Food News: Little Ladies Soft Serve opens soon in Westerville; Budd Dairy adds two vendors

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

Erin Edwards
The Luella cone with a toasted marshmallow  from Little Ladies Soft Serve food truck

Openings & Announcements 

Lydia and Will Chambers’ popular ice cream truck Little Ladies Soft Serve is nearing the grand opening of its first brick-and-mortar storefront. The ice cream shop will debut Friday, Nov. 19, at 673 Worthington Road in Westerville. Customers can choose from a variety of soft serve flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and more, plus toppings like sprinkles, Oreos and Cocoa Pebbles. 

Last week, Budd Dairy Food Hall announced that two new businesses will join as rotating vendors this month. First up is Fourteen Twenty Nine bakery, which debuts in Budd Dairy’s Sugar incubator space on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Baker Amanda Caldwell’s social enterprise bakery offers brownies, blondies, cookies and cakes and also works to bring empowerment and equity to trafficking survivors in Columbus. In addition, Pablo’s Havana Cafe will join Budd Dairy’s Hatch incubator space on Nov. 22. The Powell eatery, owned by chef Pablo Taura, is known for its Cuban sandwiches, picadillo, tostones and more. 

The owners of Community Grounds Coffee & Meeting Space (1134 Parsons Ave.) have opened Off Center Patio & Pub, a vegan-friendly pizza shop, at 5286 Center St. in Hilliard. The pizzeria replaces Benito’s. Off Center specializes in a New-York-meets-Neapolitan-style pizzas and calzones, with vegan versions that feature Okalona cashew cheese and The Very Good Butcher pepperoni. The pizzeria is open for carry-out only to start and is working on getting its liquor license.  

Kitchen Social announced on social media that it’s adding a third location on the heels of its second, the Bridge Park restaurant that opened Nov. 4. The Columbus-based restaurant is set to join the Pinecrest mixed-use development in Orange Village, Ohio, just outside Cleveland. 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has released its holiday flavors, which include: Sugar Plum, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Pistacio Macaron, White Chocolate Peppermint and Cognac with Gingerbread. In addition, Jeni’s and Land-Grant Brewing have teamed up on brew that plays off Mexican Hot Chocolate. The new brew, Molinillo Mexican Hot Chocolate Porter, is available at Land-Grant's taproom (424 W. Town St.) and select stores in greater Columbus.