Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Preston’s: A Burger Joint, which was once a side project of chefs Matthew Heaggans and Catie Randazzo, is opening its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Downtown Columbus. The new location will be 15 W. Cherry St., a former shoe warehouse that’s being renovated by local developer RiverWest Partners. According to a report by Columbus Business First, Heaggans and Randazzo have also teamed with Reed Woogerd (formerly of Corso Ventures) and Bake Me Happy’s Letha Pugh to form Muse Hospitality. The restaurant group’s holdings currently include the chefs’ restaurant Ambrose and Eve, two Preston’s locations inside Woodland’s Backyard and Woodlands Tavern, as well as Randazzo’s Challah! food truck, which is currently on hiatus. The Cherry Street location of Preston’s is expected to open in the spring. Columbus Monthly named Preston's the champion of our citywide burger bracket last year.

Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen, the forthcoming spinoff 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. 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

Harvest owner Chris Crader’s plan to build a cidery in Granville is moving forward. Crader and business partner Trent Beers plan to open Seek No Further Cidery in a refurbished barn. According to the Newark Advocate, the Granville Village Council voted last week “to affirm the Granville Village Planning Commission’s earlier decision to approve a change in designation/use for the barn located at 120 E. Elm St.”

The Short North’s Philco Bar + Diner reopened last weekend after being closed since early summer. Located at 747 N. High St., the diner’s new hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Newark’s Cherry Valley Hotel (2299 Cherry Valley Road SE) is rolling out the first phase of its $20 million renovation. Formerly called Cherry Valley Lodge, the 200-room hotel’s makeover includes a trio of new dining and drinking amenities, and an upgrade of its lobby bar. The Craftsman Kitchen & Terrace restaurant, featuring a New American menu highlighting regional ingredients, is now open, along with a grab-and-go eatery called Granville Pantry. The hotel’s O&E Taphouse, a beer-focused bar offering a wide selection of Ohio brews on draft, is expected to open on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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.

Westerville’s Tula Taqueria (525 Lazelle Road) is adding breakfast to its lineup starting Saturday, Oct. 26. The new menu includes breakfast burritos, chilaquiles and more.

The North Market’s Black Radish Creamery cheese shop turns three today. Owners Anne and John Reese (members of Columbus Monthly’s Tastemakers class of 2017) are celebrating at the market by breaking out a wheel of single batch cheese this weekend.

Cincinnati-based Taft’s Brewing Company is targeting Nov. 15 for the grand opening of its Columbus Brewpourium at Franklinton’s Gravity development.

McAlister's Deli opened this week at 1593 Hilliard-Rome Road near Hilliard.

Psst…Delaware’s Mohio Pizza Co. (23 North Sandusky St.) will host another installment of its speakeasy events on Monday, Oct. 28, featuring a new lineup of craft cocktails and small plates.


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. Read more here.


Cocktail of the Month: Breakfast Can Wait at The Light of Seven Matchsticks

The Light of Seven Matchsticks takes its name from a fictitious book in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” which says all you need to know about the kitschy and playful cocktail bar beneath Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music in Worthington. The Breakfast Can Wait cocktail is delightfully smooth and lightly sweet, with a touch of smoke and bittersweet chocolate. It’s crafted from peated Scotch, cold brew coffee, Averna, dry Curaçao and topped with a cream float. —Nicholas Dekker


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