Food News: Jack & Benny's Downtown Diner opens soon; Zest Juice Co. and Short North Parlor Room join Short North

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor
Zest Juice Co.

Jack & Benny's DowntownDiner is slated to open Monday, Aug. 1 at 12 E. Broad St. This is the third location for Jack & Benny's. The Downtown diner is situated near the site of the long-closed Jack & Benny's at Broad and High streets, which closed in 1972. The new Downtown diner is slated to be open 24 hours a day.

TheShort North Parlor Room holds its public preview on Friday, July 29. The bar and restaurant is located at 1126 N. High St. in the former home of Surly Girl Saloon.

Zest Juice Co. opened its fifth location at 912 N. High St. in the Short North this week. Another location is opening at Easton Town Center soon.

Challahfood truck opened a brick-and-mortar location inside Woodlands Tavern this week.

Old North Arcade is opening its new section on Friday, July 29. The arcade bar recently completed an expansion into the former Cafe Bella space next door.

Bonifacio, the city's first full-service Filipino restaurant, opens Saturday, July 30 at 1577 King Ave. in Grandview.

Pokebap, an eatery focused on sashimi-grade poke bowls, is scheduled to open at 7561 Sawmill Rd. in Dublin next month.

Wooster-basedThe Rail burger bar announced it will open its first central Ohio location at the Dublin Green development later this year.

TheWhite Castleat 965 N. High St. in the Short North has closed temporarily. The location will reopen after the lot is redeveloped into a multi-use building.

Portland-basedOriginal Pancake House announced it will open its first central Ohio location in the Shops on Lane Avenue next summer.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast, beer, coffee and Columbus at He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures.