Openings, closings and other Columbus dining news

Coming Soon

La Tavola owners Rick and Krista Lopez are opening Lupo, a tapas and oyster bar, next month in Upper Arlington at 2124 Arlington Ave. La Tavola’s chef de cuisine Todd Elder will move over to run the Spanish-meets-Italian restaurant. Formerly home to Park Creek Kitchen, the new restaurant will seat about 70 inside with room for another 40 on the patio.

Little Eater celebrates the grand opening of its Clintonville restaurant at 4215 N. High St. this Thursday, Oct. 19 from 5-9 p.m. and continues Friday-Sunday from 4-9 p.m. This is the second location for Cara Mangini’s eatery dedicated to local, seasonal vegetables that got its start as a pop-up inside The Hills Market Worthington before opening its North Market location in 2015. Mangini is also the author of the cookbook “The Vegetable Butcher,” which was a James Beard Award finalist this year.

Chef-owner Josh Dalton says Veritas Tavern will serve its last dinner in Delaware on Nov. 4 before moving to Downtown Columbus at the corner of High and Gay streets. Look for the newly branded Veritas to open at 11 W. Gay St. after Thanksgiving.

Veritas Tavern’s Winter Street location in downtown Delaware won’t stay empty for long. Owner Josh Dalton plans to open a rustic Italian restaurant named Speck in the space in early 2018. Expect a very tight menu of pasta, soup and salad that showcases seasonal ingredients.

Apple brandy (or applejack) was once one of the country’s most popular spirits and Watershed Distillery is doing its part to revive the colonial-era spirit. The distillery will release its Watershed Apple Brandy on Sunday, Oct. 22. Made with 100 percent Ohio-grown apples, the brandy is fermented, distilled and aged for two years in charred oak barrels. According to a press release, Watershed says it’s “the first apple brandy produced in Central Ohio in over 100 years.”

Andes Bar and Grill is opening within the month at 79 S. Fourth St., the former home of Hae-Paul’s Korean American Kitchen. Owner Jorge Nisthauz hails from Bolivia and has previous experience running restaurants in New York City. Andes will serve South American fare and cocktails, with a focus on the flavors of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant will run happy hour specials and might add karaoke.

Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe announced that a Grandview location is in the works. The new Alchemy at 1439 Grandview Ave. will offer a full kitchen with a menu designed by former Angry Bear Kitchen chef/co-owner Tyler Minnis.

Haveli Bistro, a two-story upscale Indian restaurant, is coming to185 N. High St. Haveli will fill a Downtown space that has been empty for several years and was once home to several restaurants, including Wendy’s, Barrio Tapas Lounge and Madrid Restaurant.

Biscuit & Branch is currently closed for renovations and training and will reopen on Friday, Oct. 20 under the name Branch. An announcement on Facebook says that the brand refresh will include a new raw bar and dinner concept, while keeping its popular brunch menu. 

Now Open

Passport 196 opened earlier this month at 2816 Fishinger Road in Upper Arlington. The menu celebrates global flavors with dishes like jambalaya, a jerk chicken burrito, rib-eye with chimichurri sauce and more.

Texas-based chain Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opened on Monday at 479 N. High St., formerly the home of Japanese Steak House. It offers an extensive menu of tacos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, breakfast burritos and more, plus an extensive list of beer, margaritas and specialty cocktails.

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, a bookstore/bar/café serving plant-based fare, opened in late September at 1124 Parsons Ave. Fun fact: A previously unpublished poem from Lemony Snicket (author of the A Series of Unfortunate Events children’s series) appears on the menu.

Bonsai has replaced Tot Vietnamnoms at 3108 Kingsdale Center in Upper Arlington. Operated by the owners of the now-closed Japanese Oriental Restaurant, the new eatery will serve the same menu of Korean and Japanese specialties such as sushi, udon, tonkatsu and bibimbap.

Other News

On Monday, Wood Operating Co. LLC posted a “notice to leave premises” outside Homefare, chef-owner Matthew Litzinger’s comfort food restaurant at 772 N. High St. in the Short North. Tyler Puhl, a leasing director with The Wood Companies, confirmed the company’s action via email: “Unfortunately, yes we did give Homefare a three-day notice. He had accrued a very significant outstanding balance over the last few years. We were working with him to bring him back to current by every means possible.” We were unable to reach Litzinger for comment. Homefare replaced Litzinger’s previous restaurant L’Antibes, an upscale French restaurant that closed in 2015.

Le Chocoholique closed its Short North storefront, but its truffles are still available for purchase at area retail locations and online at