Pearl Alley is losing a lunchtime favorite but may quickly be replaced; chef Andrew Smith prepares to leave Rockmill Tavern; plus more news from the local dining scene.

Yesterday, the owners of Arepazo announced plans via Facebook to close their popular flagship location in Pearl Alley. Owners Carlos and Carolina Gutierrez have yet to set a closing date. The beloved lunchtime spot known for its Colombian and Venezuelan fare has two sister locations in the Brewery District (only a mile away) and Gahanna that will remain open.

“We’ve been there for 13 years. … We have the Brewery District location. I feel like the alley needs something fresh,” said Carolina Gutierrez when reached by phone on Thursday at the South High Street location. “We’re hoping to drive those customers to this location.”

Gutierrez says the couple is in negotiations to sell the restaurant to Victor Omar D’Angelo, the owner of the popular food truck Barroluco Argentine Comfort Food.

“They have a great menu. They’re super hot right now,” she says about D’Angelo’s 2-year-old food truck. “We’ve done great in that spot, so we want them to do well,” she says, adding that she and her husband were not planning to sell the Pearl Alley restaurant until D’Angelo floated the idea about two months ago.

A lease has not yet been signed, which means there’s still time to grab a plate of patacón with a side of Arepazo cilantro sauce at 47 N. Pearl St. 

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Openings

Brekkie Shack, a breakfast/brunch/lunch spot from twin sisters Lindsey and Lisa Rusch, opened Tuesday in Grandview Yard. The new eatery, located at 1060 Yard St., serves scratch-baked goods, savory breakfast dishes, Crimson Cup coffee, craft cocktails and more. The new spot will have flexible hours this Friday through Sunday.

Columbus-based “tea beer” brewer Wild Ohio Brewing Co. announced plans to open its own brewery in December at 2025 S. High St. on the South Side. The brewery will add a taproom in early 2019. Wild Ohio’s gluten-free offerings—like the DalyPalmer and Blood Orange Tangerine tea beers—use tea leaves and ale yeast instead of barley or malt.

The New Albany Indoor Farmers Market kicks off Saturday at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany at 150 W. Main St., Ste B. The market takes place the first Saturday of each month through March 2019.

Closings

Claddagh Irish Pub, located at 585 S. Front St. in the Brewery District, recently announced its final day in business would be this Sunday after a 17-year run. No reason was given for the closure.

Odds & Ends

Andrew Smith (a past Columbus Monthly Tastemaker) is leaving his post as executive chef at Rockmill Tavern. Smith has been with Rockmill since it opened in the Brewery District two years ago, earning it a spot on Columbus Monthly’s 10 Best Restaurants list the last two years. Smith says he plans to help restaurateurs Randy and Tina Corbin (Club 185, El Camino, Little Palace, Philco Bar + Diner and The Rossi Bar & Kitchen) open their second Philco location on Livingston Avenue and lead menu development. Smith’s last day at Rockmill is Saturday, Nov. 10. You can attend a five-course dinner prepared by Smith next Tuesday when the Brewery District tavern hosts its K Vintners Wine Dinner.

A Slice of Clintonville takes place 5:30–8 p.m. today at the Clintonville Woman’s Club, 3951 N. High St. The annual event benefits the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center and the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Attendees will have the chance to sample pies from a variety of local pizzerias and vote for a People’s Choice winner. Beers from Lineage Brewing will also be available.

Bangkok Restaurant, located at 3277 Refugee Rd., will be closed Nov. 12-Jan. 21 while the restaurant staff is on vacation. Bangkok Grocery, located adjacent to the restaurant, will remain open.

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