Food news: J Hot Fish debuts in Olde Towne East this weekend
J Hot Fish, debuting at 1117 Oak St. in Olde Towne East (original digs of Hot Chicken Takeover), opens for lunch and dinner hours Friday and Saturday, March 6-7. Friday hours will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., while Saturday the fish and chips stand will be open from 1-4 p.m.
North Market announced new regular hours starting April 1. The updated hours will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Monday was previously an optional day for vendors. During the month of April, the market will celebrate the new hours by offering different Monday specials, like free one-hour parking with validation, social media giveaways and happy hour drink specials at the Barrel and Bottle.
Alana’s Food & Wine has begun serving an a la carte brunch on the first Sunday of each month.
The Near East Side Co-op moved westward to 85 Parsons Ave. Retail operations will resume later in the spring.
PurePressed Juicery is opening downtown at 190 S. High St. on April 1 in the Highpoint development on the Columbus Commons.
Soup fundraiser Souper Heroes returns with two events next week. The first is at Two Caterer’s High Line Car House from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. The second is its first in the suburbs, at Ella Restaurant + Bar in New Albany from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, March 9.
1831 Tavern — originally announced as Balls — quietly opened at 22 E. Mound St., former home of Jury Room. The restaurant still retained its spherically themed menu though. Meals include appetizers, bowls, sandwiches and entrees all built around meat and veggie balls.
Dayton-based coffee roaster Boston Stoker will open its new Victorian Village store on Friday, March 13. The shop is moving south down Neil Ave. from its current location closer to campus; its current building is being demolished this year.
A new Vietnamese fast-casual restaurant called 6-1-Pho was announced at the northwest corner of N. High St. and Henderson Rd. in Clintonville. The eatery is slated to open July 1.
The national chain Dick’s Last Resort, known for the deliberately surly attitude of the wait staff, announced a location at 343 N. Front St. in the Arena District. The space was most recently the 343 Front Street Tavern and Sports Bar.
National bagel chain Einstein Bros. Bagels is closing 39 stores nationwide. The only Columbus casualty is the Brewery District location at 743 S. High St.
Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook “Breakfast With Nick: Columbus,” with a second edition coming spring 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.