Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news
Openings and Announcements
New Albany announced two big additions to its food scene this week. German Village icon Katzinger’s Delicatessen, which expanded to Dublin last year, will join the Market & Main II development at 160 W. Main St., between Johnson’s Ice Cream and the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. Meanwhile, Harvest X Three Tigers, a new collaboration between Harvest Pizzeria owner Chris Crader and Granville’s Three Tigers Brewing Co., is putting down roots at the former New Albany Mill site at the corner of Main Street and Dublin-Granville Road. “We’re excited to be partnering with Three Tigers Brewing Co. to present a lively restaurant and microbrewery experience in the heart of New Albany,” Crader said in a press release. “Our goal is to open this summer so that guests can enjoy our locally sourced menu, craft beer and artisan cocktails either inside or on the outdoor patio situated along Rose Run Park.”
Alchemy Brands, one of A&R Creative Group’s ventures, is launching a meal-delivery service called Alchemy Meal Prep this month. The service is an extension of Alchemy Café (645 Parsons Ave.) and Alchemy Kitchen (1439 Grandview Ave.), two eateries known for smoothie bowls, avocado toast and other healthful eats. Alchemy Meal Prep will feature breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes developed by Alexis Joseph, a registered dietitian and partner in Alchemy, and chef Alex Placencia. The meals, which cost around $11 to $15 each, will be available for home delivery or pickup. Sign up to learn more at alchemymealprep.com.
The Pit BBQ Grille debuted its second Central Ohio eatery last weekend at 1542 Parsons Ave. The restaurant offers pulled pork, rib tips, Polish Boy sausage sandwiches, sides and more. The new location also features a bar. Co-owners Bryant Browning, Chimdi Chekwa—both former Ohio State football players—Mike Johnson and D’Andre Martin opened their first dine-in restaurant in 2016 at 3545 Cleveland Ave. in North Linden.
Just down the street, Scotty Niemet, founder of the bygone Columbus dance party Sweatin’, is unveiling an LGBTQA- and vegan-friendly bar called Daddy’s at 1071 Parsons Ave., previously The Highball Tavern. The public soft opening takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 15, followed by a grand opening Feb. 20-23. Niemet’s new bar will feature vegan-friendly food trucks, beers, wines and cocktails. Vegan food truck Seitan’s Realm will be on the scene every Friday from 5 to 10 p.m.
Plans for a second Philco Bar + Diner on Livingston Avenue have officially been scrapped by restaurateurs Randy and Tina Corbin, according to a report by ThisWeek Community News. The building at 277 E. Livingston Ave. has been empty since Happy Dragon closed more than two years ago.
A Michigan-based chicken wings chain called Wing Snob launched its first Ohio location last week at 7370 Sawmill Road. The menu includes hormone-free boneless and traditional chicken wings (as well as cauliflower wings) with a variety of sauces and dry rubs from which to choose. A second Wing Snob is coming to 5179 N. High St. in Clintonville, formerly Marco’s Pizza.
Downtown Granville’s casual lunch spot Eat Up has reopened under new ownership with a slightly revised menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. Eat Up Is located above Whit’s Frozen Custard at 138 Broadway E.
Hot Mikey’s Takeover, the fundraiser/collaboration from Hot Chicken Takeover and Mikey’s Late Night Slice, returns for a fifth year this month. This year’s ticketed HMT kick-off party takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mikey’s Downtown (268 S. Fourth St.). The collaborative pizza features Nashville-style hot chicken bites, pickles and HCT’s house-made ranch on Mikey’s crust. For every dollar spent throughout the run of the pizza, the businesses will donate a diaper to the Columbus Diaper Bank. This year, HMT will also offer a vegan version of the pizza, available only on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Mikey’s High & Vine location (457 N. High St.).
Cocktail of the Month: Rooh’s Kashmiri Kahwa
The Short North newcomer Rooh introduces contemporary Indian flavors paired with a thoughtful cocktail selection. The Kashmiri Kahwa ($13) features an interesting blend of Scotch, red wine reduction, lime and honey. The ruby-red cocktail is served chilled in an intricate porcelain teacup, and while the rich concoction is listed under the sour category on Rooh’s Ayurveda-inspired cocktail list, it leans more toward in the sweet, balanced by a touch of smoke from the Scotch and tanginess from the lime. —Nicholas Dekker
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