Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

After its grand opening was delayed last week, Gemüt Biergarten is now open to the public at 734 Oak St. Housed in a renovated 1890s firehouse building in the heart of Olde Towne East (formerly the Columbus Music Hall), the locally owned brewery, beer garden and restaurant features German-style beers and foods such as schnitzel, flammkuchen and jagerwurst. Regular hours of operation are 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday. Read our Gemüt Biergarten preview here.

SeeSaw, the new live-fire restaurant and nightlife venue from chef Jonathon Sawyer, Forward Hospitality Group and Cleveland Indians’ second baseman Jason Kipnis, is expected to open Sunday, Aug. 25, at 906 N. High St. in the Short North. [Update: In a post on social media Friday, SeeSaw announced the bar will open Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24. Doors open at 10 p.m.] Sawyer, the winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes in 2015, owns The Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat in Cleveland, his hometown. As reported by Cleveland Scene, Sawyer has described the new venture as “Greenhouse Tavern goes to college,” with a modern-American menu emphasizing veggie-based small plates.

Max Avon has been named executive chef at Columbus’ iconic Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar (169 E. Beck St.). Avon has been the chef de cuisine at Lindey’s since joining the German Village kitchen last year. He was previously the executive chef at The Whitney House in Worthington.

The Brewery District bar Three Sheets (560 S. High St.) closed last week but will reopen Friday, Aug. 23, as Columbus Axe Throwing.

Columbus Tavern Group announced plans to open a third location of Yogi’s Bar & Grill. The restaurant group is targeting a September opening for the new neighborhood bar at 1126 W. Henderson Rd. Founded in 2006, CTG operates four businesses in Central Ohio, including Novak's Tavern & Patio in the Short North, two Yogi's locations in Dublin and The Filling Station Bar & Grill in Powell.

The hot dog vendor Links-N-Lemonade, which serves a variety of beef hot dogs, fresh-cut fries and house-made lemonade,now has a brick-and-mortar shop at 128 Graceland Blvd. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Hilltop dairy dip Cream & Sugar has added a food truck (named “Louise”), serving soft serve ice cream cones, slushies and other treats. 


Flavored Nation, a food festival celebrating iconic American dishes from all 50 states, returns to the Greater Columbus Convention Center Aug. 24-25. Guests will have the chance to sample dishes ranging from Maine lobster rolls to Alaskan reindeer sausage. Purchase tickets at (The event is put on by GateHouse Live, an affiliate of Columbus Monthly’s parent company GateHouse Media.) 

The Columbus Summer Wine Festival takes place from2 to 10 p.m. Saturday,Aug. 24, at Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.). Now in its second year, the event features samples from more than 20 Ohio wineries, live music, arts and crafts and food trucks such as Cousins Maine Lobster, Pitabilities and others. The event benefits CD102.5 for the Kids. You can purchase tickets here. 

Ill Mannered Brewing Co. celebrates its fourth anniversary from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 38 Grace Dr. in Powell. The party will feature tappings of several draft beers throughout the day plus food trucks.


Grass Skirt Tiki Room’s last day of business is Saturday, Aug. 24, at 105 N. Grant Ave. in the Discovery District.


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