Food News: Cousins Maine Lobster coming to Columbus; Legacy Smokehouse set to expand

Erin Edwards
Legacy Smokehouse

The food truck Cousins Maine Lobster, known for its wild-caught Maine lobster rolls, launches in Columbus next month. Founded in 2012, the company was featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and now operates nationwide. Cousins will celebrate its grand opening on April 27-28, at Pins Mechanical Co., 141 N. Fourth St. Downtown.

Legacy Smokehouse, the Texas-style barbecue food trailer that got its start in Merion Village last year, is about to make some big moves. In addition to opening this month in the Short North Food Hall, owners Brian Jordan, Ty Sells and Chad Smock plan to open a third location — this time a standalone restaurant — this summer at 3987 Main St. in Hilliard. The Merion Village trailer will reopen for the season on March 30 at 1102 S. High St.

The Short North Food Hall is set to open to the public on Thursday, March 22, at 1112 N. High St. Additional vendors have been announced for the space, including Short Grain Sushi (serving hand-rolled sushi) and Vinny’s Pizza (pizza, subs and salads).

A Local Matters Gourmet Gala hosted by Next Level Trainings and Dough Mama’s Perrie Wilkof takes place 6-9 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Whetstone Park of Roses in Clintonville. The benefit will feature a silent auction, live music and food from Dough Mama Cafe & Bakery, Pistacia Vera, Hot Chicken Takeover, Ray Ray's Hog Pit and more. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event will go to Local Matters through Next Level Trainings.

In beer news, Land-Grant Brewing Co. releases its newest creation today. Land-Grant’s new Quadrahopic IPA features Cascade, Citra, Comet and Centennial hops. Meanwhile, Seventh Son Brewing Co. released Qahwah, a medium-bodied imperial stout infused with Mission Coffee Co. beans, earlier this week. Through Saturday, March 17, Seventh Son is offering a flight of four beers paired with Girl Scout Cookies for $12. Two dollars from each sale will go to local Girl Scout troops. 

Taste of Clintonville returns for a fifth year on Thursday, April 12, at Mozart’s, 4784 N. High St. The event, hosted by Experience Clintonville, showcases Clintonville restaurants, bakeries and other businesses. Presale tickets are $25 per person ($10 for children 12 and under). Tickets at the door will be $30 per person.

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