Openings, closings and other local dining news

Trillium Kitchen & Patio opens today in the old Alana’s Food & Wine location at 2333 N. High St. in the Old North. Seafood will continue to be a calling card of co-owner and chef Bradley Balch (see our Tastemakers profile of him here), whose globe-traversing menu includes dishes such as lump crab wontons, olive oil-poached Pacific blue prawns, a Woodland Ridge Farm pork chop with Shagbark grits and a daily fish plate. Former Alana’s customers are in for a surprise at the restaurant’s transformation. The renovated brick patio out front will host weekly live music. The interior (refreshed in gray, white and brown tones) houses a main dining room with booths and previously covered wood floors. The restaurant also offers a scarlet-and-gray private dining room. The expanded bar area includes a community table and a handsome, long bar top made of sycamore wood (appropriate given Balch’s continued ownership stake in The Sycamore). Finally, an overflow space off the kitchen provides a spot for wine tastings, complete with wine lockers and a wall covered in wine boxes that the Trillium team discovered in the basement. A parting gift from its previous owners, perhaps?

Tanisha Robinson, a longtime Columbus resident and founder of several startups including Print Syndicate, has been named managing director of BrewDog USA, based in Canal Winchester. The announcement comes just as the Scottish craft brewer prepares to release its first USA-brewed beers next week. According to a press release, Robinson “will be responsible for establishing the BrewDog brand, sales strategy, operational growth and developing its American bar division.” The civically connected Robinson serves on the boards of The Columbus College of Art and Design, Mount Carmel Health System and The Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Drunch Eatery & Bar is now open at 995 N. Fourth St. in Italian Village. 

The Ohio Wine Festival takes place this Friday-Sunday at the North Market.

Cameron Mitchell’s Cap City Fine Diner opens at 6644 Riverside Dr. in Dublin’s new Bridge Park development on Tuesday, July 11.

A Taste of Vietnam, located a few doors down from House Wine in Worthington, has closed.


Beer of the Month: Four String Brewing Hilltop Heritage Lager

Style: American Lager

ABV: 4.2%

In the craft beer world, lagers are often associated with the national brands that dominate the commercials during football games. Fortunately, more microbreweries are giving the style a proper treatment. Four String Brewing’s new entry, the Hilltop Heritage Lager, is available in 16-ounce cans with bright red labeling that’s playfully reminiscent of the branding on most American lagers. It’s everything a good summer beer should be: inexpensive and easy drinking, with a clean flavor profile. —Nicholas Dekker