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

Openings & Announcements

A new sports bar called Rudy’s opened Monday at 1021 W. Fifth Ave., replacing Palle by Moretti, which shut down in early March.

Matt the Miller’s Tavern in Grandview will likely not reopen, says the president of CLB Restaurants, the group that owns Matt the Miller’s and Tucci’s. Reached by phone Thursday, Craig Barnum says his company is looking to relocate the restaurant to Upper Arlington or the surrounding vicinity, though a deal is not yet in place. Read more about Matt the Miller’s potential move here.

The Short North bar Mouton unveiled a to-go craft cocktail program this week. Mouton is located at 954 N. High St.

New food truck Red Square Grill is serving hard-to-find Uzbek and Russian fare. The mobile kitchen is next to Romashka Euro Deli at 2400 W. Dublin Granville Road. Menu items include plov, samsa, lagman, kebabs and more.

Sweet Carrot (1417 W. Fifth Ave.) recently launched a new brunch menu featuring cocktails and dishes such as Smashed Potatoes Benedict and Cinnamon Roll French Toast, using cinnamon rolls from its sister company Kittie’s Cakes. The Grandview spot is currently open Thursday through Sunday for dine-in or carryout and will serve brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Alabama-based chain Chicken Salad Chick is adding a second Central Ohio location at 6304 E. Dublin Granville Road in Hamilton Quarter. A Westerville storefront opened in June 2019. The grand opening will take place Tuesday, July 28, with the first 100 guests earning free chicken salad for a year.

Ben Sippel, the co-owner of Sippel Family Farm and partner in Kokoborrego Cheese Co., died Sunday after a battle with cancer. The award-winning artisan cheese company, based in Mount Gilead, Ohio, made the announcement on social media. Ben and Lisa Sippel have owned and operated Sippel Family Farm since 2004. You can find a GoFundMe campaign to support Sippel’s family here.

Closings

Yellow Brick Pizza’s shop near Victorian Village has closed, but a new Franklinton location at the River & Rich development is moving forward with plans to open this fall. Yellow Brick’s last day at 245 King Ave. was Saturday. Yellow Brick’s original location in Olde Towne East (892 Oak St.) reopened Sunday after a coronavirus scare prompted it to close on July 10 so that all employees could be tested. The OTE shop is currently operating with limited hours from 4 to 10 p.m. daily.

COVID-19 Updates

Katalina’s Harrison West café (1105 Pennsylvania Ave.) has reopened for carryout and curbside pickup after temporarily closing amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Patio and dine-in service have been suspended. Katalina’s Clintonville location remains closed until further notice.

Harvest Pizzeria in Dublin (45 N. High St.) announced this week that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant has closed temporarily while employees await test results and the restaurant is cleaned.

The new Grandview gastropub Rye River Social has also shut down temporarily after a staffer tested positive. It plans to reopen Thursday, July 30.

The Market Italian Village (1022 Summit St.) announced that it has closed until further notice out of an abundance of caution as coronavirus cases continue to surge in Central Ohio.