Roundup: Five restaurant openings we're anticipating for 2017

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

This year saw a veritable explosion of dining options around Columbus, and 2017 promises some exciting new additions. Here are five we're eagerly anticipating.

Cosecha, Italian Village

Cosecha is the next restaurant in Chris Crader's burgeoning Grow Restaurant empire. With The Sycamore, Salt & Pine and three Harvest Pizzerias under its belts, Grow's Mexican-themed Cosecha (which is Spanish for "harvest") shows great promise, even more so that Silas Caeton (previously of Salt & Pine and Veritas Tavern) will be serving as chef.

Service Bar, Short North

Headed by Avishar Barua (another Veritas alum), Middle West Spirits' restaurant completes the overhaul that also saw the company revamp its bottle shop, more than double its production space and increase warehouse capacity. Middle West co-owner Brady Konya says the Service Bar will serve "nostalgia-driven, contemporary New American cuisine."

Flowers & Bread Co., Clintonville

If the gorgeous Instagram snaps are any sign of what's to come, the breads, pastries and flower arrangements from Flowers & Bread Co. will be a real treat. Situated in a renovated home in the heart of Clintonville, the haven will serve as a coffee shop, bakery, classroom and floral studio. The business is a collaboration between Tricia Wheeler, owner of The Seasoned Farmhouse andEdible Columbuseditor, chef Sarah Lagrotteria and baker Sarah Black.

Watershed Bar & Kitchen, Grandview

With the passing of House Bill 351 earlier this year, Ohio distilleries can now run bars and restaurants, putting Middle West and Watershed Distillery on track to open establishments. Due this February, Watershed Bar & Kitchen is an extension of the production space and bottle shop in Grandview. The owners have tapped Alex Chien as bar manager and Cleveland chef Jack Moore to head up the kitchen.

Steam Kitchen, North Market

Chef Marcus Meacham continues to make a name for himself nationwide with his appearances on dining website Tastemade, and now his Steam Kitchen will gain a wider audience as a North Market stall. He's been running the Chinese steam buns concept out of Little Rock Bar this year and makes the transition to the market in January.

Online Bonus: Cravings Cafe reopening

This former Italian Village side-street gem was displaced by its landlord in late 2015, and we're hoping it'll find a new crowd of regulars when it reopens on South Front Street Downtown. The sign is hung, renovations are underway and soon we'll again be able to enjoy breakfast sandwiches, bronuts and coffee from Matt and Lindsey Tewanger.

Online Bonus #2: Veritas Tavern moving Downtown

Next year promises to be big for Veritas Tavern. Owner Josh Dalton announced that this year his eatery, often recognized as one of the top in central Ohio, will move from its Delaware home to North High Street in the renovated Madison's building.