Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

SOW Plated, a new health-conscious restaurant and wellness concept, opened Tuesday at The Shops on Lane Avenue (1625 W. Lane Ave.) in Upper Arlington. SOW—which stands for “Sustainable. Organic. Wellness.”—was founded by John Fahlgren (formerly of the Columbus-based advertising agency Fahlgren Mortine) and his wife, Sunny. The new restaurant venture features a plant-forward menu, health seminars, yoga and more. Menu items include the Sakura wagyu burger, tuna poke bowl, pesto pasta, kombucha, wine and cold-pressed cocktails.

Cleveland’s “non-GMO café” Rebol opened this week in Bridge Park at 6608 Longshore St. The new spot caters to healthy lifestyles and special diets (read: keto), with menu items such as breakfast sandwiches, bowls (or “bols”), bone broths, smoothies and Bulletproof Coffee.

Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory, which has two locations in Central Ohio, is opening a third in the Short North, according to an announcement on social media. (The exact address has yet to be announced.) Dulce Vida offers ice cream as well as Mexican-style desserts and snacks such as paletas, mangonadas, chicharrones and Dorilocos.

The North Market announced its newest vendor this week. The American Nut Co. will take over the vacant stall between Little Eater and North Market Spices. The local business, owned by Lisa Robitaille, specializes in Bavarian-style glazed and roasted almonds and pecans. Look for it to open later this summer.

A new bar and event space named Palmas Tropical Escape is coming to Downtown at 46 N. High St., formerly Flying Gent. 

The Afghan eatery Kabob Shack is now open in Hilliard at 4568 Cemetery Road. Menu items include mantu (Afghan dumplings with ground beef), lamb chops, kofta kebab, daal, samosas, falooda (an Afghan dessert) and more. 

Barrel & Boar BBQ Gastropub opened last week in historic downtown Canal Winchester at 10 S. High St., formerly Village Wines & Bistro. The barbecue restaurant operates three Central Ohio locations, including Gahanna, Westerville and Newark, plus a North Market stall named Market & Boar.

Egg-O-Holic is now open at 331 W. Bridge St. in Dublin. The breakfast eatery bills itself as an “Indian egg specialty restaurant,” and the menu features dishes such as Green Boiled Fry (two boiled eggs cooked in Indian spices) and Eggxotic Papad (Masala Papad with shredded boiled egg).

Hoyo’s Kitchen says its grand opening in the North Market has been delayed. The Somali restaurant, which was featured in Columbus Monthly’s Tastemakers feature, seeks to open at the end of the month.


Fried fish specialist J Hot Fish closed shop at 1393 Cleveland Ave. in Linden.In a Facebook post, the eatery noted that it planned to re-open. “Thank you for your prayers, understanding and patience as we actively begin our newest challenge,” the post reads, “finding a new location.”

Café Phenix (39 E. Gay St.) has closed and merged with its down-the-street sister restaurant Phenix Bistro at 51 E. Gay St. The European-style café, newly dubbed Café Phenix Bistro, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Other News

Gasp … a winter with no nocino? The wet summer is making for a lean black walnut harvest; in order for Watershed Distillery to meet the demand for its popular nocino, a sweet walnut liqueur, the distillery is putting out a nutty plea to members of the community: Are you willing to part with your cache of black walnuts? Some restrictions apply, and you’ll need to be able to gather at least 25 pounds of unripe (green) walnuts. If interested, email Watershed at; the last day to drop off nuts is Monday, July 15.


North Market’s annual Ohio Wine Festival takes place July 12 and 13. This annual event features samples from Ohio wineries, live music, an outdoor farmers market on Saturday and food from North Market merchants. Proceeds benefit the North Market Development Authority. Visit for tickets. 


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