Openings, closings and more local food and drink news


Belgian Iron Wafel Company plans to hold its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 12. Doors open at 7 a.m. at 19 W. Russell St. in the Short North. The new spot offers Liege-style Belgian waffles that range from sweet (like carrot cake) to savory (like a bacon, basil and Brie waffle).

Parsons North Brewing Co. opened Christmas week at 685 Parsons Ave., joining the recent openings of Comune Restaurant and Jimmyluka’s Deli & Bar in the East Public development near Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For the time being, the brewery’s taproom is pouring guest drafts from local breweries. Look for Parsons North to unveil its own brews later this month or in early February.

This week, Nocterra Brewing Co. announced plans to hold its grand opening at noon Saturday, Feb. 2. The new brewery and taproom is located at 41 Depot St. in historic downtown Powell. Nocterra will specialize in IPAs and sours, but will also feature several ales and lagers. 

The taqueria Tacos Fogoncito is set to reopen in its new location tomorrow at 1909 State Route 256 in Reynoldsburg. Its Hamilton Road location is now closed. The official grand opening takes place Friday, Jan. 11.


In case you missed it, 2018 ended with a trio of notable restaurant closings. The Worthington Inn closed indefinitely on Tuesday. Located at 649 High St., the restaurant and special events facility announced on its website that the space will be renovated and redeveloped into offices, retail space and a smaller, ground-level restaurant. The 19th-century inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the restaurant is considered Franklin County’s oldest.

In addition, Flatiron Bar & Diner closed last week after 30 years in business at 129 E. Nationwide Blvd. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the owners of the historic building, the Wittmann Company, are exploring new uses for the space. 

King Avenue 5, located at 945 King Ave., also closed this week. The Grandview-area sports bar and music venue has been open since 2005. Future plans for the space have not yet been announced.


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