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

Openings & Announcements

The owner of Grandview’s The Butcher & Grocer, Tony Tanner, announced yesterday that he’s spinning off the wholesale arm of the business. The new entity, called TB&G Meats, will continue to supply the First Avenue butcher shop and its partner restaurants and retailers with sustainably raised Ohio meat products. TB&G Meats will begin construction of a 4,000-square-foot production facility tomorrow at 649 North James Road., formerly Actual Brewing Co. “Our current space simply cannot handle the volume; we don’t have enough space to supply both our retail and wholesale customers,” Tanner said in a press release. “We will continue to operate our store in Grandview and will be looking to open additional retail locations in other parts of Central Ohio.” Tanner first opened his specialty butcher shop and grocery in July 2016 at 1089 W. First Ave. This year, he and Butcher & Grocer partner Matt Evans opened a neighboring, meat-centric restaurant, Cleaver, at 1099 W. First Ave.

Vida’s Plant-Based Butcher will make its debut at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at 1724 Northwest Blvd. Like a traditional deli, the shop will offer cold cuts and cheeses—all of them 100 percent plant-based—plus hot and cold sandwiches. The shop, which replaces Dada Empanada, will launch with limited hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Patrick Daly, the owner of Atlas Tavern, has opened a new spot in Polaris called Nomad Hot Kitchen & Cool Spirits at 2050 Polaris Parkway, formerly home to Sweet Carrot. The restaurant’s centerpiece is a pair of Josper charcoal-fired ovens, lending smoke to menu items such as Ohio-sourced steak, Peruvian lomo saltado, a veggie board and Chilean sea bass.

The longtime Columbus food truck Pitabilities has opened a space inside Hilliard’s Center Street Market at 5354 Center St. The business sells a menu of pita sandwiches, salads and fries.

Franklinton’s Bottoms Up Coffee (1069 W. Broad St.) is now under new ownership. The new owner, Chakeyla Anderson, takes over the coffee shop from Josh and Meghan Boone, who own Cova Cowork. Bottoms Up is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

The German Village landmark Schmidt’s Restaurant Und Sausage Haus (240 E. Kossuth St.) will offer a “Pop Up Patio” throughout the fall. The tented dining area in Schmidt’s parking lot will seat 25 to 30 people, starting Monday. “The patio is under a peaked, open air tent and gives us an additional way to keep our guests safe, comfortable and socially distanced,” said general manager Kyle Schmidt in a press release.

The burger pop-up Ash & Em has taken over the kitchen at Classics Sports Bar (547 S. High St.) in the Brewery District. Menu items include smashburgers, a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, wings and fries.

Alberta’s Pizza Kitchen is running a pop-up inside Hey Hey Bar & Grill (361 E. Whittier St.) in Merion Village. In addition to pizza, the kitchen serves up wings, garlic knots, salads and subs.

News

Last week, the Ohio Senate passed a bill that would permit Ohio restaurants and bars to sell to-go cocktails permanently, a measure aimed at helping Ohio’s hospitality businesses survive amid the pandemic. The bill is awaiting Gov. Mike DeWine’s signature.

In national news, this week House Democrats released an updated version of the $2.2 trillion HEROES Act that includes $120 billion in grants for restaurants, bars and food trucks impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the COVID-19 relief bill, restaurants with an annual revenue of less than $1.5 million would be eligible, and grants would prioritize ”marginalized and underrepresented communities, with a focus on women- and minority-owned, and women- and minority-operated eligible entities.” House Democrats have delayed a vote on the bill in an effort to drum up bipartisan support. Read more at Nation’s Restaurant News here.

Closings

Dublin’s La Scala (4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road) is for sale and will close at the end of the month if a new owner doesn’t step in to revive the longtime business, according to a report from 614Now.com. The owner’s father William “Willi” Lalli died this year from complications related to COVID-19, and the restaurant, founded in 1972, has struggled to survive amid the pandemic.