Openings, closings and more local food and drink news.

Openings

Ruth’s Chris Steak House will open next year across from the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 511 N. High St., a space that has been vacant since DeepWood Restaurant closed on the last day of 2014. This is a return to Central Ohio for the American steakhouse chain, which closed its location at Crosswoods almost three years ago.

Legacy Smokehouse will hold the grand opening of its Old Hilliard location on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Texas barbecue restaurant will be housed in a former antique bookstore at 3987 Main St. Founded by three friends from Grove City in 2017, Legacy launched with a food trailer in Merion Village before opening its first permanent location at 340 Greenlawn Ave., across from Berliner Sports Park. Legacy’s hours in Hilliard will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Odds & Ends

Food & Wine senior editor David Landsel has been giving our city a lot of love lately following his trip to Columbus. Here’s Landsel’s piece on Belle’s Bread, which he dubbed “one of America’s best Japanese bakeries,” and Service Bar executive chef Avishar Barua got some much-deserved attention along with his popular Cheesy Brisket Crunch.

Is a Central Ohio cookie war afoot? The Westerville-based cookie company Cheryl and Co. filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against its founder and former owner Cheryl Krueger, who recently launched a new cookie company named C. Krueger’s. Her new shop C.Krueger's Finest Baked Goods opened this fall in the Short North. In the lawsuit, Cheryl and Co. accuses Krueger of using similar recipes and trademarks as well as poaching Cheryl and Co. employees. C.Krueger’s denies any wrongdoing.

Family-owned Johnson’s Real Ice Cream, which has three locations in Central Ohio, announced this week that it will acquire Chicago-based Bobtail Ice Cream Co. in the new year. Bobtail’s shop at 2951 North Broadway has become a Chicago institution since its 2004 founding by University of Chicago graduates Jeff Wilcoxon, Chris Hill and John Rutledge. Although this marks Johnson’s first retail venture outside of the Columbus market, Bobtail and Johnson’s have shared Bexley roots. Bobtail co-founder Jeff Wilcoxon is the brother of Johnson’s CEO Matt Wilcoxon. He started Bobtail with Johnson family ice cream recipes and inspiration from the brothers’ grandfather, who sold ice cream to his Bexley neighbors starting in 1950.

The Short North Trolley Co. is holding a series of BYOB Ugly Sweater Holiday Trolley Crawls this Saturday. The pub crawl kicks off at North High Brewing where patrons board a vintage trolley and make stops at bars in the Short North and Downtown. Tickets are $45, and you can purchase them at shortnorthtrolley.com.

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