Openings, closings and more dining-related news

Kolache Republic celebrates its fifth anniversary on Thursday, July 26, with an open house from 6-9 p.m. at 730 S. High St. The Brewery District café and bakery serves Czech pastries and a new selection of sandwiches. Kolache also announced a new charitable partnership with the Children’s Hunger Alliance, which works to combat childhood food insecurity in Ohio. From July 31 through August 31, Kolache will donate 20 percent of its sales to the nonprofit.

The Israeli fast-casual chain Burgerim is now open Downtown at 121 S. High St., formerly home to The Chintz Room. Burgerim (which translates to “many burgers” in Hebrew) allows customers to design their own 2.8-ounce burgers with a variety of buns, patties, sauces and toppings.

Los Potosinos, the Mexican food truck known for its pollo al carbon, has added a second truck. Look for owner Lidia Labra’s new truck during lunchtime at Broad Street and Central Avenue in Franklinton and in the evenings at The Oracle, a new bar at 1159 Oak St. in Olde Towne East. The original truck is located at 1500 E. Long St.

Our sister publication, Columbus Alive, published its annual Beer Guide this week and named Lancaster-based Rockmill Brewery its 2018 Brewer of the Year. You can read Alive’s story about Rockmill here.

The Hills Market Downtown hosts its second annual Hog Roast from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 28. In addition to brews from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Co. and live music, attendees can purchase smoked pulled pork sandwiches with corn bread, baked beans and slaw for $10. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

The North Carolina-based chain Clean Eatz will open its first location in Central Ohio at 5063 N. High St. in the Graceland Shopping Center. The health-conscious café serves salads, smoothies, grain bowls, wraps, plant-based burgers and more. Look for a September opening.

The ninth annual Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest takes place July 27-28 in historic downtown Canal Winchester. The festival features live blues music, a variety of barbecue vendors, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities and more. Hours for the event are 5-11 p.m. Fri. and noon-11 p.m. Sat. For more information, visit bluesandribfest.com.

Columbus is getting a lot of love on the Food Network’s new series, Comfort Food Tour, with hosts Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey. On Saturday, July 28, Brown Bag Deli in German Village will appear in an episode titled “All American Eats.” The show airs at 8 p.m. Schmidt's Sausage Haus and the Korean food truck Ajumama will also appear on the show, but airdates have not yet been announced. 

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