Openings, closings and more local food and drink news.


Ambrose and Eve held its grand opening Tuesday at 716 S. High St. in the Brewery District. The restaurant serves brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily and dinner 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Alive editor Andy Downing followed owner/chefs Matthew Heaggans and Catie Randazzo for 18 months leading up to the opening of their first brick-and-mortar restaurant. Read his cover story in this week’s issue here.

Barcelona owner Scott Heimlich announced this week that two of his longtime chefs, executive chef Jacob Hough and executive sous chef Patrick Marker, are leaving the German Village restaurant to open their own concept in the University District. According to ThisWeek Community News, the duo plans to open Alqueria at 247 King Ave., formerly The Angry Baker. Taking over the executive chef position at Barcelona is Julian Menaged, whose resume includes stretches at 101 Beer Kitchen, The Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop, Spagio, The Crest and others. Stepping into the executive sous chef role is Stephanie Kincaid, a Barcelona veteran who currently serves as its pastry chef.

Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill opens its second Central Ohio location on Tuesday at 3993 Morse Crossing at Easton Market. The new restaurant and bar will feature a 300-seat dining room, patio, full bar and a wood-burning fireplace. Beer Barrel first opened in 1965 in Lima, Ohio, and serves a menu of American fare including scratch-made pizzas. Its Hilliard location opened in 2016.

Sunrise International Market announced the opening of two new eateries inside the global grocery at 4030 W. Broad St. Kitchen Uno, an Asian-style buffet, opened earlier this month. Meanwhile, Paco’s Ricas Botanas, serving Latin American fare, will join the market soon.

Taste Bay International & Caribbean Food is now open at 1132 W. Henderson Road. The menu includes tostones, mofongo, mojarra frita, jerk chicken and more.


Today is the last day of operation for longtime campus bar Mama’s Pasta and Brew, which is closing at 23 Campus Place to make way for redevelopment.

Odds & Ends

Via Vecchia Winery announced plans to relocate its winery and events business from the Brewery District to the South Side early next year. Via Vecchia’s new home will be The Fort, an expansive commercial space located at 2108 S. High St. 

Freedom a la Cart’s Cause Cookies are back for a limited time. Freedom a la Cart is a catering company and workforce development program that supports survivors of human trafficking. For a $25 donation, you’ll receive an assortment of one dozen Cause Cookies, including coconut macaroons, gingersnaps, chocolate crinkles and holiday spice shortbread cookies, plus a note of thanks from a survivor. Place your order here.

Psst ... Housemade everything sourdough bagels are coming soon to Dan the Baker's Toast Bar. Just thought you should know.


Beer of the Month:

Random Precision Brewing Co.’s Misconstrued Sarcasm

Style: Brett IPA

ABV: 7.2%

Open since spring of this year, Random Precision is one of two Central Ohio breweries dedicated exclusively to sour beers. This month its full roster of sours will be aged and on-tap; until now the Linworth area brewery has been featuring a Berliner Weisse and Misconstrued Sarcasm, an IPA crafted with Brettanomyces claussenii (or Brett-C) yeast. This wild yeast strain produces tropical flavors that outweigh the yeast’s funky notes. The result is a cloudy yellow Brett IPA that plays between slightly bitter, funky and sweet. —Nicholas Dekker


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