Food News: The Whitney House opens in Old Worthington

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

The Whitney House opened in Old Worthington this Tuesday, Dec. 9. The restaurant is located at 666 High St. - the old P.K. O'Ryan's - and is headed up by Ian F. Brown, who brings years of experience working at Bravo!, Bon Vie, Brio and Lindey's. He's teamed with Chef Max Avon, most recently of Lindey's, to create an eclectic menu covering American classics like chicken, steak and burgers mixed in with ethnic specialties like ramen and chilaquiles.

Cincinnati's MadTree Brewing began distributing cans of their beer in Columbus this week. Its first offerings are the Lift kolsch, Happy Amber, Gnarly Brown and PsycHOPathy IPA.

Lots of news from central Ohio distilleries! Last week Watershed releasedits newest offering, a black walnut liqueur called Nocino. Middle West Spirits just announced the first inits Double Cask Collection series, the OYO Oloroso Wheat Whiskey. Built from Ohio red winter wheat, Oloroso has been aged first in American oak barrels and then Oloroso Sherry casks. Mill St. Distillery, based out of Utica, just won a gold medal for its Mill St. Grappa at the 2014 International Review of Spirits.

Rambling House Soda is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to expand production capacity, bottle its sodas and meet increasing demand for kegs. The drive ends on Monday, Dec. 15, with supporters earning pint glasses and growler fills. Rambling House currently creates a ginger beer, sarsaparilla and a cola.

Jeni's Ice Creams has combined its administrative and creative facilities into a single space in the Arena District at 401 N. Front St.

The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington is hosting a Seventh Son tap takeover from 7-11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. A dozen beers will be featured, including specialty versions of the Oubliette Imperial Stout with ginger, sour cherries, or even peanut butter and chocolate. Daily Growler is offering specials on Seventh Son pints, flights and growlers that night.

The new Chipotle in Short North is opening this Friday, Dec. 12. The popular fast casual burrito joint is located at 1000 N. High St. in the new Fireproof Warehouse development.

The Bexley Coffee Shop is changing in ownership at the beginning of 2015. Owners Sean and Paulette Sullivan announced their last day of ownership is Dec. 31 (they're moving to South Carolina). New owners Nikke Ore and Maria Schlegel will re-open the shop in early 2015, selling scratch-made baked goods and Thunderkiss Coffee.

MeltBar & Grilled opens its second Columbus location on Monday, Dec. 15 in the Easton Gateway.

ChefDustin Brafford of the A&R Creative Group - owners of The Crest and Alchemy Juice Bar, among others - has announced he's becoming executive chef at The Crafty Pint in Linworth. Crafty Pint has shared that Brafford is revamping a new winter menu for the gastropub.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus." He's a regular contributor to Columbus Crave, and leads breakfast tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.