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

Openings and Announcements

Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory opens today at 1127 N. High St. in the Short North. The family-owned Mexican ice cream parlor offers ice cream and paletas in more than 40 flavors, plus mangonadas, elote, tamales, Dorilocos and more. Dulce Vida was founded in 2016 and has two other locations at 4201 W. Broad St. and 6140 Cleveland Ave. 

Crooked Can Brewing Co.’s taproom is now open at 5354 Center St. in Old Hilliard, anchoring the Center Street Market, a new community market set to open next month. The Florida-based brewery currently has 12 brews available, including three of its core creations: High Stepper American IPA, McSwagger's Own Amber Ale and Cloud Chaser Hefeweizen. The taproom will have limited hours to start: 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 4-11 p.m. Fri.; 2-11 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. 

In addition to Crooked Can, Center Street Market has announced 10 vendors so far, including Al’s Delicious Popcorn, Bakes by Lo, the Cheesecake Girl, Coffee Connections of Hilliard, Dumplings of Fury, Legacy Station (from the owners of Legacy Smokehouse), Meatball Mafia, Pitabilities, Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops and Serendipity. Learn more about the vendors here.

Saucy Brew Works is planning an early April grand opening for its Harrison West brewery and brewpub, its first expansion outside of Cleveland. The 190-seat space, located at 443 W. Third Ave., was previously home to Caffe Apropos. The brewpub will offer indoor and outdoor seating, along with a menu of New Haven-style pizza, sandwiches and more. In addition, the location will welcome a new venture called Saucy Coffee, a craft coffeehouse that will offer a single-origin house roast, pour overs, espresso drinks and a specialty menu inspired by Saucy beers. Founded by Brent Zimmerman and Eric Anderson in 2017, the Ohio City brewery has other expansion plans in the works, with new locations planned for Detroit, Cleveland’s Pinecrest neighborhood and Independence, Ohio.

Previously a carryout-only business, Jonys Sushi (195 Thurman Ave.) is now available for dine-in as well, though there’s limited seating. Customers can also order sushi next door at South Village Grille. The sushi spot is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Fun Fact

For 29 years, White Castle has gone a bit more upscale to celebrate Valentine’s Day (read: festive tablecloths and table service), and the tradition appears to be more popular than ever. According to Restaurant Business, a trade magazine, White Castle served more than 30,000 people who made reservations for Valentine’s Day through OpenTable, a record for the Columbus-based chain.

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