Food News: East Market debuts; Marlow's brings cheesesteaks to Gahanna

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

Erin Edwards
East Market is located at 212 Kelton Ave. in the Franklin Park neighborhood.

Openings & Announcements 

East Market, part of the large redevelopment project known as the Trolley District, celebrates its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. The market is located in a historic brick building (a former trolley barn) at the corner of Oak Street and Kelton Avenue in Franklin Park. Vendors that open in the market this week include American Nut Company, The Butcher & Grocer (now with a fishmonger and sandwiches), Creole 2 Geaux, Koso, The Plant Gays, Taste of Greece & Moroccan Street Food, Winston’s Coffee & Waffles and Yellow Brick Pizza. The market’s two bars, The Railhouse and Switch, are already open. In the upcoming months, East Market will add four more vendors: Just Chicken, Nola Daq Shack, The Pit BBQ Grille and Too Good Eats. Learn more about East Market’s grand opening here

Marlow's Steaks and The Water Ice Shoppe, a pair of businesses looking to recreate an authentic Philly experience, make their debut Saturday, April, at 93 N. High St. The businesses fill the spot vacated by Arepazo Tapas and Wine in Gahanna. Marlow’s will serve Philadelphia cheesesteaks and fries, while The Water Ice Shoppe will offer Italian ice for dessert. 

The Dry Mill, the city’s first sober bar, makes its debut Downtown this Saturday, April 30. Offering nonalcoholic cocktails, no-ABV beers and more, The Dry Mill's grand opening celebration takes place from 11 a.m.–11 p.m.  

Cameron Mitchell’s forthcoming Italian restaurant in German Village now has a name. Columbus Business First reports that the restaurant taking over the former G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar space will be named Cento, meaning 100 in Italian. 

Mikey’s Late Night Slice announced that its food truck will join Ray Ray’s Hog Pit as a permanent fixture at Franklinton’s Land-Grant Brewing (424 W. Town St.). The Late Night Slice truck will begin its residency Thursday, May 12, with pizza served Thursday through Monday during taproom operating hours, which will extend to 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 

A small vegan eatery called Zammy’s Vegan Kitchen is now open at 1155 Worthington Woods Blvd. Zammy’s menu features meat-free breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos served all day, plus salads, sandwiches and burgers. 

Beginning in May, North Market Downtown (59 Spruce St.) will return to its pre-COVID hours of operation. The market will also be open on Mondays, starting May 2. Here are the market’s expanded hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Note that individual merchants may adjust their own hours of operation. 

Accolades 

The James Beard Foundation announced nominations for its 2022 Media Awards yesterday. Columbus' own Alexis Nikole Nelson, a TikTok and Instagram star who runs the account @blackforager, was nominated under the Social Media Account category for her wildly entertaining and educational content on foraging. Read more about Nelson here