Openings, closings and other Columbus food news

North Country Charcuterie recently opened its own USDA-approved production facility on Chesapeake Avenue next to Watershed Distillery. The family-owned cured meat business, which was previously operating out of 1400 Food Lab, will now be able to ramp up production and sell its offerings nationwide.

The owners of The Carvery announced yesterday in a Facebook post that the sandwich shop will close permanently at 51 E. Gay St. The Downtown lunch spot, which opened in 2014, suffered significant water damage from a plumbing leak in December and has been closed ever since.

Lifestyle Communities opens its first Downtown location of The Goat Bar and Restaurant today at 4 p.m. The 6,552-square-foot venue at 219 S. High St. features a dining room, bar and an outdoor patio with an infinity pool and deck (the pool will open at a later date). Expect a full bar with an emphasis on bourbon, American pub grub (salads, wraps, wings, burgers and pizzas) and brunch on the weekends. A coffee shop is also under development at the space.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, all Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams scoop shops will open three hours early to celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. This year’s event benefits She Should Run, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower women of all political leanings to run for elected office. Jeni’s will donate 50 percent of all sales made between 9 a.m. and noon to She Should Run.

Hilliard’s Ten Pin Alley reopens Friday, Feb. 2, after undergoing a significant expansion. The bowling center at 5499 Ten Pin Alley now features a much larger dining area and Neapolitan-style pizzas.

The Israeli fast-casual chain Burgerim is breaking into the Central Ohio market with two locations this year. Burgerim (which translates to “many burgers” in Hebrew) allows customers to design their own 2.8-ounce burgers choosing among a variety of buns, patties, sauces and toppings. One franchise is opening Downtown at 121 S. High St., formerly home to The Chintz Room, with another location planned for 6599 E. Broad St. in Reynoldsburg.

A pair of Columbus chefs recently filmed an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games on The Food Network. Gallerie Bar & Bistro pastry chef Aaron Clouse and chef Laura Lee of Ajumama food truck will appear in the episode “Sweet and Savory Duos” when it airs on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 9 p.m.

North High Brewing Co. is teaming up with Delaware-based Amato's Woodfired Pizza to open a brewpub in Marion, Ohio, this spring.

Changes are afoot for the recently closed Juergens German Bakery and Restaurant. Our sister publication ThisWeek Community News reports that the longtime German Village restaurant at 525 S. Fourth St. is being replaced with a new German concept from the owners of Crosswoods’ Wurst und Bier.

The Donut Experiment is now open at 6780 Perimeter Loop Rd. in Dublin.

IT’SUGAR, an over-the-top candy retailer (read: 5-pound gummy bears) with more than 100 stores nationwide, opens at 160 Easton Town Center on Friday, Feb. 2.



Eat this: Handmade Chocolate from Coco Cat Bakery & Chocolates

A Jamaican Curry white chocolate bar? Customers may balk at first, but Coco Cat owner Melissa Camp is determined to spice up the traditional chocolate bar by incorporating fresh herbs and spices. “We call it a party in your mouth,” Camp says of the sweet and spicy curry-forward confection.

Another interesting find at North Market’s newest vendor is the Moroccan Spice bar, Coco Cat’s most popular blend, featuring dark chocolate, Vietnamese cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and white pepper.

Camp grows most of the herbs used in her creations on the Licking County farm she shares with her husband, Todd, and son, Tosh. Meanwhile, the spice blends she uses come from North Market Spices.

Coco Cat plans to animate the bakery part of its name in 2018 by launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for an oven and vent.

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