Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Lou’s Fresh Flavor opened recently in Franklinton, serving Puerto Rican cuisine from a carryout window at 177 1/2 S. Cypress Ave., next to Red Door BBQ. The menu includes hot pressed sandwiches, chicken and rice platters and sides like red beans, tostones and empanadas.

CRMD, a new Short North ice cream shop, officially opens at 1190 N. High St. on Saturday, July 20. The shop features 12 flavors such as Cereal & Milk, Viet Coffee and Black Vanilla.

The new hotel Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown-Short North and its first-floor restaurant, Central Market House, is expected to open to the public in late July. A rooftop lounge called The Goodale Station is planning to open in mid-August.

Frank & Carl’s, a sandwich shop and bar, will open this fall in Bridge Park at 6558 Longshore St. The 1,308-square-foot Dublin restaurant, owned by brothers Max and Mitch Stafford, will feature 10 to 15 sandwiches ranging from deli classics to vegetarian alternatives, plus craft beer.

A contemporary wine bar and retail shop called Coast Wine House is opening in Historic Dublin at 75 S. High St. later this summer. 

Simple Times Mixers, the local cocktail mixer company founded by Mark Tinus, announced the construction of a new 7,500-square-foot production and event space facility in Gahanna. The new space will feature an on-site retail shop and allow for tours and tastings.


Barbecue pitmasters from Austin, Texas, to Toronto, Ontario, will converge on the Scioto Mile July 19–21 for Columbus’ annual Jazz & Rib Fest. Food vendors will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

This Sunday starting at 6 p.m., Rockmill Brewery kicks of its Summer Sundays music series on the grounds of the Lancaster farm, 5705 Lithopolis Road NW. The series continues through September. In addition, Rockmill’s new brewery space and taproom is nearing completion at the farm. Stay tuned for an opening date. 

The Peach Truck, a rolling fruit vendor that sells fresh Georgia peaches, brings its Midwest tour through Central Ohio July 18–20. Some local stops include Columbus Commons, Westerville Ace Hardware, Weiland’s Market and multiple Strader's Garden Center locations. View The Peach Truck’s tour schedule here.

Other News

Grove City’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) goes into effect starting Saturday, July 20. The new open-container district allows patrons 21 and over to purchase an alcoholic beverage from DORA-designated businesses (in a special cup) and then sip, stroll and shop within the district boundaries in Grove City’s historic town center. Participating establishments include Plank’s on Broadway, Local Cantina and Hop Yard 62.

Philco Bar + Diner in the Short North is temporarily closed while its HVAC undergoes maintenance. The diner is expected to reopen soon with a newish, tighter menu. The opening of Philco’s second location, on Livingston Avenue, is still delayed; according to responses on social media, the German Village location is still happening.




Beer of the Month: Rockmill Brewery Pilsner

Style: Belgian Pilsner

ABV: 4.8%

Having established a roster of Belgian farmhouse ales, dubbels, tripels and even the occasional IPA and stout, Rockmill Brewery has turned its expertise to crafting a pilsner ideal for summer. The Lancaster brewery’s Belgian Pilsner is composed of German malts and Czech hops. It pours a pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The flavors and aromas are sweet, grassy and a little floral, and the brew finishes with the crisp, clean texture you’d expect of the style. —Nicholas Dekker



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