Food news: North High Brewing ready to roll with cans

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Knotty Pine Brewing in Grandview is now open and running. Its first beers are flowing: a session blonde ale and the Mirror Lake IPA, with a porter on the way. The menu is focused on lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, with an emphasis on Italian specialties.

Lots of expansion and growth this week. Basil Thai opened a second location this week at 460 S. Front St. in the Brewery District. Zoup opened another spot next to the Lennox Center at 1543 Lennox Town Lane. Rambling House Soda also shared it’s moving production off site, which allows the North Campus spot to expand wholesale accounts, add a bottling line and make room for Paddy Wagon Food Truck to serve food at the soda spot’s Hudson St. bar and music venue.

PurePressed Juicery opened Wednesday, April 1 in the High Pointe development at the Columbus Commons. In Grandview J.C.’s Just Chili opened at 1617 W. Fifth Ave., serving both meat-centric and vegan chili, plus coney sauce, cornbread and desserts. Downtown, the Rendezvous Cafe on Gay and Third St. was purchased by the owners of Hungry Soul Cafe and has been renamed Nosh Columbus.

Some developments in the brewing world, too. Barley’s Brewing Company confirmed plans to expand its production space into a building on Vine St., a couple blocks from its brewpub. Barley’s plans to keep producing beer with the 10-barrel system in the basement of its building, but will expand production in the new Vine St. space. Long Trail Brewing from Vermont announced it will start distributing to Ohio. And North High Brewing shared first images of its new cans. The Short North brewery will begin by canning its milk stout, IPA and dry-hopped pale ale in May.

Big Fat Greek Kuzina in Upper Arlington closed after 10 years in business. Pizza Rustica in the South Campus Gateway closed last week.

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.