Openings, Closings and other dining news

Condado Clintonville opens this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2977 N. High St. On opening day, patrons can enjoy half-priced house margaritas and a free taco. The new location of Joe Kahn’s taqueria chain will be open daily, with brunch served 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. In a nod to neighborhood history, the restaurant’s artwork will pay tribute to historic Olentangy Park, an amusement park once located where Olentangy Village sits today.

Vaso, a rooftop restaurant and bar overlooking the Scioto River, is now open in Dublin. Located at the top of Bridge Park’s new AC Hotel, this Spanish-inspired spot specializes in gin drinks and tapas. Read more about it in the December issue of Columbus Monthly, where we take a look at hotel bars in Central Ohio.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams released its first plant-based ice cream, Dark Chocolate Truffle, last week. Having tasted it, I wholeheartedly endorse. Development of the dairy-free and vegan ice cream was a five-year “moonshot” project for founder Jeni Britton Bauer. Instead of using synthetic ingredients, Jeni’s combined high-quality coconut cream and fair trade cocoa to reproduce the lovable qualities of butterfat found in traditional ice cream. The new flavor is available in Jeni’s scoop shops nationwide. And in case you missed it, here’s a fun interview with Britton Bauer by The Lily.

Last night, Slow Food Columbus honored Athens-based Shagbark Seed & Mill with its 2017 Snailblazer Award during a five-course dinner at Rockmill Tavern. According to a news release, the award “recognizes pioneering contributions to the sustainable food system.” Owners Michelle Ajamian and Brandon Jaeger attended the dinner, which showcased the mill’s organic beans and grains, not knowing that the event was organized to celebrate their commitment to “good, clean and fair food.” You can find Shagbark products, like its Corn-Maize Tortilla Chips, on several menus around town and in local grocery stores. 

Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby is preparing to break into the Columbus market this month. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, an upscale restaurant featuring USDA Prime steaks, lobster, sushi and an award-winning wine list, is set to open Dec. 1 at 89 E. Nationwide Blvd., the former home of 89 Fish & Grill. The steakhouse also has locations in Cincinnati, Louisville and Nashville.

This month, Pierogi Mountain and Ray Ray’s Hog Pit will be featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The show airs Friday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. Loops, located in the Grandview area, was already featured in last Friday’s episode. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri also visited Himalayan dumpling specialist Momo Ghar at its original locations in Saraga International Grocery. That episode is expected to air in December.

Last week’s election resulted in good news for three local restaurants that needed voter approval to obtain liquor licenses. Pending certification of the election results, Hot Chicken Takeover and Little Eater will be allowed to sell alcohol at their new Clintonville locations. Likewise, Barrel & Boar can move forward with obtaining a liquor license for its new location in the works at 8 N. State St. in Uptown Westerville.

Independent coffee roaster Roaming Goat Coffee announced it will replace Impero Coffee, located at 849 N. High St. in the Short North. An opening date has not been set.


The Columbus Winter Wine Show

When: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6

What: Held four times each year, the Columbus Wine Show showcases more than 100 wines specially curated by Columbus wine expert Landon Proctor, with help from local distributors and sommeliers. A portion of ticket sales will benefit YMCA of Central Ohio.

Where: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown

Cost: $50 general admission; $75 VIP entry; $40 early bird tickets are available through Nov. 20

Tickets: Visit Eventbrite to purchase tickets.

Rusty Bucket’s Annual Coat Drive

When: Through Feb. 1, 2018

What: Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern is seeking donations of new and/or gently used coats in all sizes, which the Salvation Army will distribute to those in need this winter. According to a Rusty Bucket release, a total of 6,527 coats have been donated since the program began in 2011.

Where: Collection boxes are located at all 10 Rusty Bucket locations in Central Ohio. Visit for more information.