Food News: Brekkie Shack opens; chef Andrew Smith leaving Rockmill Tavern

Erin Edwards
Andrew Smith at Rockmill Tavern

Brekkie Shack, a breakfast/brunch/lunch spot from twin sisters Lindsey and Lisa Rusch, opened Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Grandview Yard. The new eatery, located at 1060 Yard St., serves scratch-baked goods, savory breakfast dishes, Crimson Cup coffee, craft cocktails and more. The new spot will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1; hours of business are TBD Friday through Sunday.

Andrew Smith is leaving his post as executive chef atRockmill Tavern. Smith has been with Rockmill since it opened in the Brewery District two years ago, earning it a spot onColumbus Monthly's 10 Best Restaurants list the last two years. Smith says he plans to help restaurateursRandy and Tina Corbin (Club 185, El Camino, Little Palace, Philco Bar + Diner and The Rossi Bar & Kitchen) open their secondPhilco location on Livingston Avenue and lead menu development.Smith's last day at Rockmill is Saturday, Nov. 10. You can attend a five-course dinner prepared by Smith on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when the Brewery District tavern hosts its K Vintners Wine Dinner.

Columbus-based “tea beer” brewer Wild Ohio Brewing Co. announced plans to open its own brewery in December at 2025 S. High St. on the South Side. The brewery will add a taproom in early 2019. Wild Ohio's gluten-free offerings — like the DalyPalmer and Blood Orange Tangerine tea beers — use tea leaves and ale yeast instead of barley or malt.

Bangkok Restaurant, located at3277 Refugee Rd., will be closed Nov. 12-Jan. 21 while the restaurant staff is on vacation. Bangkok Grocery, located adjacent to the restaurant, will remain open.

Claddagh Irish Pub, located at 585 S. Front St. in the Brewery District, recently announced its final day in business would be Sunday, Nov. 4. No reason was given for the closure.

A Slice of Clintonville takes place 5:30–8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. The annual event benefits the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center and the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Attendees will have the chance to sample pies from a variety of local pizzerias and vote for a People's Choice winner. Beers from Lineage Brewing will also be available. For tickets, visit

The New Albany Indoor Farmers Market kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 3, at thePhilip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany at 150 W. Main St., Ste B. The market takes place the first Saturday of each month through March 2019.

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