Food News: Dan the Baker's Toast Bar expands hours; Pokeworks coming to Grandview area

Erin Edwards
A toast flight by Dan the Baker

Dan the Baker's Toast Bar has expanded its hours and added a new lineup of sandwiches, salads and savory breakfast items. The diminutive Grandview cafe and bakery, located at 1028 Ridge St., is now open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Another poke spot lands in Columbus this fall.The fast-growing national chainPokeworks announced plans this week to open a franchise in The View on Fifth development at1005 W. Fifth Ave. in September.Pokeworks was founded in 2015 in Irvine, California.

The Short North Food Hall has added another food offering at1112 N. High St.Uncle Drew's Fried Chicken, a spin-off of Uncle Nick's Greek Fried Chicken in Grandview, serves pressure-fried chicken based off a family recipe from Buena Vista Cafe in Warren, Ohio. Uncle Drew's joins four other food vendors inside Short North Food Hall, including Legacy Smokehouse, Shokudo Modern Asian Kitchen, Short Grain Sushi and Vinny's Italian.

Swensons Drive-In, the Akron-based burger chain, broke ground this week on its first Central Ohio locationat 7490 Sawmill Rd. in Dublin. A second Swensons location is in the worksat2200 Ikea Way in Polaris.

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) are partnering together for BMI's Nashville Songwriters Tour, which crosses Ohio Saturday, August 11, through Wednesday, August 22.The tour will showcase Ohio craft beer and “in the round” acoustic performances from Nashville songwriters at various breweries. The Central Ohio stops on the tour include BrewDog in Canal Winchester, Grove City Brewing Co., Zaftig Brewing Co. in Worthington and Combustion Brewery & Taproom in Pickerington.

Last week, owners Moishe and Natalie Appelbaum closed their health-conscious eateryPocket Produce at3496 N. High St. in Clintonville.

Kollektiv, a coworking space and bar, is set toopen in theoriginal location ofMax & Erma's,739 S. Third St. in German Village.Look for a fall opening. The first Max & Erma's closed last August after 45 years in business.

Koko Tea Salon & Bakery opened last week at 3951 Easton Square Place E. next to Brio Tuscan Grille. Koko also has a Downtown location at 361 E. Broad St.

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