Openings, closings and other Columbus dining news.
Condado, the fast-growing chain of taquerias, has taken over the old Salt & Pine space at 250 South High—just not for the reasons you think. Owner Joe Kahn confirmed that the 7,000-square-foot space will serve as the Condado office and test kitchen as the company prepares to ramp up expansion and jump into catering.
The space has been empty for months since Salt & Pine, one of the city’s most ambitious restaurants to open Downtown in years, closed after a little more than a year in operation.
Kahn plans to open another seven Condado locations in the next year, including a second Pittsburgh location, and locations in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Louisville. A Clintonville Condado will open in a few weeks at 2977 N. High St., the former home to La Patrona.
While there are no current plans to serve drinks at Salt and Pine’s old bar space, Kahn says it’s a possibility in the future, just not under the Condado brand.
Service Bar, the long-awaited restaurant from Middle West Spirits, is now accepting reservations. The restaurant and bar headed by chef Avishar Barua opens this Thursday, Oct. 5 at 1230 Courtland Ave.
Fukuryu Ramen is now open in Dublin at 4540 Bridge Park Ave. The Bridge Park eatery, together with its Upper Arlington location, are the only two stateside locations for Fukuryu, which got its start in Melbourne, Australia.
Momo Ghar opened last Friday in the North Market at 59 Spruce St. The Himalayan dumpling restaurant is located between Lan Viet Market and Sarefino's Pizzeria & Italian Deli.
Chipotle has hired Top Chef winner and restaurateur Richard Blais to run its new burger joint Tasty Made. The burger restaurant’s sole location is in Lancaster, which opened a year ago. Blais will be visiting the Columbus area as he works to revamp the fast-casual hamburger concept, which currently offers a limited menu of burgers, fries, shakes and sodas.
DAVIDsTEA, a Canadian retailer offering more than 100 loose leaf teas, opens Friday, Oct. 6 at Easton Town Center.
Two Brother Bar & Kitchen is now open in Dublin at the Columbus Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Pkwy. The restaurant and bar offers a variety of small plates, flatbreads, salads and entrees, plus craft cocktails and beers from Ohio breweries.
Grandview’s Z Cucina di Spirito is adding a second location at 6584 Riverside Dr. in Dublin’s Bridge Park development. Owner Rick Ziliak is targeting a spring opening.
Flowers & Bread is holding its first author event on Thursday, Nov.9 from 5-6:30 p.m. when it hosts Julia Turshen, author of "Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs," which NPR named it one of its "Best Books of 2016."