Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Bistrolino, a new café serving a mix of Italian and Lebanese cuisine, opened this weekend at 495 S. Fourth St. in German Village. The restaurant replaces the original Harvest Pizzeria, which closed in April. The menu includes include a variety of Lebanese and Italian flatbreads, fattoush salad, braciola, lamb chops, lasagna and more. Read more about Bistrolino’s owners here.

This weekend, the owners of Eden Burger are continuing the soft launch for their new plant-based café called 4th & State, located at, yes, the corner of Fourth and State streets in Downtown Columbus. The café offers a small selection of breakfast items as well as salads, veggie bowls, sandwiches and flatbreads. The soft opening takes place Dec. 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with plans to add dinner hours at a later date.

The Woodbury, a Downtown diner from the owners of Olde Towne Tavern, Pecan Penny’s and The Walrus, is now open at 215 E. Town St. The diner serves an eclectic menu with all-day breakfast from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. An attached coffee bar, open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., serves drip coffee and espresso sourced from Upper Cup Coffee Co. in Olde Towne East.

C.Krueger’s Finest Baked Goods has officially relocated from Brickel Street to a more prominent Short North address at 749 N. High St., formerly Cub Shrub. The bakery, milk bar and gift shop is owned by Cheryl Krueger, the former owner and founder of Westerville-based Cheryl’s Cookies.

Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar, a new spot for burgers, wings, bourbon and live music, debuted this week at 6445 N. Hamilton Road near Westerville. Founders  Steve Cohee, Todd Taylor and John Votino also own  the Tex-Mex eatery Adobe Gila’s. Double Barrel’s grand opening party kicks off at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, featuring live music from The Jack.

Max McGarity’s barbecue business, Smoked on High (755 S. High St.), is expanding through a new partnership with Kroger. Last month, McGarity added a location inside the Pickerington Kroger at 1045 Hill Road N. He added a third location last week inside the Kroger at 1745 Morse Road.

A new Chinese restaurant called K House is now serving lunch and dinner at 5230 Bethel Center Mall, formerly Hong Kong Express.

Closings

The original location of Minelli's Pizza (3858 Sullivant Ave.) will close on Dec. 31 after 52 years in business. Jill Ferrelli, the restaurant’s owner and daughter of co-founder Guy Ferrelli, plans to retire. In an announcement on Facebook, the West Side pizzeria expressed gratitude for its long run: “We are incredibly thankful and appreciative of our customers, our staff and the countless memories made over the years. … Our hearts will forever be filled with love and gratitude for everyone who has been customers on Sullivant Avenue.” The pizzeria’s sister business at 1189 N. Wilson Road will remain open.

Taste of Belgium, the North Market’s decade-old Belgium waffle vendor has closed. According to the market's executive director, Rick Harrison Wolfe, a new merchant will be announced at the beginning of the year. On its Facebook page, Taste of Belgium announced intentions to reopen elsewhere in Columbus. In the meantime, waffles are still available to order online at authenticwaffle.com.

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