Food News: Way Down Yonder, Community Grounds open on South Side

Erin Edwards
Chef Yonder

The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Way Down Yonder New Orleans Finest Restaurant opened this week at 3847 S. High St. on the South Side. The restaurant from chef/owner Yonder Gordon, a New Orleans native, and her daughter,Yonder Miller, serves Cajun and Creole fare for lunch and dinner, with po'boys, gumbo, crawfishetouffee, fried catfish and more. Way Down Yonderfirst launched in 2017 at the Columbus Food Hub in Olde Towne East.

Community Groundsopened this week at1132-1134 Parsons Ave. The long-awaited coffee shop and meeting space from owners Joel Cosme, Jr. and his wife, Tara Mullins-Cosme, will hold a grand opening celebration starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.

The2019 Columbus Margarita Fest takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Columbus Commons. The outdoor event will feature taco trucks, live music and a variety of margaritas. The event is expected to sell out; visit for more information.

Phenix Bistroopened Downtown this week at51 E. Gay St., replacing Criollo. Co-owners Brittney Barnhart and Gary McConnell opened the diner just a few doors down from their other business,Cafe Phenix.The new spot serves European-inspired breakfast and lunch fare, with plans to add dinner service at a later date.

Whit's Frozen Custard is opening this summer in New Albany's Market Square at 220 Market St. The frozen custard shop will also offer pies from Westerville-basedJust Pies.

Seitan's Realm (get it?), a food truck serving plant-based fare, is expected to launch May 18. The new truck from owners Amber and Kevin Ridenbaugh will serve 100 percent vegan sandwiches such as a Reuben, gyro and classic roast “beaf.”

The Keep Liquor Bar(50 W. Broad St.) is celebrating Mother's Day with a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12. In addition, dinner specials celebrating mom will run May 10-12. Call 614-745-0322 for reservations.

China Dynasty Arlington, which has operated at 1689 W. Lane Ave. for 32 years, is set to close Sunday, May 12.

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