Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings & Expansions

The Daily Growler announced plans to open inside Polaris Fashion Place in December. This will be the fourth Central Ohio location of the craft beer bar/growler fill spot owned by John W. Blakely and his parents, John R. and Delores Blakely.

Sassafras Bakery has significantly expanded its hours. Previously open only four days a week, the Worthington bakery and café is now open daily at 657 High St. Its new hours are 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon., 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Tue. to Fri. and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun.

Somewhere in Particular Brewing Co., aka SIP, opened this week at 5055 Dierker Rd. on the Northwest Side. Owners Joe Casey and Nikki Gallo opened the 2,500-square-foot brewery, taproom and beer garden next to the historic Henderson House, which dates back to 1900 according to the Franklin County Auditor’s Office. SIP’s permanent brewmaster is gypsy brewer Pat Sullivan (aka Charlie Navillus), who has brewed under his own brand called Nowhere in Particular.

Red Door BBQ announced it plans to open a second location early next year inside The Point on Lane, a mixed-use development near the Ohio State campus. Red Door (you can read about its ribs here) opened its first location in April 2017 at the corner of Cypress Avenue and Town Street in Franklinton.

Ohio’s Division of Liquor Control is opening Last Call, a temporary liquor outlet that will sell clearance inventory. The store, which is a pilot program for the state agency, will open Oct. 18-21 and Oct. 25-28 at the former Giant Eagle at 777 Neil Ave. in Victorian Village.

Closings

Leone’s Pizza, a hole-in-the-wall pizzeria selling some of the best New York-style pies in town, is set to close on Sunday. (The pizzeria won both Critic's Choice awards at the 2018 Slice of Columbus last month.) The North Side spot owned by expert pizza-tosser Ryan LaRose made the announcement Wednesday night on social media. You can grab a final pie today through Sunday at 5413 Sinclair Road, but call before you go.

NiDoVi Pizza & More has closed at 6978 Rings Road in Dublin.

Events, Odds & Ends

The Circleville Pumpkin Festival, featuring parades, live music, pie-eating contests and more, continues through Saturday this week.

Seventh Son Brewing Co. is hosting a book release party this Friday, for Phaidon’s new guide “Where to Drink Beer.” The event takes place 5-8 p.m. in the brewery’s upstairs bar. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

Sue and Gary Baisden, the owners of Capital City Cakes in Grove City, will be featured on the show “Bake It Like Buddy” on the Discovery Family Channel. The episode is set to air at 9:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Former Cosecha Cocina chef Silas Caeton was recently featured on the Cooking Channel show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate!” The episode, which featured Caeton’s homemade salsa, will air again on Nov. 4. Caeton left Cosecha this year to become a partner at The Lox Bagel Shop, opening soon in the Short North.

The Columbus Commons Food Truck Food Court has two more Thursdays left in the season: today and next Thursday. There are 10 trucks in total, including this month’s featured food trucks En Place American Bistro and Maanas.

If you’re up for a road trip, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association hosts Ale-O-Ween this Saturday, at Dayton’s new downtown venue The Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St. The Halloween-themed event takes place 6-9 p.m. and features beers from 40 Ohio craft breweries, live music, food trucks and more. Costumes are encouraged.

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced a new multiyear partnership with North High Brewing. As part of the club’s Movember campaign to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues, North High has released North High Stick, a limited-release amber ale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Movember Foundation. For more information, visit bluejackets.com/movember. North High will also have a Club Level bar and a portable concession cart on the main concourse of Nationwide Arena.

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