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

Openings and Announcements

RH Columbus, Restoration Hardware’s 60,000-square-foot, three-level retail space, opened today at Easton Town Center, and the new high-end furniture store includes two swanky spaces for dining and drinking. According to a press release, the year-round RH Rooftop Restaurant & Park features a “garden escape offering a timeless, ingredient-driven menu beneath a soaring atrium with retractable glass walls, sparkling crystal chandeliers and trellised London plane trees.” The restaurant opens onto a landscaped park. In addition, visitors can enjoy espresso, wine and pastries from the Wine & Barista Bar. RH has opened similar rooftop restaurants in Manhattan, West Palm Beach and Minneapolis. RH Columbus, The Gallery is located at 4120 Worth Ave., east of Nordstrom.

Columbus State Community College’s new restaurant, Degrees, will open to the public on Tuesday, Jan 21. The professionally managed, student-staffed restaurant is part of the college’s culinary arts program. Degrees, which will have a liquor license, will serve lunch and dinner on weekdays while school is in session.

Portia’s Diner, the sibling restaurant to Portia’s Café, opened last week at 3269 N. High St., formerly home to Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery. The new diner from owner Portia Yiamouyiannis serves 100 percent vegan fare, such as breakfast burritos, French toast, burgers and grilled “cheeze” sandwiches. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Grandview’s Endeavor Brewing Co. (909 W. Fifth Ave.) is rebranding as Endeavor Brewing & Spirits, Central Ohio’s first combined craft brewery and distillery. Owner and co-founder Scott Talmage says a distillery has been in the works since the brewery launched in 2017. Endeavor plans to release vodka, rum and two gin varietals in early 2020; aged spirits such as whiskey will follow.

As we reported previously, the plant-based eatery Village Taco is coming soon to the former Hal & Al’s space on the South Side. To help the business’ final push to opening day, the owners are hosting a preview and fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1297 Parsons Ave. Village Taco currently serves vegan tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more from a small space at 7 E. Main St. in Alexandria. Learn more about Village Taco’s preview here.

Fay’s Crepes is now open in the Polaris Fashion Place food court (1500 Polaris Pkwy.). The new, locally owned food stall serves “crepe cones” filled with a variety of toppings such as fruit, candy, Nutella and more.

Belly Burger, a new burger-and-fries venture, opened last week at 26 N. High St., replacing Oliver’s. The casual restaurant and bar also offers boozy milkshakes and slushies.


The District PourHouse (1568 N. High St.) closes Friday, Dec. 13, in the Gateway - University District after a little more than a year.

NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop at 2245 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Linworth has closed.


Beer of the Month: Commonhouse Ales’ Punkt

Style: Imperial Porter

ABV: 7.8%

Punkt first made its debut at Commonhouse Ales’ sister brewery, Smokehouse Brewing, and has since become part of the seasonal lineup, bottled and released every fall. The imperial porter is flavored with roasted pumpkin and autumn’s greatest hits: nutmeg, clove, allspice, Vietnamese cinnamon and fresh ginger. The resulting ruby red brew blends classic fall spices with a bit of caramelized sweetness from the pumpkin, plus the dark and toasty flavors typical of a porter. Punkt will be available through November. —Nicholas Dekker 


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