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

Openings and Announcements

True Food Kitchen, a health-driven restaurant co-founded by integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, is set to open its first Ohio location on April 8 at 4052 Worth Ave. in Easton Town Center. The Phoenix-based restaurant and bar chain, which emphasizes seasonal ingredients and responsible sourcing, has locations in 14 other states around the U.S.

One Line Coffee is now serving its signature coffees and espresso drinks from a new shop at the River & Rich development in Franklinton (471 W. Rich St.). In addition, the new spot serves beer, wine and small plates made in-house. This is the third location for One Line, including coffee shops in the Short North and Downtown.

Tamo’s Pizzeria has replaced the recently shuttered Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken at 1333 Northwest Blvd. in Fifth by Northwest. The menu features New York-style pizza, stromboli, pasta dinners, subs, gyros and more. The owners of Uncle Nick’s moved the restaurant up the street to 1717 Northwest Blvd. and rebranded the fried chicken joint as The Crispy Coop.

ThisWeek Community News is reporting that Gallo’s on High, a new concept from the owners of Gallo’s Tap Room and Gallo’s Kitchen and Bar, will open this May at 4215 N. High St., formerly Little Eater in Clintonville.

The Polaris area has a new spot for sushi and hibachi fare. Sushi Factory officially opened Sunday at 8715 Sancus Blvd., formerly El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant.

CloudKitchens, the secretive “ghost kitchen” startup founded by ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, plans to add a commercial kitchen space in the Short North. Reached by email, a representative from the company declined to provide a timeline or exact address. With the rise of delivery apps such as UberEats and DoorDash, virtual kitchens have started surging around the U.S., and CloudKitchens is the latest entry into Central Ohio. Indianapolis-based ClusterTruck launched a delivery-only restaurant here in 2017, and the owners of Matt and Tony’s Wood Fired Kitchen kicked off a delivery-only commercial space this week called Matt and Tony’s At Home. CloudKitchens is seeking local restaurant partners interested in renting kitchen space.

Meanwhile, the California-based startup Kitchen United has dropped plans to launch a virtual restaurant this spring in Grandview. The company announced last year that it planned to open a ghost kitchen at 1471-1481 W. Goodale Blvd. Reached last week by phone, a Kitchen United representative said the Grandview commercial space was deemed too large and the area around it not densely populated enough. Kitchen United, which has kitchens in Pasadena, Chicago and Scottsdale, Arizona, is still considering other locations around Columbus.

Relocating

Nancy’s Home Cooking will end its run this weekend at 3133 N. High St. Owner Rick Hahn had previously announced the closure on Facebook. The diner’s last day of service in Clintonville will be Sunday, March 8, when Hahn plans to serve only coffee, soft drinks and cake from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nancy’s is planning to relocate this spring to 52 E. Lynn St., previously home to Jack’s Downtown Diner.

Pierogi Mountain announced this week on social media that Monday, March 23, will be its last day at 739 S. Third St. in German Village. According to a Facebook post, the pierogi eatery already had plans in the works to relocate, and its original location inside Cafe Bourbon Street will remain open. Since 2019, Pierogi Mountain has operated the kitchen inside Wunderbar, formerly home to the original Max & Erma’s. Wunderbar, which shares the building with the Kollektiv coworking space, came under fire in recent months for noise complaints, and in February the bar was forced to end all live entertainment in order to comply with city zoning code.

Closings

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant abruptly closed last weekend as its owner, Craftworks Holdings LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Gordon Biersch, which opened in January 2001 at 401 N. Front St., was one of the Arena District’s original tenants and one of Central Ohio’s oldest brewpubs. The Arena District now has two big retail holes to fill, including Gordon Biersch’s onetime neighbor, The Three-Legged Mare, which closed last fall.

The Indianapolis-based wine bar Tastings – A Wine Experience is closing its Short North location after nearly three years. Its last day of business at 958 N. High St. is Saturday, March 7. Tastings recently announced a lease extension and major renovation of its location in the Conrad Indianapolis hotel.

Kroger Co. is shutting down all of its Fresh Eats MKT locations, including two in Central Ohio. The Cincinnati-based retailer launched the small-format grocery concept in 2017. The stores at 930 N. Waggoner Road and 620 Norton Road are expected to close this week.

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