Openings, closings and more local food and drink news


Owners Josh and Kristen Taylor hold the grand opening of their new deli, A Common Table, on Friday, Feb. 15, at 3496 N. High St. in Clintonville. The new spot, which replaces Pocket Produce, will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17. Its permanent winter hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Portia’s Next Door, a new coffee shop and deli, opened this week next door to Portia’s Café (4428 Indianola Ave.) in Clintonville. Portia Yiamouyiannis’ new spot offers coffee, pastries, snacks, juices, smoothies and light breakfasts. Portia’s Next Door will open daily at 8 a.m. Yiamouyiannis also recently announced plans to open a new diner later this year in the former Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery space at 3269 N. High St.

True Food Kitchen has signed on as part of Easton Town Center’s $500 million expansion. Phoenix-based True Food offers a health-conscious, seasonal menu and operates 26 locations throughout the U.S. The Easton location, which will be the brand’s first location in Ohio, is expected to open in 2020.

Los Angeles-based Kitchen United announced this week that it plans to open a virtual restaurant in Grandview this spring. Kitchen United is one of a growing number of deliver-only “ghost kitchens” that sell food via pick-up or third-party delivery services such as Uber Eats or Postmates. You can read more about Kitchen United’s entry into Columbus here.

CoreLife Eatery opens at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, near the Ohio State campus at 17 E. Lane Ave. in the Wilson Place development. The national chain offers a variety of salads, grain bowls and broth-based dishes.

A cocktail lounge and nightclub called Duecento IV recently opened at 200 E. Fourth St. in Italian Village.


Kroger’s Columbus Bakery, in operation for more than 90 years, closed this week at 457 Cleveland Ave., eliminating 411 jobs. Read our ode to the bakery’s bready aromas.

Just weeks after opening, Actual Brewing Clintonville has closed indefinitely in the wake of sexual assault allegations against founder Fred Lee.

Odds & Ends

Dublin’s Celtic Cocktail Trail has returned for a second year. Tour visitors are invited to fill their guidebooks by trying Irish-inspired craft cocktails at 14 participating Dublin restaurants and bars. New stops along the trail include Hen Quarter, Fado Pub & Kitchen, Revelry Tavern and Vine & Tap. To learn more, go to

Hot Mikey’s Takeover, the annual pizza collaboration between Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Hot Chicken Takeover, continues through Sunday, Feb. 17. Through this weekend, you can order Nashville-style hot chicken pizza at all Mikey’s locations and via select online delivery services.

Dan the Baker’s Toast Bar has placed its food and espresso menu on hiatus to focus on its bread and pastry offerings. The small spot on Ridge Street had grown its offerings beyond baked goods to include items like avocado toast, sandwiches and a variety of espresso drinks. Toast Bar also announced new winter hours starting the week of Feb. 18: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri.-Sun.


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