Food News: The Mercury Diner Sets Grand Opening on Parsons Avenue

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

Erin Edwards
Columbus Monthly
The Mercury Diner will open in November at the former Crest Gastropub location in Schumacher Place.

Openings & Announcements

The Mercury Diner, the latest concept from the restaurant group A&R Creative, will hold its grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 17. The cosmic-meets-retro diner replaces A&R’s Crest Gastropub at 621 Parsons Ave. in Schumacher Place. Ave. You can check out Mercury Diner’s menu here, which includes the Big Bang (biscuits and gravy), an egg-and-cheese English muffin sandwich, patty melt, garlic bread grilled cheese and Brioso coffee. The diner will also offer beer, wine, cocktails and shakes that you can make boozy, as well as serve breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday. 

Pablo’s Havana Café opened earlier than expected at North Market Bridge Park (6750 Longshore St.). The Cuban eatery offers El Cubano sandwiches, beef empanadas, tostones and more.  

Law Bird unveiled a new menu this week, its first big update since Tastemaker PJ Ford joined the team. We’re intrigued by the Stroop, There it Is! with Biscoff-infused bourbon and the G.O.A.T featuring spiced goat’s milk and gin. Check out the new menu on Law Bird’s Instagram

Today, COhatch and its partner North High Brewing gave us a virtual sneak peek at their new Westerville location, a renovation of the historic armory building. North High’s latest collaboration with the Columbus-based coworking company will feature a restaurant and brewpub, multiple patio spaces, an outdoor bar and music stage. North High and COhatch are targeting a spring/summer 2023 opening for the Westerville location. Check out the virtual tour video here

Olde Towne East’s Gemüt Biergarten (734 Oak St.) has added a new and improved tent, which means a more comfortable beer garden atmosphere this fall and winter. Check out our story on the brewery's owners here.  

Land-Grant Brewing Co.’s Wintergarden is returning this season at 424 W. Town St. in Franklinton. You can now secure your spot for brewery curling and/or a cozy igloo at Curling matches are 90 minutes long and take place on the brewery’s 1,300-square-foot ice rink in the beer garden. 

The Junto, the new boutique hotel under construction in Franklinton, has hired a general manager and released more details about its half-dozen food and drink venues. The hotel is expected to open next spring. The hotel’s operator, Makeready, announced this week that Jason Delcamp is the hotel’s new general manager. He comes to Columbus from Halcyon, a Makeready hotel in Cherry Creek, Colorado. Here’s a rundown of the hotel’s dining and nightlife options:  

  • Little West Tavern is a neighborhood restaurant and bar featuring wood-hearth cooking.  
  • The hotel’s coffee shop, Maudine’s, is named after Maudine Ormsby, the Holstein cow named Ohio State University’s 1926 Homecoming Queen. (It’s true.)  
  • Topping the hotel will be the rooftop bar Brass Eye, named after a phrase for drunkenness—“got a brass eye”—that was allegedly coined by Benjamin Franklin. 
  • The Trade Room is a lobby gathering space for a quick breakfast or, in the evening, a place to grab a drink.  
  • The Back Patio is an alfresco space off The Trade Room featuring an open fireplace. 
  • Perhaps most intriguing is Little West Poutine, a walk-up window offering poutine.