Food News: Columbus Taco Week commences; Chocolate Café to fill Brewery District space

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

Erin Edwards
Tacos from Dos Sabores Taqueria and Mexican Grill

Openings & Announcements 

The first Columbus Taco Week, organized by the folks behind Columbus Taco Fest, is taking place June 7-12 at area restaurants. Participating taco joints are offering $2 taco specials. Participants include Barrio Tacos, Dos Sabores Taqueria and Mexican Grill, Local Cantina, Cazuelas Mexican Cantina, Taco Nice, Village Taco and others. Columbus Taco Week will benefit the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, which supports foodservice industry workers who have been affected by COVID-19. Visit columbustacoweek.com for more information. 

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Speaking of tacos, comedian and restaurateur George Lopez is partnering with the virtual restaurant engine Nextbite to launch a delivery-only taqueria, George Lopez Tacos. The virtual restaurant, specializing in street tacos, debuts Tuesday, June 8, in Columbus and several other cities across the U.S. You can find the new brand on delivery apps like Uber Eats, Grubhub and others.  

The Fifth by Northwest café and desserts shop Chocolate Café (1855 Northwest Blvd.) is set to open a spinoff location this summer at 730 S. High St. Chocolate Café Express will fill the space that recently housed Dough Mama South, which closed in early May. 

Columbus Food Adventures recently added a new a Dublin walking tour that will roam from historic Dublin to Bridge Park. Food tastings will take place at each tour stop, which include Tucci’s, Our Cupcakery, North High Brewing, Fado, Frank and Carl’s and North Market Bridge Park, where the tour will visit Kintsugi, Lan Viet and The Little Kitchen. The 3.5-hour tour ($65 per person) takes place on Saturdays. 

Columbus is seeing an explosion of mobile coffee offerings. Rising Sun Coffee Co., a new coffee shop on wheels, kicked off service recently, with Mission Coffee Co. Brews on the menu. Park Service Coffee and Honey Cup Coffee Co., two other mobile coffee businesses, launched in recent weeks. 

On Sept. 4, Freedom a la Cart will host its first ever outdoor Eat Up Columbus, a fundraising event that supports Freedom's work to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking. The dinner will be hosted in the heart of the city near Freedom’s new Downtown café and bakery. Inspired by “Diner en Blanc” parties around the world, the venue will remain a secret until the night of the event. Eat Up Columbus will feature live music, a silent auction, a table decorating competition and dinner options from local Columbus restaurants. Tickets are on sale now at freedomalacart.org/eat-up

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