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

Openings & Announcements

After a long wait, Nancy’s Home Cooking reopened Monday in its new home at 52 E. Lynn St., formerly Jack’s Downtown Diner. In February, the diner’s owner, Rick Hahn, announced Nancy’s would be leaving Clintonville after 52 years, with plans to reopen Downtown in April. Then the pandemic happened, followed by vandalism to the alley restaurant in late May. Nancy’s hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hahn also announced that the restaurant will begin offering dinner via a cloud kitchen delivery service. A launch date for delivery has not yet been set.

A stretch of South High Street just keeps getting better. Dough Mama announced yesterday that its new bakery/cafe will open on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 730 S. High St., formerly home to Kolache Republic. The Dough Mama South menu will consist of sandwiches, salads, quiches and owner Perrie Wilkof’s signature sweet and savory pies. Look for the café to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Read more about Wilkof’s decision to open Dough Mama South here.

Pierogi Mountain is now offering carryout and delivery from its new storefront at 105 N. Grant Ave., formerly Grass Skirt Tiki Room. Look for the restaurant to open for dine-in soon. Pierogi Mountain moved to the new space after a short stint in German Village that ended in March. Menu options include Hungarian poutine, mushroom stroganoff, vegan or beef schnitzel sandwiches and a variety of vegan and non-vegan pierogis.

The Downtown fine-dining restaurant Veritas (11 W. Gay St.) has launched its first takeout program, Veritas at Home. The new four-course meal, showcasing Mexican cuisine, is available for carryout and delivery (inside I-270) beginning Thursday.

Olivina Café is now open at 44 S. Sandusky St. in historic downtown Delaware. The new lunch spot, which serves a variety of salads and sandwiches, is an extension of Olivina Taproom, a gourmet shop for premium olive oils, vinegars, imported pastas and more.

A New York street food vendor has landed at Polaris Fashion Place. Sammy’s Halal, which has locations in Lower Manhattan and Queens, opened Saturday at Polaris’ food hall. The vendor offers South Asian inspired cuisine such as chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros.

The Downtown breakfast and lunch spot Gypsy on the Mile has reopened at 200 Civic Center Drive. Tucked away in a Downtown office building, the restaurant’s international menu ranges from Hungarian goulash to fish tacos to Reuben sandwiches and more.

The owner of Eddy’s Chicken and Waffles (3252 Noe-Bixby Road) has opened a new venture called Eddy’s Subs & Stuff at 4049 E. Livingston Ave., near Resch’s Bakery on the East Side.

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar in Gahanna (1301 Stoneridge Drive) has introduced delivery for online orders, a first for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Dine-in and curbside carryout are also available.


Jack & Benny’s Downtown Diner (12 E. Broad St.) has closed for good, according to an employee at the Jack & Benny’s Old North location.


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