Openings, closings and more dining-related news
Grandview’s Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, which closed this summer for remodeling, reopened today at 11 a.m. Located at 1299 Olentangy River Road, the 5,156-square-foot restaurant from Cameron Mitchell features an expanded patio, second diner counter, more booths and additional parking spaces. Cap City returns with a comfort food menu that includes specialties like meatloaf, shrimp and grits, braised beef short rib and its Seriously Big Chocolate Cake.
Ill Mannered Brewing Co. opened its new facility at 38 Grace Drive in Powell this week. The space features a 1,500-square-foot taproom and large patio with access to food truck parking. In July, the three-year-old brewery brought home two gold medals from the inaugural Ohio Craft Brewers Cup for its Ill Manna Slamma Blonde Ale and Malt Tank Scottish Ale.
Flavored Nation, an event featuring iconic dishes from across the U.S. prepared by both local and national chefs, takes place August 11-12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. GateHouse Media, which owns Columbus Monthly and its sister publications including The Columbus Dispatch, is the presenter of Flavored Nation. Visit flavorednation.com for more information.
Columbus State Community College’s 30th Annual Taste the Future fundraiser, featuring more than 50 food stations, takes place 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, on the CSCC campus at 550 E. Spring St. To purchase tickets, visit tastethefuture.com.
The Short North location of Pies & Pints has closed at 1026 N. High St.
The first ever Lancaster Brew Week runs August 12-18 with more than 20 beer-related events planned. The week culminates on Saturday, Aug. 18, with the Fifth Annual Lancaster BrewFest, a festival in downtown Lancaster featuring more than 20 Ohio breweries, food trucks and live entertainment.
The owners of Hen Quarter Dublin announced the Southern restaurant and bourbon bar will open at 6628 Riverside Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Hen Quarter is owned by a Washington, D.C.-based restaurant group, but the Bridge Park location will be managed by Columbus-based Jordan Restaurant Group.
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing announced that its new events venue, the Hickory Room, will open for booking starting Aug. 20. The new space is adjacent to the Downtown brewpub’s dining room on Fourth Street. Stay tuned for details on the brewery’s fifth-anniversary bash, taking place Sept. 29.
Palle by Moretti, the Grandview-area meatball slinger from owners Tim and Jami Moretti, opened inside the Short North Food Hall this week.
Zen Bee Meadery opened recently at 7472 Reliance St. in Worthington. That makes three meaderies in Central Ohio, including Brothers Drake Meadery near Grandview and recently opened Uprising Meadworks on the East Side.
Beer of the Month: Commonhouse Ales’ IPA for the People
India Pale Ales are synonymous with craft beer these days, so breweries must find their own angle when brewing the popular style. Commonhouse Ales developed its IPA by asking the public and a panel of beer geeks to vote on one of three potential recipes. The result is an IPA that’s true to the hoppy style while balancing a sweet core. The mixture of hops adds pleasant bitter notes overlaid with hints of citrus and tropical fruit. —Nicholas Dekker
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