Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news
A new city ordinance requiring Columbus bars, nightclubs and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. was blocked Tuesday afternoon by a Franklin County judge, just hours before it was expected to go into effect. The new public health order was aimed at slowing community spread of COVID-19. Columbus City Council voted on the order Monday night, and a group of bars and restaurants that oppose the action, including Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Pins Mechanical Co., filed suit Tuesday. Opponents said the order would doom small businesses that are already barely scraping by because of the pandemic. Common Pleas Judge Mark Serrott granted a 14-day restraining order blocking the city’s restrictions. The Columbus Dispatch has more here.
Openings & Announcements
Annie and Luke Pierce, the masterminds behind Law Bird, are launching a food venture called Boxwood Biscuit Co. The new pop-up will operate out of the Law Bird kitchen on Saturday and Sunday mornings. To create the Boxwood menu, the pair partnered with The Market Italian Village’s executive chef, Tyler Minnis, who developed Boxwood’s biscuit recipe, sandwiches and breakfast bowls. Brunch-style cocktails will also be available for pairing with Boxwood’s menu items, and the couple is developing a house cold brew using Thunderkiss Coffee. The launch of Boxwood comes on the heels of the Pierces completely revamping Law Bird’s business model around to-go cocktails and retail wine bottle sales. “If successful, Boxwood helps pay the rent and fixed costs that Law Bird incurs, as well as gives us a new brand to grow post-COVID,” Luke Pierce said via email. “We look at this as a way to continue to move forward, not just tread water as a business.” Law Bird’s grab-and-go market for cocktails, wine and snacks will continue to run out of the bar’s storefront at 740 S. High St. Meanwhile, Boxwood will operate out of Law Bird’s side door, and guests picking up their orders will not enter the building. Stay tuned for an opening date.
Pattycake Bakery (3009 N. High St.) has reopened for the first time since closing in mid-March because of the pandemic. The vegan bakery is offering contactless ordering only, with curbside carry-out and local delivery options. Preorders are now being accepted on Pattycake’s website. The bake shop will begin taking cake orders Thursday.
Vietnamese and Laotian restaurant Indochine Café has permanently closed its dining room and switched to a takeout-only model, including online ordering and a drive-thru window. The mom-and-pop restaurant opened 15 years ago at 561 S. Hamilton Road on the East Side.
An Australia-based restaurant chain called Greenhouse Canteen + Bar is poised to open a Columbus location soon, its first U.S. outpost. The plant-based eatery will fill the space vacated by Pokeworks at 1011 W. Fifth Ave. A sampling of menu items include jackfruit enchiladas, mushroom burgers and cauliflower wings.
Hilliard has extended the city’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) through Oct. 31. The DORA, which was set to expire Aug. 15, allows Old Hilliard visitors to purchase alcoholic beverages at participating businesses and walk outdoors within the designated boundaries.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is closing two of its Central Ohio locations for good. The scoop shops in Powell (8 N. Liberty St.) and Bexley (2156 E. Main St.) will not reopen, according to media reports. Both locations have also been removed from the Jeni’s website. Jeni’s continues to operate eight locations in Central Ohio, though the seasonal shop at Downtown’s Columbus Commons has yet to open this year.
After a 3-year run,Winans Chocolates + Coffees will close its shop near the Columbus Commons at 216 S. High St. Its last day will be Friday, August 7. In a social media post, the Piqua, Ohio-based chocolatier and coffee roaster cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the closure. Winans’ other Central Ohio locations in German Village, Grandview Yard and Dublin will remain open.
Clintonville sandwich shop A Common Table closed for good last Friday, according to a post on the café’s website. Owners Josh and Kristen Taylor opened the small café at 3496 N. High St. in February 2019.
Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen (247 King Ave.) is holding a pop-market outside of the restaurant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Visitors can expect produce from Hershberger’s Farm, bread from Cincinnati’s Sixteen Bricks Bakery, wine, local honey, maple syrup and a selection of imported and domestic meats and cheeses. Attendees are asked to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.Information is critical. Read our latest reporting on the coronavirus response here.