Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Easton Town Center's new brewpub Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery (4080 Worth Ave.) will open its doors to the public at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. The 12,000-square-foot botanical brewery and restaurant, which is headquartered in Chicago, is part of Easton's $500 million expansion on the shopping development's north end. The brewpub's executive chef is Paul Yow, formerly of Barcelona, Hae Paul’s and Biscuit & Branch.

Coast Wine House, Dublin’s new wine bar and bottle shop, will begin pouring on Friday, Nov. 29. Owners Dustin and Molly Snow are behind the new business, located in a historic house at 75 S. High St. During its debut weekend, the shop will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

This week, Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen (945 King Ave.) kicks off its tenure in Grandview with a sold-out Thanksgiving Eve show by Angela Perley. The restaurant, headed by executive chef Bradley Balch, is expected to open to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Read more about the new restaurant, bar and music hall here.

The Olde Towne East brewpub Gemüt Biergarten (734 Oak St.) recently added lunch and brunch to its lineup. The lunch menu features schnitzel sandwiches (both meat and vegan versions), a Reuben and chopped salad; lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Brunch offerings include pancakes, Austrian hash and frittata, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Kirin Noddle Bar, a new option for noodle dishes and dim sum, is now serving out of Chatime (4227 N. High St.) in Clintonville. In addition to Chatime’s bubble teas and smoothies, customers can order from a menu that includes pork xiao long bao (steamed soup dumplings), braised beef noodle soup and dan dan noodles.

A Michigan-based eatery called Noodle Topia is coming soon to 7541 Sawmill Road, formerly Mimian Asian Grill in Dublin. The Chinese spot serves a small menu of handmade noodle dishes and dim sum. 

The Short North space that recently housed Fabian’s pizzeria will soon be a paint-and-sip studio called Pinot’s Palette, a national chain based in Texas. The new business at 691 N. High St. is targeting a January opening. A second Central Ohio location of Pinot’s Palette is under construction in Powell.

Cocktail News

The expertise of two local bartenders was highlighted in national publications recently. For boozy gift giving, David Yee, beverage director at Oddfellows Liquor Bar, recommended a local gin for Food & Wine. Yee was also featured recently in this Q&A by Punch.com. And at Imbibe, beverage director Josh Gandee of Watershed Kitchen & Bar talks about the restaurant’s non-alcoholic riff on the classic negroni, the Senza Gas N/Agroni. Ordering one at Watershed this season will help raise funds for Ben’s Friends.

Events

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual Columbus Beerfest, taking place Jan. 17 and 18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N. High St.). The wintertime beer festival features live music and concessions from local food trucks to go along with local, regional and hard-to-find craft beers from more than 130 breweries. Purchase tickets or sign up to volunteer at columbusbeerfest.com.

P.S. We are so thankful for our readers. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

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