Openings, closings and other Columbus dining news
Black Creek Bistro, the farm-to-table restaurant at 51 Parsons Ave. in Olde Towne East, has closed permanently after 10 years in operation. Chef-owner Kent Peters says the area is booming, but his business has dropped by more than half since a public infrastructure construction project started earlier this year on Parsons Avenue. "I’m sure there’s another grand adventure that awaits," Peters says. "This 10 years has been wonderful. My youngest grew up here...I wouldn’t trade that for the world.”
Today, you can dine out at any Cameron Mitchell establishment to benefit hurricane relief. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants announced it will donate today’s profits from all of its restaurants to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. (CMR's Ocean Prime location in Naples, Fla., has been closed since Hurricane Irma hit the area and will reopen Tuesday.) In addition, for every $100 donation customers will receive a $25 gift card for future use at any Cameron Mitchell restaurant.
The North Market announced that Coco Cat is joining the market in early November, taking over the space being vacated by The Source by Wasserstrom. Coco Cat, which got its start at the Granville Farmers Market, specializes in baked goods and chocolates that incorporate fresh herbs, fruits and spices. The Newark-based confectioner is owned by Melissa and Todd Camp.
Middle West Spirits celebrates the completion of its 2.5-year, $3.2 million expansion project today with private ribbon-cutting ceremony. The distillery, located at 1230 Courtland Ave., will open its bar and restaurant, the Service Bar, on Thursday, Oct. 5.
Half Pint Bar & Restaurant opened recently at 415 N. Front St. in the Arena District. The burger-centric joint is a sister restaurant to the Pint Room in Dublin and the Half Pint in Marysville.
The Grandview-area brewery formally known as Zauber Brewing finally has its new identity. The owners have rebranded the brewery Endeavor Brewing Co., and will hold a grand opening celebration Saturday, Sept. 23 at 909 W. Fifth Ave.
Columbus’ own Annie Williams Pierce of the cocktail bar Curio was named North America’s winner of the United States Bartenders’ Guild’s 11th annual Most Imaginative Bartender competition. The event, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin, took place in London in August. Williams Pierce edged out 11 other bartenders from Canada and the U.S. to become the first female bartender to win the competition. Her winning cocktail, London x Tokyo, combined Bombay Sapphire Gin with a blanc vermouth infused with sugar snap peas.
The Daily Growler opened this month in the Brewery District at 702 S. High St. The bar/growler fill-spot features two bars (one downstairs with 40 taps and another upstairs with 20 taps), a wrap-around patio, a fire pit and daily happy hour. Athens’ Big Mamma’s Burritos provides the on-site grub.
Pub Mahone is open at the corner of Pearl Alley and Gay Street. The new Downtown bar at 31 E. Gay St. features Irish pub fare like bangers and mash, Irish breakfast and fish and chips, plus a mix of local, national and imported beers on tap and by the bottle.
Powell’s Ill Mannered Brewing Co., which celebrated its second anniversary in August, has announced plans to build a new brewery and taproom just east of its existing location. According to a press release, the expansion will include a 1,500-square-foot taproom, additional outdoor seating and an expanded menu with guest drafts, wine and spirits. Look for an opening in mid- to late-2018.***
Events: $15 Fridays at Hills Market Downtown
When: 6–8 p.m. every first Friday of the month
What: The Hills Market’s monthly wine tasting event allows visitors to sample 10 wines or beers for $15. Appetizers also are available. The October event, themed Sip & Spa, will feature local health and beauty vendors in addition to the tasting.
Where: The Hills Market Downtown, 95 N. Grant Ave.
Cost: $15 in advance at facebook.com/hillsmarketdowntown; $20 at the door
Eat this: Tiger + Lily’s Mille Crepe Cakes
Husband-and-wife team Thomas Chang and Kirsten Cheng opened their Asian bistro in late May at 19 E. Gay St., and its Downtown lunch crowd has grown steadily. (Its flavorful, chicken-based broth ramens are surely one reason.) An Asian fusion eatery with ramen and creative takes on American-Chinese classics like General Tso’s? Sure. But scratch-made, 18-layer crepe cakes with rotating flavors? It’s a surprising bonus when a restaurant does something unexpected and does it well. “It sells out every time we make it,” Chang says. The inspiration for the cakes sprang from Cheng’s time living in Budapest. “There is one kind of dessert called palacsinta (thin pancakes filled with fruit fillings rolled or folded into triangles), that is one of the best things in my childhood memory,” Cheng writes via email. “I want to recreate it in different forms.” Each cake takes about three hours to make, and they come in a variety of flavors like matcha green tea, strawberry yogurt, chocolate banana and double chocolate Oreo. You can purchase a slice for $7 or preorder a 10-inch cake seven days in advance. tigerandlilybistro.com