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

Openings and Announcements

Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce, a burger bar-meets-burlesque lounge, made its debut last week at 3459 Brighton Rose Square as part of Easton Town Center’s $500 million expansion. The new venture from Kane, a Los Angeles-based restaurateur, features a New York-style diner on the ground floor, with a menu of over-the-top burgers and milkshakes. A “secret” entrance through the kitchen leads to a second-floor lounge and burlesque club. The café and lounge are open seven days a week, while the club’s nightlife scene kicks off at 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Wild Ginger Asian Fusion recently opened at 7434 State Route 161 in the Dublin Green development in Jerome Township. Owner Justin Ye launched his first Wild Ginger at 1726 Hilliard Rome Road in 2012, followed by Ye’s Asian Vegan, which opened last fall at 2469 Hilliard Rome Road.

The owners of Coco's Grill on the Northwest Side are the new proprietors of the former Peking Hot Pot on Bethel Road. Now named CoCo’s Hot Pot, the Chinese restaurant at 743 Bethel Road has been remodeled and offers an expanded selection of Chinese fare. A liquor license is in the works.

The paint-and-sip studio Pinot’s Palette opened this week at 170 W. Olentangy St. in Powell, and it will soon be joined by a sister location. Customers can grab a brush and a glass of wine when the Short North location hosts its grand opening on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 691 N. High St., formerly Fabian’s.

The “competitive entertainment” entrepreneur Marty Parker (owner of Columbus Axe Throwing and Throw Nation) has launched a new concept, The Blind Ninja Dinner Challenge, in which participants dine on a five-course dinner—while blindfolded. The new “dining in the dark” experience is located at 560 S. High St., home to Columbus Axe Throwing in the Brewery District. The Blind Ninja Dinner Challenge offers two seatings (6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) Fridays and Saturdays. 

Causes

Veritas is pitching in to help with bushfire relief in Australia. From now until Valentine’s Day, order a glass or bottle of Australian wine and the restaurant will donate 25 percent of the proceeds to Australian bushfire relief programs.

Events

The 10th Annual Columbus Beerfest takes place Jan. 17-18 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 national craft beers from more than 130 breweries. Participating breweries include Against the Grain Brewery (Kentucky), Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (California), Cigar City Brewing Co. (Florida), Hi-Wire Brewing (North Carolina), Pretentious Barrel House (Columbus), Southern Tier Brewing Co. (New York), Weasel Boy Brewing Co. (Zanesville), Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Columbus) and many more. Visit columbusbeerfest.com for more information.

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