Openings, closings and other Columbus dining news

A local team from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has been invited to cook at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City on Dec 7. The team representing Mitchell’s Ocean Club/Ocean Prime, will present an “Ultimate Surf & Turf” dinner. This is only the second Columbus-based culinary team to snag an invitation to cook at the Beard House. Executive chef Bill Glover of Gallerie Bar & Bistro made his Beard House debut in 2015.

Ray Ray’s Hog Pit is coming to Franklinton. The Land-Grant Brewing Company announced today that Ray Ray’s will become the brewery’s dedicated food truck Thursday through Saturday. Land-Grant (424 W. Town St.) will now offer both lunch and dinner services on those days. “I have been a fan of Ray Ray’s since the food truck first pulled up in Clintonville,” says Land-Grant president Adam Benner in a press release. “So, adding a hog pit to our taproom is pretty surreal and we feel very, very honored.” A grand opening celebration takes place at the brewery 11:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

Barley’s Brewing Company (467 N. High St.) celebrates its 25th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 3 during its annual Christmas Ale tapping party. Former Mayor Michael Coleman will serve as this year’s guest tapper.

Bake Me Happy’s new 100-percent gluten-free coffee shop opens Saturday, Nov. 4 at 106 E. Moler St. in Merion Village. Read more about Bake Me Happy’s expansion here.

Hot Chicken Takeover opens its newest location on Monday, Nov. 6 at 4198 Worth Ave. in the Easton Gateway. The first 25 people in line will receive a free meal. The Nashville-style hot chicken eatery will be open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

The organic raw juice bar Native Cold Pressed opens at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in German Village. The new shop at 214 Thurman Ave. is the local juicery’s third location. Native joins the plant boutique Stump at the corner of Jaeger Street and Thurman Avenue. Fox in the Snow’s second location will soon join the development.

Blunch, a new breakfast and brunch spot, opened Tuesday at 2973 N. High St. in Clintonville. The menu includes pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, a variety of eggs Benedicts and brunch cocktails. We will reserve judgement on the name, which Eater.com voted the “Most Truly Awful Restaurant Name” in America.

Pat & Gracie’s Downtown is now open daily in the former home to Lomonico’s at 340 E. Gay St. The smash-burger joint got its start last year when it opened its first location in Graceland Shopping Center. Look for our review of Graceland’s Pat & Gracie’s in the November issue of Columbus Monthly.

Pam’s Market Popcorn and Windy City Eats is now open at 955 E. Johnstown Rd. in Gahanna. Owner Pam Tylka is reviving her popcorn shop, which closed in the North Market last year, and adding lunch options like Chicago-style hot dogs.

The rooftop restaurant, gin bar and event space Juniper opened last week at the top of the Smith Bros. Hardware building at 580 N. Fourth St. The new concept is open to the public 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.

Dirty Frank’s West, the popular hot dog joint at 2836 W. Broad St. in Westgate, announced that its last day of operation will be Saturday, Nov. 4. In a Facebook post, owner Nick Ailabouni cited costly building repairs as the reason for the restaurant’s closure.