Food News: Genjigo opens Downtown; Hong Kong House to close

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

Erin Edwards
Crispy diced chicken Chongqing style by Hong Kong House

Openings & Announcements 

The hibachi bowl restaurant Genjigo has opened Downtown at 77 E. Gay St., formerly Plantain Café. This is Genjigo’s eighth fast-casual restaurant, but its first inside I-270.  

The Dairy Hut, a Pataskala institution, is under new ownership and has reopened for the season at 42 S. Main St. Its longtime owners, Gary and Karen Bocock, have retired after 42 years and recently sold the old-school ice cream stand to Jeff and Caitlyn Heimerl. Several other seasonal ice cream spots have reopened for the season, including Double Happy (1280 Brown Road), Cream & Sugar (2185 Sullivant Ave.), Hilltop Dairy Twist (2860 Sullivant Ave.) and Jeni’s walk-up window in German Village (900 Mohawk St.).  

Walking Distance Brewing Co. is expected to open this spring in Marysville, according to the brewery’s website. Located in Uptown Marysville at 222 E. Eighth St., the brewery features beers such as the Ohio Boii American Ale, Clydesdale Stout and Marysville Imperialist Midwest Coast Rye IPA (aka a RyePA). 

Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos has launched its first Ohio location inside the CloudKitchens facility at 1282 Essex Ave. The new business marks Torchy’s first digital kitchen, exclusively offering delivery and takeout services through Torchys.com and the DoorDash delivery app.  

Reopenings 

Denmark on High (463 H. High St.) announced plans to reopen on May 21 after closing down for nearly a year because of COVID-19 safety concerns. The cocktail bar’s co-owner and bar manager, Garry White, spoke to Columbus Monthly recently about the decision to shut down the bar.  

Closings 

Hong Kong House (1821 W. Henderson Road), a Northwest Columbus favorite for Sichuan cuisine, is closing for good. Its last day is Sunday, May 2, according to Columbus Food Adventures, which has included the Chinese restaurant on its food tours for many years.