Openings, closings and other local food and drink news

Haveli Bistro opened last week at 185 N. High St. The upscale Indian restaurant fills a two-story space that has struggled to keep a tenant. (Past occupants include Madrid, Barrio Tapas Lounge and Wendy’s.) The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a buffet lunch served Monday through Friday. The large menu includes a variety of dosas, biryanis, tandoori dishes, curries and Indo-Chinese specialties.

Cousins Maine Lobster launches its Columbus food truck, run by local franchisee Kathryn Nuss, on Friday, April 27, at Pins Mechanical Co., 141 N. Fourth St. The truck specializes in sustainably harvested Maine lobster, with a menu of lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, lobster tater tots, shrimp tacos and more.

The Food Truck Food Court returns to John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons on Thursday, May 3. Food trucks such as Aloha Streatery, The Little Kitchen, Mya’s Fried Chicken, Pitabilities and more will hold court 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. every Thursday through October 25.

Veritas, located at 11 W. Gay St. in the Citizens Building, recently added lunch to its repertoire. The tight lunch menu features soups, fan-favorite small plates like bacon risotto and a variety of hummus dishes served with house-made pita bread. Veritas also operates the upstairs bar in the Citizens Building—the bar has a new name: The Citizens Trust.

The Clintonville Farmers Market opens for the season 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28, along North High Street between West Dunedin Road and Orchard Lane. The market operates every Saturday through November 17.

The Granville Rotary’s 4th Annual Taste of Granville, an event featuring bites from local restaurants, drinks, a silent auction and live music, takes place 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Road NE.

Celebrity chef Michael Symon holds a book signing for his new cookbook, “Playing With Fire: BBQ & More from the Grill, Smoker & Fireplace,” Sunday, April 29, at the Lewis Center Kroger Marketplace. The event takes place 1-2:30 p.m. at 6417 Columbus Pike.

As part of its Italian Village expansion, Seventh Son Brewing Co. opened a new rooftop patio last week at the Fourth Street taproom.

Johnson's Real Ice Cream opens its third Central Ohio location on Tuesday, May 1, at 160 W. Main St. next to the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. A grand opening celebration will take place Friday, May 4. Johnson’s, which first opened its Bexley shop in 1950, added a location in Historic Dublin last year.

In case you missed it, this month the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 263, which would allow dogs on restaurant and bar patios. The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate.

Los Guachos Taqueria will open its third brick-and-mortar location at 7370 Sawmill Road, previously occupied by Hass Tacos.

The owner of Blue Ginger Asian Fusion Bistro in Dublin is opening L. Ginger Asian Fusion & Hibachi in the Capitol Square space formerly occupied by Lee’s China Kitchen. Lee’s closed in February after 25 years in business at 65 E. State St. Expected to open in mid-May, L. Ginger will serve a pan-Asian menu during lunch and dinner.  

Stack’d, which opened Downtown last summer, is up for sale. The restaurant at 88 E. Broad St. closed this winter with a note on the door saying the fast-casual spot would reopen in May. A “restaurant for sale” sign appeared on the door last week. 


Beer of the Month: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Daybreak

Style: Coffee Cream Ale

ABV: 5%

One of the signature offerings at Wolf’s Ridge is Clear Sky, a bright yellow, biscuity, sweet and easy-drinking cream ale. Head brewer Chris Davison has cleverly modified the style into Daybreak with the addition of vanilla bean and One Line Coffee. It’s not often you get a coffee-infused beer that’s still clear and golden, and the resulting brew is surprising: steady on the sweetness, but with the pleasant flavors and aromas of a cup of joe. —Nicholas Dekker 


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