Openings, closings and more dining-related news

The popular OSU campus watering hole Mama’s Pasta & Brew announced this week that its last day of business will be Friday, Nov. 30. Gene Szaronas first opened Mama's in 1977. According to the Facebook announcement, the building’s owners plan to demolish it in December to make way for redevelopment.

This week, Amazon launched its Whole Foods Market grocery delivery service in the Central Ohio area. Prime members can now shop Whole Foods Market online through Prime Now for fresh produce, meat, seafood and everyday staples. According to a press release, delivery is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and can take place in as little as an hour. The service is now available in 28 cities. The see if delivery is available in your ZIP code, visit

Gahanna-based Kahiki Foods has been acquired by a South Korean food company, CJ CheilJedang. Kahiki, which sells Asian frozen foods like egg rolls and stir-fries, was first founded in 1961 as a restaurant. Its owners Alice and Michael Tsao, started the frozen food business in 1995 and closed the legendary Kahiki Supper Club on Aug. 25, 2000.

Arepazo Restaurants is raising funds today to provide relief for the growing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Co-owner Carlos Gutierrez is a native of Venezuela, and he has relatives there. On Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Arepazo Tapas & Wine will donate 15 percent of food sales from the restaurant at 515 S. High St. in the Brewery District. Arepazo is partnering with the organization Programa de Ayuda Humanitaria para Venezuela, which works to provide basic medical and hygiene needs in Venezuela. Read more about Arepazo’s fundraiser here.

In chef news, Aaron Mercier, former co-owner of the now-closed Rooks Tavern, has joined the kitchen management team at Watershed Kitchen & Bar as sous chef under executive chef Jack Moore. Meanwhile, pastry chef Aaron Clouse has left his position at Gallerie Bar & Bistro at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Phillip’s on Wheels, a food truck revival of the now-closed Phillips Original Coney Island restaurant, announced this week that itis expanding into the Short North Food Hall. Phillip’s is known for its Coney dogs with house-made Coney sauce, plus sliders, fries and shakes.

According to a sign posted on the door, Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse is coming to the space formerly occupied by Hungry Soul Cafe at 30 S. Young St. inside the Capital Plaza Garage.

Barbacoa Mexican Fusion & Bar is now open in the Ohio State campus area, taking over the space vacated by Rippers Roadstand at 2036 N. High St. The new fast-casual spot fuses together Mexican and Asian cuisines with a menu of tacos, wraps and bowls. There’s also a full bar serving margaritas.


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