Food News: Columbus Brewing Co. unveils taproom; Dave's Cosmic Subs now open

Erin Edwards
Owner Eric Bean at the bar inside the future Columbus Brewing Company taproom at 2555 Harrison Road in Columbus, which is expected to open this summer.

Columbus Brewing Co., the city’s oldest brewery, finally unveils its taproom today at 3 p.m. The new, 4,000-square-foot taproom is attached to the West Side brewery at 2555 Harrison Rd. Regular hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Cleveland-based cult favorite Dave’s Cosmic Subs opened this week at 1766 N. High St. across from Ohio State. The ’70s-themed sub shop, founded by Dave Lombardy, has grown to more than 20 locations since the first one opened in Chagrin Falls in 1997. This is the chain’s first franchise in Columbus; a Mount Vernon shop opened in 2018.

Dine Originals Restaurant Week is underway and continues through Sunday, Sept. 22. The annual event is put on by Dine Originals Columbus, a nonprofit that works to sustain and promote locally owned and operated independent restaurants. Dine Originals member restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus throughout the week. Participating restaurants include The Top Steak House, Due Amici, Katzinger’s Delicatessen and others. You can check out the menus here.

North Market’s Night Market returns Friday, Sept. 20, with food, music, adult beverages, family friendly activities and goods to browse. Several merchants will remain open inside the market during the event, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the market’s outdoor plaza (59 Spruce St.).

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Tony Tanner’s The Butcher & Grocer is expanding. Tanner launched a crowd-funding campaign this week as the Grandview-based butcher shop/market prepares to add a production facility and two new retail shops. A new production facility will allow the locally owned shop, which sources its meats exclusively from Ohio farmers, to grow its wholesale business and partner with more Ohio farmers. A second Butcher & Grocer shop is already in the works for the planned Trolley District development near Franklin Park. Meanwhile, Tanner is eyeing a third location in the Dublin/Powell area. The Indiegogo campaign offers a variety of unique perks such as the chance to be “Butcher for a Day” for $750 as well as “Meat for Life” in exchange for $100,000.

Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill opened Tuesday at 7482 State Route 161 in the Dublin Green Shopping Center near Plain City. The 10,400-square-foot restaurant and bar, which features a large menu of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, salads and draft beer, is the Lima, Ohio-based company’s third Beer Barrel in Central Ohio. The new restaurant will also feature a Bourbon Barrel Room, a secondary bar offering more than 100 whiskeys, craft cocktails and small plates, along with the full Beer Barrel menu.