Openings, closings and other local food and drink news

Pecan Penny’s Bar-B-Q opens to the public on Friday for lunch and dinner. Located at 113 E. Main St., the casual dining spot features a large front patio and a straightforward menu of Central Texas barbecue, Southern sides, cocktails, local beers on draft and tall boys. The barbecue eatery and bar is the latest concept from the owners of The Walrus (located just a few doors down), Olde Towne Tavern and Corner Stone Craft Beer & Wine.

North Carolina-basedHot Shots Distributing Inc. has acquired CaJohns Fiery Foods Co. for an undisclosed amount. The oft-awarded small-batch hot sauce manufacturer was founded in Central Ohio in 1996 by John “CaJohn” Hard. CaJohns will relocate its headquarters to Charlotte and close its Westerville retail location at the end of the month, but the flagship North Market location will remain open. "The sale is bittersweet. I started this business from the ground up and it’s part of me,” Hard stated in a press release. “However, it's time for me to start the next chapter, and I am excited about a new journey.”

House Wine opens on Friday in Bexley. Donnie Austin’s new 1,100-square-foot shop will be similar to its original location in Worthington, with a chance to taste beer and wine in-house as well as purchase bottles to take home. The new spot at 2262 E. Main St. sits next to Giuseppe’s Ritrovo.

The South Side has landed a brewery. Parsons North Brewing Co., co-owned by Nathan Klein and Seth Draeger, is coming to the East Public project at 685 Parsons Ave. The multi-use development will also house Comune restaurant. 

Philco, the Short North diner from the owners of Club 185 and Little Palace, is adding a German Village location later this year in the space formerly occupied by Happy Dragon at 277 E. Livingston Ave.

The Short North watering hole Mac’s Cafe reopens at 7 p.m. Thursday as Mac’s Proper Pub after an extensive renovation. The Scottish pub first opened at 693 N. High St. in 1988. 

Brassica’s second Central Ohio location opened last week at 2212 E. Main St. in Bexley.

The owners/operators of CBC Restaurant will close the restaurant on Aug. 31 for renovations and reopen a few weeks later as Oxbow on Short. The location at 525 Short St. was originally home to Columbus Brewing Co., and a restaurant of the same name was added later under different ownership. The rebranding is the result of a settlement with the brewery’s owners, Eric and Beth Bean.

The “active lifestyle” restaurant CoreLife Eatery opens at 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, at 1791 Olentangy River Rd. in Lennox Town Center. This is the second Central Ohio location for the fast-growing chain based in upstate New York.

One of the city’s top bartenders, Alex Chien, recently left his position as bar manager at Watershed Kitchen & Bar for a job as national brand ambassador of Bombay gins in New York.

Kabob Shack, an Afghani restaurant serving a variety of kebabs, mantu (Afghan dumplings), daal and more, is coming to Hilliard. Owner Sakeena Bary plans to open the restaurant at 4568 Cemetery Rd. this August.

As part of its annual tour, The Peach Truck brings its fresh Georgia peaches to Central Ohio June 29-30. View the tour schedule at


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