Food News: Openings, closings, moves and more

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

There’s lots of Columbus food news to catch up on after the holidays, from openings to closings, to announcements and renamings.

First, a few closings. The Ohio Deli & Restaurant on the South Side was destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours of Dec. 30.Officials identified an unattended stove as the cause of the fire and the restaurant building was almost completely destroyed. An online crowd-funding campaign has begun to help the owner and employees. Adam Richman spread the word on Twitter; Richman defeated the Dagwood Sandwich challenge in one of his first episodes of “Man v. Food.”

Auddino’s Bakery & Cafe in Hilliard closed as of Dec. 31. Their production space and small retail bakery on Clara Ave. near the fairgrounds is still open. Finally, DeepWood Restaurant announced Monday that they closed as of Dec. 31 as well.

There are a few openings, too.Cincinnati-based Nada opened in the Arena District on Dec. 27. Nada focuses on modern Mexican cuisine, serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Uptown Deli & Brew, home to the new Temperance Row Brewing Company, held its soft opening over the holidays at 41 N. State St. in Westerville. The deli serves sandwiches and appetizers while the brewery’s initial offerings include a pale ale, IPA, porter, lager and a stout. The Bexley Coffee Shop re-opened under new owners Nikki Ore and Maria Schlegel on Jan. 5. The duo completed some slight renovations to the shop. They’ve begun offering Thunderkiss Coffee to pair with house-baked goods. Finally, the new Zoe Cafe from the Rigsby’s restaurant group — owners of Rigsby’s Kitchen, Tasi Cafe and Eleni-Christina Bakery — opened late December in Bexley. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menus reminiscent of Tasi Cafe.

Two moves have been announced or completed. Boston Stoker coffee shop announced they’re moving south to the Thurber Village retail plaza in Victorian Village. Their current building at 1660 Neil Ave. near campus is being demolished. And in case you missed it, Hot Chicken Takeover is now open in their North Market home, adding Friday hours as well.

In other Columbus food news, the much-discussed Balls restaurant, which is opening in the old Jury Room space, has been renamed the 1831 Tavern with the subtitle of “Balls Bar.” The experimental dining club Dinner Lab is beginning in Columbus soon. The membership-based group offers area chefs the chance to create a pop-up dinner to test recipes and concepts, then gather feedback from diners. Dinner Lab began selling Columbus memberships in late December.

Stone Brewing’s consolation prize to Columbus, the Stone Gratitude IPA, is on tap all around town. Sideswipe Brewing announced a one-year anniversary party on Jan. 24, complete with special brews on tap, tours and a food truck. They’re also expanding their taproom hours to 5-9 p.m. Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com 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.