Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

You can start calling King Avenue, OTE West. Yellow Brick Pizza, which got its start in Olde Towne East, opened a second location this week at 245 King Ave. The new pizza shop is located next to The Angry Baker, its OTE neighbor.

CAM International Market, which closed its Bethel Road location in May of last year, will reopen Thursday, April, 26 in Hilliard at 3767 Park Mill Run Dr.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse celebrates its third anniversary on Saturday, April 21, with an event that will feature special giveaways from local businesses, an appearance by Teddy Roosevelt and more. The Downtown coffee shop and social enterprise is located at 300 E. Long St.

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar in Grandview temporarily changed its name this week to CBJ Diner. Go Jackets.

The Asian dessert shop Wali Dessert is now open on the Northwest Side. Located at 1440 Bethel Road in the Bethel Center, Wali offers sweets such as rolled ice cream, mango pomelo sago, bubble tea, cheese tea (yep, it’s a thing) and more.

The folks behind Northstar Café and Brassica are celebrating Earth Day 2018 with free plant-based food. On Sunday, April 22, Northstar customers can get a free veggie burger from 3 to 10 p.m. Meanwhile, Brassica will be giving away falafel sandwiches and salads all day long (one per customer, of course).

The owners of Winking Lizard Tavern announced they will close the bar’s Bethel Road location on April 28 after 13 years. A new location opened in February at 7995 E. Broad St. in Reynoldsburg.

Tequila Cowboy (1069 Polaris Pkwy.) is hosting a fundraiser in honor of fallen Westerville police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering on Thursday, April 19. Doors open at 8 p.m. All raffle ticket, food and beverage sales will be donated to the families of Morelli and Joering.


Try This: Simple Times Mixers

Mark Tinus, the owner of the sake-based spirit brand Karate Cowboy, launched this line of all-natural fruit juice mixers in the fall of 2017. The idea sprang from necessity: When Tinus was promoting Karate Cowboy at events, he wanted flavorful (but not overly sweet) mixers that would help his spirits shine. Not wanting to sacrifice quality for convenience, he decided to launch a line himself featuring real ingredients and no added colors or flavors. Tinus says the mixers are intentionally “spirit- and alcohol-agnostic,” meaning they will suit vodka, bourbon and rum drinkers alike. Simple Times is currently available in six flavors: Pineapple Mule (with organic ginger), Pomegranate Mule, Raspberry Mule, Blackberry Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade and Blood Orange Lemonade. You can find the 32-ounce bottles ($12.99–$13.99), which are good for about eight to 10 cocktails each, at Oats & Barley, Speckled Hen Market, both Hills Market locations, Weiland’s and other area specialty stores.

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