Food News: Lou's Fresh Flavor brings Puerto Rican fare to Franklinton; CRMD opens Saturday

Erin Edwards
Kristina Duong and her husband, Benjamin Stoyka, said they're bringing a "Los Angeles-inspired" ice-cream shop to the Short North with their new CRMD store.

Lou’s Fresh Flavor opened recently in Franklinton, serving Puerto Rican cuisine from a carryout window at 177 1/2 S. Cypress Ave., next to Red Door BBQ. The menu includes hot pressed sandwiches, chicken and rice platters and sides like beans, tostones and empanadas. You can also check out Franklinton Foodie Wednesdays, a new event taking place at 177 S. Cypress Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lou’s will be serving its authentic eats alongside Street Thyme burgers, Red Door BBQ ribs and wings, and hot dogs from The Good Frank.

Barbecue pitmasters from Austin, Texas, to Toronto, Ontario will converge on the Scioto Mile July 19–21 for Columbus’ annual Jazz & Rib Fest. Food vendors will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

CRMD, a new Short North ice cream shop whose tagline is “Lick It Real Good,” officially opens at 1190 N. High St. on Saturday, July 20. The shop features 12 flavors such as Cereal & Milk, Viet Coffee and Black Vanilla.

The new hotel Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown Short North and its first-floor restaurant, Central Market House, is expected to open to the public in late July. A rooftop lounge called The Goodale Station is planning to open in mid-August.

A sandwich shop and bar called Frank & Carl’s is opening this fall in Bridge Park at 6558 Longshore St. The 1,308-square-foot Dublin restaurant will be the first for Frank & Carl’s, which is owned by brothers Max and Mitch Stafford. The menu will feature 10 to 15 sandwiches ranging from deli classics to vegetarian alternatives, plus craft beer.

A contemporary wine bar and retail shop called Coast Wine House is opening in Historic Dublin at 75 S. High St. later this summer.

Philco Bar + Diner in the Short North is temporarily closed while its HVAC undergoes maintenance. The diner is expected to reopen soon with a newish, tighter menu. The opening of Philco’s second location, on Livingston Avenue, is still delayed; according to responses on social media, the German Village location is still happening.

Simple Times Mixers, the local cocktail mixer company founded by Mark Tinus, announced the construction of a new 7,500-square-foot production and event space facility in Gahanna. The new space will feature an on-site retail shop and allow for tours and tastings.

This Sunday starting at 6 p.m., Rockmill Brewery kicks of its Summer Sundays music series on the grounds of the Lancaster farm, 5705 Lithopolis Rd. NW. The series continues through September. In addition, Rockmill’s new production space and taproom is nearing completion at the farm. Stay tuned for an opening date.

The Peach Truck, a rolling fruit vendor that sells fresh Georgia peaches, brings its Midwest tour through Central Ohio July 18–20. Some local stops include Columbus Commons, Westerville Ace Hardware, Weiland’s Market and multiple Strader's Garden Center locations.

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