fill the same role at Easton’s Forbidden Root. Meanwhile, Executive Chef Paul Yow, formerly of Barcelona and Hae Paul’s, will lead the kitchen. The new brewpub is expected to open next month.
Land-Grant Brewing Co. has teamed up with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum on Four Pillars Pale Ale (5.3% ABV), a new brew commemorating the museum’s first anniversary on the Scioto Mile. Join Land-Grant at the taproom (424 W. Town St.) on Sunday, Oct. 27, to celebrate the anniversary. Twenty percent of proceeds from the event will benefit the memorial and museum.
For the second year, Alive’s sister pub Columbus Monthly is hosting a one-night-only dining experience created by the city's most celebrated chefs. The 2019 Best Restaurants event, featuring a cocktail hour and multi-course dinner, takes place Wednesday, Oct. 30, at The Estate at New Albany (5216 Forest Dr.). Some of the participating restaurants include Veritas, Service Bar, Comune, Ambrose and Eve, Wolf's Ridge Brewing and more. Visit here for more information and to purchase tickets.
The new Brewery District restaurant Matt and Tony’s Wood Fired Kitchen (525 Short St.), will debut weekend brunch, beginning Saturday, Oct. 26. Brunch will be available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.