Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings

Comune Restaurant opened for lunch this week in the new East Public development at 677 Parsons Ave. The restaurant from owners Brooke Maikut and Joe Galati serves a plant-based menu developed by executive chef Ben Kanavel. Comune plans to add dinner service soon.

Akron-based Swensons Drive-In Restaurants opened its first Central Ohio location last week and celebrates its official grand opening tomorrow. Fans of Swensons’ Galley Boy cheeseburger can get their fix at 7490 Sawmill Road in Dublin.

The new Downtown location of OH Pizza & Brew opened on Monday at 88 E. Broad St., replacing Stack’d. The pizzeria’s location at 250 N. Third St. is now closed.

Old Dog Alehouse & Brewery is expected to open in historic downtown Delaware next week pending inspections. The new restaurant, bar and nano-brewery at 13 W. William St. fills a location that was home to the Brown Jug restaurant for 38 years before it closed in 2007.

Closings

Less than a year after opening, the Clintonville location of Westies Gastropub closed Nov. 4, at 4416 N. High St. Westies’ director of operations Connor O’Neill said staffing three restaurants became too great a challenge. Westies has two other locations—the Brewery District and the Short North—that remain open. “Even though sales were good ... staffing is an issue for restaurants these days. It was getting to be an everyday frustration,” he said. The restaurant group plans to use the building as an event space for the time being and will hold a farewell party for its Clintonville neighbors in the coming weeks.

Odds & Ends

Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is a finalist for a 2019 Good Food Award, making it the only Ohio coffee roaster among 25 finalists in the coffee category this year. The annual contest is hosted by the San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation, an organization that supports independent growers, ranchers, makers and merchants. Ethiopian Kossa Kebena, which took home a Good Food Award in 2017, is part of Crimson Cup’s Friend2Farmer line of direct-trade coffees.

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