Food News: Smash Brothers Sliders launching soon; Tupelo Honey headed to Ohio

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

Erin Edwards
A 10-pack of Smash Brothers Sliders and garlic-Parmesan tots

Openings & Announcements

A budding burger concept called Smash Brothers Sliders plans to introduce itself to the Columbus area starting on Dec. 2 at the Ohio Taproom (1291 W. Third Ave.). Smash Brothers, the work of three brothers who grew up in Columbus, will serve beef smashburger sliders (either classic or with jalapeño-based Angry Sauce), tater tots and more from a food truck at the taproom. The new burger brand will also offer online ordering with delivery within a 5- to 8-mile mile radius. The pop-up is set to operate 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through March 5, but according to co-founder Sam O’Brien, the Smash Brothers’ pop-up is a “pilot concept for some much bigger plans." 

The popular Southern restaurant chain Tupelo Honey is making its way to Columbus next summer, according to the company’s website. The restaurant will join the Westmont at The Lane development at 1690 W. Lane Ave. in Upper Arlington, and will mark the company’s entry into Ohio. Founded in 2000 in Asheville, North Carolina, Tupelo Honey has since grown to 17 locations across the U.S. (with four more on the way, including Columbus). The restaurant puts a modern spin on Southern fare, serving all-day brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails, with dishes such as fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, fried chicken and banana pudding for dessert. 

The Grandview-area distillery Echo Spirits Distilling Co. released a new rum this week. The distillery describes its new Queen’s Share Rum as “a more intense version of its best-selling white rum.” The Queen’s Share is “crafted by re-distilling the most flavor-rich portion of the initial rum distillation,” making it hard to come by. “We are only able to fill one barrel of Queen’s Share for every ten to twelve times we distill our normal rum” said co-distiller Nikhil Sharoff in an announcement. “We only have one barrel to show off this year, and likely only one will be ready next year.” The distillery plans to make Queen’s Share a yearly release each November. Right now, you can find bottles of Queen’s Share Rum at the Echo Spirits bottle shop at 985 W. Sixth Ave. The bottle retails for $70. 

Watershed Kitchen & Bar recently relaunched its happy hour, featuring half-off all snacks and "tidbits" as well as the full cocktail menu. Happy hour takes place 5-6 p.m. every Thursday and Friday and 4-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Accolades

North Country Charcuterie’s herbed wagyu bresaola, which is Ohio-sourced and cured for four to six months, has been recognized as a 2022 Good Food Award finalist. North Country is one of only three finalists from Ohio and the only one from Columbus. The annual Good Food Awards recognize American products such as charcuterie, confections, grains, coffee, spirits and others that are exceptional in craftsmanship and exemplify both social and environmental responsibility.