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

Openings and Announcements

Blue Danube, the shuttered Ohio State landmark, may get a revival, according to the Dispatch. The building’s new owner, Jay Harkrider, plans to reopen the iconic restaurant at 2439 N. High St. The city’s University Impact District Review Board recently signed off on Harkrider’s plans to restore the building, which you can view here. A few of the changes detailed include keeping the existing neon sign and replacing the exterior wood paneling “with a blue enamel porcelain tile consistent with historic images.” Meanwhile, the mural on the Dube’s north side is to “be repaired with a mural of similar size and subject matter.” Read restaurant reviewer G. A. Benton's reflections on the closing of the Dube from 2018 here.

Block’s Bagels opened this week inside the North Market (59 Spruce St.). The bagel shop, which replaces Taste of Belgium, offers carryout bagels and cream cheeses as well as a full range of deli offerings, including chicken, tuna and egg salad sandwiches. The New York-style bagel shop was founded in Columbus in 1967 by Hal and Audrey Block. Block’s market stall is owned and operated by Jeremy Fox, an entrepreneur who licenses the Block name. Fox also owns Block’s Bagels in Bexley.

A new gastropub, Rye River Social, is preparing to open in Grandview at 955 W. Fifth Ave., previously Sammy’s on 5th and, before that, Bar 145. The new concept is the handiwork of The Pint Room Group, owners of The Pint Room and The Half Pint.

Gokul Café (2685 Federated Blvd.), an upscale Indian restaurant specializing in vegetarian fare, is now under new management. New owner Kamal Panchal previously ran Banana Leaf Restaurant, which closed last year.

A seafood boil spot called Jay’s Crab Boil & Oyster Bar is now serving lunch and dinner at 10705 Blacklick-Eastern Road N.W. in Pickerington.

City BBQ opened a New Albany location last week at 6280 E. Dublin Granville Road in Hamilton Quarter.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Experience Clintonville announced this week that it has postponed Taste of Clintonville, the neighborhood’s annual tasting event originally scheduled for April 1. Tickets for the event purchased through Eventbrite will be refunded.


Palle by Moretti, Grandview’s meatball-centric restaurant, has closed at 1021 W. Fifth Ave. Reached by phone Monday morning, owner Tim Moretti said he plans to reopen but declined to discuss the new concept. Moretti also owns the Italian restaurant Moretti’s of Arlington. Palle, which means “balls” in Italian, opened in the mixed-use development The View on Fifth in 2016.

Short North cocktail bar Monarch has closed at 700 N. High St. Owner Shawn Shahnazi told 10TV that the decision was due in part to the extra security expenses incurred by the business following a pair of shooting incidents.


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