Food News: Surly Girl Saloon closes after Sunday

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

The Columbus Food League announced that Surly Girl Saloon's last day will be this Sunday, April 26. The property is being sold to an as-yet-undisclosed owner. CFL owner Liz Lessner (pictured) said the group's considered selling the restaurant for some time; Surly Girl owner Carmen Owens said she's going to focus instead on running Grass Skirt Tiki Room. Lessner said the group's other restaurants - Dirty Frank's, Grass Skirt, Tip Top and Chintz Room - are not in danger of closing.

Middle West Spirits announced last week a major expansion to Milo Grogan. The urban distillery will add a 23,000-square-foot warehouse for more material storage, barrel-aging, office space and for their collaboration with Cleveland chef Jonathon Sawyer's Tavern Vinegar. At the same time, their Short North distillery and retail space will get a revamp, too.

Firkin Ales, a female-owned brewery focused on cask-conditioned ales, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for building an ale house.

Taste of Granville takes place from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Bryn Du Mansion. Hosted by the Granville Rotary, the event features a variety of local microbrews, wines and food vendors. Craft breweries Homestead, Rockmill, Elevator and Millersburg are represented, and local food trucks like Sophie's Pierogi, Mai Chau and Burrito Bus will also be on hand.

This week Pies and Pints opened its latest Central Ohio location at 1020 N. High St. in the Short North.

Home bakery Dough Mama Pie & Pastry announced the summer opening of a brick-and-mortar space at 3333 N. High St. in Clintonville (the current tenant of the space, Virtue Salon, is moving into the former SoBo Style spot at 3282 N. High St. by June).

Two upcoming openings this month: Bubbles Tea & Juice is adding an Easton kiosk, and Izzy & Mo's Luncheonette, a small deli and cafe attached to Till Dynamic Fare, is slated to open by the end of April.

Spring means the return of food trucks and the debut of new ones. The Wrapped Up food truck holds its grand opening on Tuesday, April 28 at Cavan Irish Pub. The food truck serves wraps and bowls with fillings like pot roast, grilled chicken, antipasto and veggies. Alphabet Soups & Salads food truck is out on the streets, serving soups and salads. Customers can order cups or bowls of daily soup specials, craft a build-your-own salad or order a combination of both. And the mobile coffee cart Raccoon Coffee got its seasonal start this past weekend.

Forno Kitchen+ Bar began serving Saturday brunch this past weekend.

Wafflepalooza is this Sunday, April 26 at Brothers Drake Meadery from 2-6:30 p.m. The annual event features waffles from Taste of Belgium, coffee from Cafe Brioso and live music from Andy Shaw Band.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming in 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.