Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news
One of the hottest chef-driven restaurants to open in the past two years, Ambrose and Eve, has closed for good, says chef-owner Catie Randazzo. Randazzo shared her decision with Alive on Monday. In partnership with chef Matthew Heaggans, Randazzo opened the restaurant at 716 S. High St. in November 2018, helping to ignite its stretch of South High Street as one of the most exciting places to eat and drink in Columbus. (Alive editor Andy Downing documented the restaurant’s opening here.) In 2019, Ambrose and Eve was named one of the best restaurants in the city by Columbus Monthly, but then the pandemic derailed the young restaurant’s momentum. In May, Heaggans parted ways with Ambrose and Eve; meanwhile, Randazzo tried to keep the restaurant going for months through carryout, family meals and a brief return to dine in. The city closed the Brewery District restaurant by order of the tax commissioner on Nov. 13.
The Granville-based bakery Lucky Cat is yet another victim of the pandemic. The bakery is listed for sale, and its last day of operation was Dec. 18, according to an announcement on the bakery’s website. “We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to our partners in the industry and the community at large who have allowed us to sustain operations for the past decade,” the announcement reads. Founded in 2009 by Andrew Selmer, the artisanal bakery was one of the most popular bread providers of its kind in the region, with wholesale partners such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, Alchemy, Lupo and others.
The Starbucks coffee shop at 650 S. Third St. in German Village is set to close on Jan 31, according to employees. The multinational coffee chain is in the middle of a transformation, moving to an emphasis on drive-thrus, walk-up windows and curbside-pickup locations. The Third Street space is up for lease, according to a sign in the window.
Openings & Announcements
After shuttering its King Avenue pizzeria this summer, Yellow Brick Pizza kicked of its soft opening this week at 415 W. Rich St. in Franklinton. The grand opening will take place Saturday, Dec. 26. The local pizzeria is joining the River & Rich development, which houses businesses such as ROY G BIV Gallery, One Line Coffee and Makers Social. Yellow Brick now has two locations, including the original shop in Olde Towne East (892 Oak St.), which opened more than a decade ago.
Slurping Turtle ramen shop made its debut this week at Easton Town Center (4049 Worth Ave.). After originally launching in Chicago in 2011, Slurping Turtle expanded to Ann Arbor in 2014. The restaurant, led by corporate executive chef Tadashi Nagura, features handmade ramen noodles, a sushi bar, expansive cocktail and sake program, private dining room and a heated patio.
A new Downtown restaurant called Uptown 51 Kitchen + Bar opened this month at 51 E. Gay St., formerly home to Café Phenix Bistro and Criollo. Running the kitchen is chef and managing partner Adam Yoho, most recently chef consultant at Gemüt Biergarten. Uptown 51 serves a menu of burgers, sandwiches and fried chicken tenders.
Westerville is the latest Central Ohio neighborhood to welcome Hot Chicken Takeover. The Nashville hot chicken spot is now open at 435 Polaris Pkwy. The new storefront marks the fifth for the company overall, with other locations at the North Market, Easton, Clintonville and Crocker Park near Cleveland.
The sixth volume of the Columbus Ale Trail launches on Jan. 1, featuring several new taproom stops such as Edison Brewing Co., Forbidden Root, Gemüt Biergarten and Saucy Brew Works. The passport program invites beer lovers to visit the many craft breweries in Central Ohio, collecting stamps along the way to earn prizes. The new edition will feature more than 50 stops along the trail, and participants may pick up a passport at any participating brewery. Check out the list of breweries along the trail at DrinkUp Columbus.Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to our weekly newsletters.