Openings, closings and other Columbus food news

South Village Grille opens Monday, May 30, at 197 Thurman Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Easy Street Café. The new concept from George Tanchevski, owner of Local Cantina, Oldskool and Local Bar, will feature a menu inspired by Mediterranean, Italian and French cuisines. Expect mains like Chicken Vesuvio, steak frites and carbonara, along with salads, pizzas, sandwiches and shareable plates. Past customers of Easy Street might not recognize the place, which has undergone some interior renovations that up the classy factor with a gray and espresso color palate, new wood floors and a white, Italian marble bar. Local artist Neil Loemker provided metalwork for the wine racks, the back bar and table bases. The restaurant will seat 60 and offer dinner seven days a week, plus brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

BrewDog confirmed plans to open a bar and restaurant at 1175 N. High St. in the Short North this fall. This comes on the heels of the Scotland-based brewery opening its first U.S. brewery and brewpub in Canal Winchester in February. BrewDog will combine two empty storefronts along High Street into a 2,000-square-foot pub with ample windows in front. But first, BrewDog is focused on opening its new Franklinton brewpub in August. The 5,500-square-foot bar and restaurant—located in an old mechanics’ garage across from Rehab Tavern—will double as a sour beer brewing facility (with visitors having a chance to sit among the casks). The Franklinton location will also boast a rooftop bar, a novel element across BrewDog’s family of international pubs. It turns out the Central Ohio weather is just that much better than Scotland’s.                                 

In case you missed the news in our May issue: Bake Me Happy is opening a full-service, 100-percent gluten-free coffee shop next door to its commercial bakery in Merion Village. The space at 106 E. Moler St. recently was vacated by T.Y. Fine Furniture (which relocated to Clintonville). Bake Me Happy’s bakery counter will move to the new shop, and owners Wendy Miller Pugh and Letha Pugh say the shop will offer more savory options, Wi-Fi and enough space for what Miller Pugh refers to as “extracurricular happenings.” Look for it to open in early fall.

Cup O’ Joe closed its Lennox Town Center location on Tuesday after 20 years in business. The last remaining Cup O’ Joe coffee shop is in Clintonville. The Lennox landlord, Developers Diversified, decided not to renew the coffee shop’s lease. There’s no word yet on the new tenant, but a CoreLife Eatery (which has a location in Polaris) is already in the works for Lennox.

Alabama-style barbecue joint Moe’s Original Bar B Que will open its second Central Ohio location on Tuesday, May 30 at 21 W. Church St. in Newark. The fast-casual restaurant will offer lunch and dinner beginning at 11 a.m. Moe’s also has locations in downtown Granville and in 15 other states.

EVENTS

Jeni's Strawberry Jam

WHEN: June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.

WHO: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

WHAT: In celebration of Ohio strawberry season, Jeni’s is throwing a summer picnic with live music from Doc Robinson. Hot Chicken Takeover will be offering cold fried chicken—a Jeni Britton Bauer favorite—in warm and cold spice levels. Also on offer will be salads and biscuits from Little Eater, Jeni’s Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream, plus beer and wine from The Barrel and Bottle.

WHERE: Outside North Market, 59 Spruce St., Arena District

TICKETS: Free. Food and drink will be offered a la carte or you can purchase presale meal tickets at strawberryjam.eventbrite.com. Tickets include a picnic box of cold fried chicken, salad, biscuit and a choice of Jeni’s Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream or strawberry shortcake, a pint of Mike Hirsch Fruit Farm strawberries and one adult beverage. Vegetarian options are also available.