Openings, closings and more Columbus dining news

The Hotel LeVeque opened today at . . . well, you know where the LeVeque is, right?  Along with the 149-room boutique hotel, Downtown gains another speakeasy-esque bar. The Keep Liquor Bar, which opens today at 4 p.m., will feature small plates like oysters, country pate and deviled eggs to pair with Ohio beers and specialty cocktails. An adjacent French brasserie-style restaurant headed by chef Jonathan Olson (formerly of Latitude 41 and Black Creek Bistro) is expected to open in July.

Double Comfort owner Mary Lyski announced that the Short North restaurant’s last day of operation will be this Sunday, March 26. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page cited an inability to “come to reasonable renewal terms” with the landlord. The post stated: “This has given us time to rethink how to broaden Double Comfort's impact, how to serve more chicken and how to help more Central Ohioans in need.” Double Comfort was unique for its social enterprise mission that contributed a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds to area food pantries. Lyski was also recently interviewed by the New York Times for a story about the sanctuary restaurant movement.

Veritas Tavern, which is relocating from Delaware to Downtown Columbus, has pushed back the opening of the new restaurant at 51 N. High St. The build-out, which will feature a cocktail lounge plus a 65- to 70-seat restaurant and bar, is complicated by the historic nature of its new home inside the Citizens Building at Gay and High streets. Chef Josh Dalton says he is now targeting a late summer or early fall opening.

Poke Bros. To Go is now open daily for lunch and dinner Downtown at 100 E. Gay St. The new location (offering carryout or delivery only) is the second location for the fast-casual outfit serving Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls, teas and ice cream.

Seattle-based pizza chain MOD Pizza is set to open its third Central Ohio location at noon on Saturday, April 1 at 4784 Morse Rd. A Sawmill Road location is expected to open later this year.

“The Vegetable Butcher,” the groundbreaking cookbook on preparing vegetables by Little Eater owner Cara Mangini, is a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Book Awards. The cookbook joins two other finalists in the Vegetable Cooking category; the winner will be announced April 25. Mangini’s cookbook has already snagged two IACP Cookbook Awards this year.

Columbus is a tour stop on New Belgium Brewing’s “Tour de Fat,” a traveling beer, music and bike festival presented by Fat Tire beer. The event benefiting Transit Columbus takes place July 1 at Express Live. Tickets are available at