Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

OPENINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hang Over Easy, known for breakfast and lunch classics like pancakes and burgers, opened a new location last week in Olde Towne East at 51 Parsons Ave., formerly Black Creek Bistro. This is the diner’s third location, including the flagship restaurant at 1646 Neil Ave. in the University District and one in Cincinnati. The new OTE spot also offers dinner.

The Angry Baker opened a new location this week in Upper Arlington. With a focus on vegan baked goods, the coffee and pastry shop at 1962 N. Mallway Drive is the bakery’s third location in Central Ohio.

The Short North is getting a country music bar. Bristol Republic is expected to open next month at 1124 N. High St., formerly Basil. The new restaurant and bar from Brian Swanson (Bodega) will offer an extensive whiskey selection and barbecue from Max McGarity’s Smoked on High Barbeque Co.

Crystal and Dan Alward opened Porter’s Coffee House and Bakery this week at 194 W. Church St. in Olde Pickerington Village. The shop features One Line Coffee and baked goods by Crystal, who runs her own cake-baking business Cakes Creatively by Crystal.

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is set to open this spring at 15 E. 17th Ave. near the Ohio State campus.The 1,700-square-foot café will offer a globally inspired menu featuring coffees, teas, pastries, sandwiches, salads and more. This is the third Central Ohio franchise for Sweetwaters, a growing national chain based in Ann Arbor. Other locations include Dublin’s Bridge Park and the Pointe at Polaris.

EVENTS

Pickerington’s Combustion Brewery & Taproom (80 W. Church St.) is hosting the Pick Ohio Beer Festival on Saturday, March 23. The event will offer the chance to sample special releases and “rarely seen” brews from several Ohio breweries, including Jackie O’s Brewery (Athens), Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Columbus), Branch & Bone Artisan Ales (Dayton), Earthworks Brewing (Heath) and more. Tickets can be purchased at combustionbrewing.com. The event benefits Seeds of Caring.

CLOSINGS

China Dynasty Arlington, which has operated at 1689 W. Lane Ave. for 32 years, will close this spring. Its last day will be Mother’s Day, May 12. ThisWeek Community News reports that the restaurant’s lease will be up for renewal soon, and the co-owner’s mother, who is the restaurant’s head chef, plans to retire.

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Blasted Barley Brewing Co. will not be opening in the Highpoint on Columbus Commons development at 160 S. High St. Although construction started on the brewpub in 2017, it mysteriously ceased last year. The Arizona Republic reported this week that the Blasted Barley location is tied up in an alleged fraud scheme by an Arizona businessman with Mafia ties. Development firm Robert Weiler Co. confirmed to Columbus Business First that the deal is off. A lawsuit was filed last June in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas by Carter Columbus Residential Development, one of the Columbus Commons developers, against Las Vegas-based Barley Restaurant II, LLC.

Columbus Business First reported Wednesday that Actual Brewing Co. is headed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. The company initially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Feb. 14, just a week after Columbus Alive published a report detailing sexual assault accusations against Actual Brewing's founder, Fred Lee.

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