Food News: Gatto’s Pizza reopens in former Wildflower Café space

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

Erin Edwards
Columbus Alive
Gatto's Pizza has relocated to the former Wildflower Cafe location on Indianola Avenue.

Openings & Announcements 

The Clintonville institution Gatto’s Pizza has reopened in its new space at 3420 Indianola Ave., formerly Wildflower Café. The longtime local pizzeria relocated after spending almost 70 years at its location on High Street. 

Another Clintonville stalwart, Dante’s Pizza, reopens Friday at 3586 Indianola Ave. following an extensive renovation of its dining room. Open since 1973, the pizzeria has been closed for remodeling since April. Dante’s will reopen for both dine-in and carryout. 

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the North Market’s new tower development now has a name: The Merchant Building. Construction on the $300 million project is scheduled to begin later this year. The development will take over what is now the historic North Market’s parking lot and will feature an 18,000-square-foot expansion of the market in addition to a hotel, event space, offices, residences, a restaurant, 350-space parking garage and other amenities. 

The hotly anticipated Myungrang Hotdogs, which serves Korean-style corndogs, is now open at 850 N. High St. in the Short North. Myungrang's menu offerings include beef hot dogs, potato-mozzarella dogs and squid ink-mozzarella dogs to name a few. 

80 East Bourbon & Cocktail Bar, a members-only social club featuring high-end bourbons and craft cocktails, is coming this fall to downtown Powell, according to a job listing posted on Indeed.com. Owner Gretchen Smith Bonasera also announced the new business on LinkedIn. The bar is currently under construction at 80 E. Olentangy St. 

Staff Moves 

Sommelier Gregory Stokes (a Columbus Monthly Tastemaker) has departed Lindey’s, where he was recently overseeing the beverage program. Stokes is now full-time at Accent by Veritas (49 N. High St.), the Downtown wine shop he launched in concert with Veritas’ Josh Dalton. 

Closings 

Soulshine Tavern & Kitchen, which was named one of Columbus Monthly’s Best New Restaurants in 2018, closed last weekend for good at 266 E. Main St. in New Albany. The owners made the announcement on social media, stating that they were unable to reach a lease agreement. The lease was set to expire May 31.  

Yohan Pizza is set to permanently close Saturday, May 28, at 515 Lazelle Road in Westerville. The pizzeria announced on social media that Ange’s Pizza will replace it.