Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Lower Lights Christian Health Center’s Jubilee Market and Café opened Wednesday at 1160 W. Broad St. in Franklinton. The nonprofit grocery store seeks to combat food insecurity by providing nutritious food at affordable prices in a neighborhood that has lacked a grocery store. The café is a partnership with Graze Catering, the same group that runs Graze café inside the Ohio Statehouse.

The Oracle, a new bar from the owners of Yellow Brick Pizza, opens Wednesday, May 23, at 1159 Oak St. in Olde Towne East.

Eden Burger, the plant-based burger joint at 1437 N. High St., is closed until further notice while it undergoes renovations and a menu revamp.

The Scottish pub Mac’s Café is temporarily closed at 693 N. High St. Co-owner Patrick Melick says the Short North pub is undergoing a complete renovation—its first since opening 30 years ago this month (goodbye, green Formica). Melick and co-owner Ronald Jezerinac plan to reopen in four to five weeks under the name Mac’s Proper Pub. Customers can still order Mac’s pub fare next door at Fabian’s during the hiatus.

The pizza cone and light bulb tea trends have hit Downtown Columbus with the opening Wednesday of Viiza at 4 E. Broad St. Its specialty is pizza served in a cone-shaped crust with ingredients ranging from classic pepperoni and tomato sauce to barbecued eel and Asian Zing sauce.

The Brews Over Beats Hip-Hop Craft Beer Festival, presented by Seventh Son Brewing and 2x2 Hip-Hop Festival, takes place 5-11 p.m. Friday, May 18, at 2000 S. High St. The event features live performances and more than 20 Ohio craft beers on tap. Visit brewsoverbeats.com for tickets.

The Goat’s Downtown location opened a coffee counter this week serving coffee and espresso from Nashville’s Crema Coffee Roasters. Open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, the new shop at 219 S. High St. also offers a small menu of breakfast foods like muffins and biscuit sandwiches.

The Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel opened on Tuesday along with its restaurant, The Two-One, named after the 21st Amendment. The hotel is located at 409 Altair Parkway.

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BEER OF THE MONTH: Columbus Brewing Co.’s Creeper

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10%

If there’s ever a famous beer to come out of Columbus, it’s Columbus Brewing Co.’s Creeper. The imperial IPA first gained national attention in 2014 after winning gold in its category at the Great American Beer Festival. It was well-earned. The brew pours a light amber with white lacing and features a balanced spectrum of flavors and aromas that are heavy on the pineapple and mango, with touches of piney bitterness and honey sweetness. 
—Nicholas Dekker 

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