Openings, closings and more local food and drink news


Belgian Iron Wafel Co. holds its grand opening Saturday at 19 W. Russell St. in the Short North. The new spot offers Liège-style Belgian waffles that range from sweet (like carrot cake) to savory (like bacon, basil and Brie). Belgian Iron Wafel’s hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Fox in the Snow Café opens a new location Saturday in New Albany’s Market & Main development. The spot at 160 W. Main St. is the third location of the popular coffee shop and bakery from owners Lauren Culley and Jeff Excell (who also welcomed a baby girl this week—congrats). The couple opened their original shop in October 2014 at 1031 N. Fourth St. in Italian Village.

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen is expected to open Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 247 King Ave., previously home to The Angry Baker. Alqueria, which will serve a rustic new American menu with Spanish influences, is a new concept from two longtime Barcelona Restaurant & Bar chefs, Jacob Hough and Patrick Marker.

Hai Poké owners Mico Cordero and Nile Woodson have acquired PurePressed Juicery at 194 S. High St. The island-inspired restaurant has already been serving poke bowls inside the Highpoint on Columbus Commons location for more than a year. The rebranded eatery will feature Hai Poké’s full menu, plus juices and smoothies. Cordero and Woodson, Columbus Monthly Tastemakers in 2017, opened their first brick-and-mortar location in the Short North that same year.

Speaking of Hawaiian poke, the fast-growing national chain Pokéworks is now open at 1011 W. Fifth Ave. in the Grandview area. It’s the fast-casual chain’s first restaurant in Ohio. A grand opening event will take place Saturday, with a prize raffle and buy-one-get-one poke bowls.


Menya Ramen announced that its last day of operation will be this Sunday at 331 W. Bridge St. in Dublin. Open since the fall of 2015, the traditional Japanese spot serves what our food critic called “ramen as ramen was meant to be.”

Michael’s Goody Boy has closed and will get a refresh from Corso Ventures, the owners of Forno, Short North Pint House and Standard Hall. Look for the diner to reopen in the spring.

Odds & Ends

This week, The New York Times’ travel section announced its annual 52 Places to Go list. We care because Columbus was ranked #47 on the list, just below Houston and above Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (Aside: Is this the first time Columbus and Plovdiv have been mentioned in the same sentence?) Some of the local businesses that got a shout out include: Veritas, Service Bar, Cosecha Cocina, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Little Eater. Where are the must-visit dining and drinking spots that you’d recommend to visitors? Let us know in the comments below.  

The Hills Market Downtown, Seedlip Spirits and Columbus bartender Chris Spinato of Sidebar Columbus are partnering together for a Zero Proof Cocktail Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Hills Market Downtown, 95 N. Grant. Ave. The five-course meal will include non-alcoholic drink pairings using Seedlip Spirits, a non-alcoholic spirit made from herbs and botanicals. Purchase tickets here.