Openings, closings and more Columbus food and drink news

Openings & Announcements

The family-ownedSomali spot Hoyo’s Kitchen is set to open Monday, Aug. 12, in the North Market. Hoyo’s fast-casual menu offers customers the option of building a bowl, salad or wrap, as well as traditional sambusas (similar to Indian samosas) and Somali chai.

Hot Chicken Takeover announced the rollout of a new vegan offering called Not Chicken, a house-made seitan patty that’s fried and coated with HCT’s Nashville-style spice rub. It can be served open-face or as a sandwich on vegan bread. Customers can try the new plant-based offering at all three Central Ohio restaurants on Monday, Aug. 19 and Monday, Aug. 26. The new offering will be added to the regular menu later in September.

After introducing a weekend dim sum brunch a year ago, Dublin’s Ty Ginger Asian Bistro (689 Woerner Temple Road) is now offering the Hong Kong delicacy daily, with an abbreviated menu on weekdays.

A new eatery called Nara Korean Cuisine has opened inside Arirang Oriental Market at 1526 Bethel Road. The small spot replaces Arirang Korean Food Court, which closed last year.

The whiskey bar Barrel on High (1120 N. High St.) was recently renovated and has reopened as Fours on High in the Short North. Fours’ owner also owns the Campus bar Threes Above High.

The Cleveland-based craft brewer Platform Beer Co., which operates a taproom in Columbus, was acquired by Anheuser-Busch this week.

Events

The Kentucky bourbon brands Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s are swinging into Columbus as part of the Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour Aug. 9-11. The free, 21-and-over pop-up experience allows guests to sample bourbons at tasting booths, partake in the craft cocktail bar and enjoy Kentucky barbecue. Guests must register 24 hours in advance at bourbonboxcar.com to secure a spot. Heads up: The location is secret until you sign up.

The inaugural Columbus Fiery Foods Festival takes place from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Downtown’s Columbus Commons. Guests can sample spicy dishes and hot sauces from vendors such as CaJohns Hot Sauces, Rising Smoke Sauceworks, Mya's Fried Chicken, Fetty's Street Food and more. The event benefits the children's charity CD102.5 for the Kids. Visit the festival’s event page for tickets.

614Tiki’s first ever Tiki Week continues through Aug. 10. Wunderbar (739 S. Third St.) hosts an Ohio Rum Society Open House on Friday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., and through Saturday, Vaso will donate $1 to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund for every Blue Frozen Mai Tai sold.

Speaking of tiki cocktails, the 2019 Hula Hop, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Moai-Kahiki Chapter, takes place from noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Grass Skirt Tiki Room (105 N. Grant Ave.). The Downtown luau features art, food trucks, live music, tiki cocktails and more. Proceeds benefit Cure CMD.

The Reynoldsburg Tomato Fest celebrates its 53rd year Aug. 8-10 at Huber Park (1520 Davidson Dr.). Visit reytomatofest.com for more information.

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