Openings, closings and more Columbus food and drink news

Openings

Nocterra Brewing Co. holds the grand opening of its brewery and taproom this weekend at 41 Depot St. in historic downtown Powell. The celebration kicks off at noon Saturday, Feb. 2. Nocterra, which specializes in American sours and IPAs, is the second Powell brewery to open, following Ill Mannered Brewing Co.

The Akron-based burger chain Swensons Drive-In will hold a grand opening for its new Polaris location on Monday, Feb. 4. Famous for its Galley Boy cheeseburgers, Swensons’ latest Central Ohio spot is at 2012 Ikea Way next to Topgolf. In other Swensons news, the chain is closer to opening a Hilliard location at 4810 Cemetery Road, next to J.W. Reason Elementary School. This week, Hilliard City Council approved Swensons’ rezoning request.

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen opened Tuesday at 247 King Ave., previously home to The Angry Baker and The Bitter Barista. The restaurant, run by longtime Barcelona Restaurant & Bar chefs Jacob Hough and Patrick Marker, is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday. Look for Sunday brunch to be added in the near future. Read more about Alqueria on our blog.

Nate’s Steamed Bagels, a bagel sandwich pop-up that launched in 2017, hit the road last week with a brand new food truck. You can find Nate’s parked behind Antiques on High (714 S. High St.), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Huli Huli Tiki Lounge & Grill is now open at 26 W. Olentangy St. in Powell. The new spot offers Hawaiian-inspired small plates, tiki drinks and daiquiris.

A franchise of Woops!, a New York-based retail bakery, is now open inside Tuttle Crossing Mall at 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. in Dublin. The shop specializes in macarons and other international pastries. The kiosk is on the first floor of the mall beside the Buckeye Store.

Odds & Ends

The owner of now-closed Leone’s Pizza, RyanLaRose, has landed at The Osteria at Camelot Cellars in Olde Towne East.LaRose has revamped The Osteria’s menu, which officially launches Friday, Feb. 1.The new menu features antipasto, flatbreads (no pizzas yet), a variety of pastas, entrées and desserts. The Osteria at Camelot Cellars is at 901 Oak St.

South of Lane Café (1987 Guilford Road)is on winter break through Friday, Feb. 8. The Upper Arlington café will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

Events

Columbus Monthly is throwing our third annual Best New Restaurants event on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph in the Short North. This strolling dinner features bites from the Best New Restaurants featured in our February issue, plus entertainment, beer and wine. Early bird tickets (general admission and VIP) are now on sale at columbusmonthly.com/BNR.

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Beer of the Month: I Can’t Feel My Pants

Brewery: Olentangy River Brewing Co.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 9%

Olentangy River Brewing Co. came out swinging with an eclectic roster of beers when the Lewis Center brewery opened in November. Among its initial offerings is I Can’t Feel My Pants, a rich but balanced Russian imperial stout ideal for sipping in the colder months. The inky, medium-bodied brew smells of coffee up front, then leans into slightly syrupy, dark cherry flavor before finishing with a coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. —Nicholas Dekker

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