The year started off on the wrong foot when Laughlin's Bakery closed on Jan. 5, 2020. Then it got much, much worse.

As we bid good riddance to a year we’ll never miss, we say a fond farewell to many Central Ohio businesses. The following restaurants and bars shut their doors for good in 2020, some because of COVID-19 and others for various reasons. Do you know of a restaurant or bar that closed permanently this year? Help us update our list by emailing dining editor Erin Edwards at

(Updated 12/30/20)

Arena District

Arena Sandwich Co. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.

Brewery District

Ambrose and Eve  Kolache Republic (it reopened inside The Daily Growler Brewery District)

Canal Winchester

Cbus Pizza


Blunch Clintonville Pizza Primo A Common Table


Belly Burger Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse Cafe Phenix Bistro  Jack & Benny’s (Old North remains open) Nancy’s Home Cooking One Line Coffee inside Huntington Center (Franklinton and Short North remain open) Plantain Cafe Si Senor (Grandview remains open) SuperChef's (Gahanna remains open) Viiza  Winans Chocolates + Coffees (Dublin, German Village and Grandview remain open)


Ba Sho Japanese Restaurant  La Scala  Pholicious

East Side

Uprising Meadworks


Bon Vie Bistro

Food Trucks

Los Potosinos  Sophie’s Gourmet Pierogi

German Village

The Sycamore Wunderbar


Matt the Miller’s Tavern (Dublin and Polaris remain open) The Old Spot  Palle by Moretti  Red Hook Grill  Spagio  Winking Lizard (Reynoldsburg and Westerville remain open)

Italian Village

Cosecha Cocina  Juniper

Multiple Locations

Bar Louie (Arena District and Polaris) Brazenhead (Dublin and Grandview) Freshii (Bexley and Dublin) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (Bexley and Powell have closed; multiple locations remain open) Max & Erma's (Dublin and Hilliard; multiple locations remain open in Central Ohio) Miller’s Ale House - two locations (Grandview and Easton) Native Cold Pressed (Bexley and German Village; Short North remains open) Pizza Cucinova (Dublin, Easton, Grandview, Westerville)

New Albany

FireFly American Bistro 

North Market

The Fish Guys  Little Eater Pistacia Vera (German Village remains open) Taste of Belgium

North Side

Bruno’s Pizza & Restaurant

Northwest Side

Bahn Thai Bistro  Fortune Chinese

Old North

Baba’s  Forty’s Chicken & Waffles  Mikey’s Late Night Slice (Downtown, Short North remain open)

Olde Towne East

39 Below Frozen Yogurt


Cantina Laredo What’s for Döner

Short North

C Krueger’s  Laughlin’s Bakery  Mission Coffee Co. (Italian Village roasting annex remains open) Monarch  Philco Short North Coffee House  The Table  Tastings - A Wine Experience 

South Side

Legacy Smokehouse on Greenlawn (Hilliard remains open)

Notable Temporary Closings

The following restaurants and bars have temporarily shut down because of the pandemic.

Black Point Catfish Biff’s Pizza & Subs Denmark on High Dempsey's Food & Spirits El Camino Inn The Half Pint (Arena District) M at Miranova Oddfellows Liquor Bar Rye River Social Strongwater Food and Spirits Taft’s Brewpourium Veranico Kitchen & Provisions Watershed Kitchen & Bar