Food News: Law Bird ready to sing on South High; Kitchen Social makes Polaris debut

Erin Edwards

Law Bird, the much-anticipated bar from Annie Williams Pierce and her husband, Luke Pierce, officially opens Thursday, Nov. 7, at 740 S. High St. in the Brewery District. Williams Pierce is a veteran Columbus bartender (Curio, The Sycamore) who, in 2017, became the first woman to win the United States Bartenders Guild’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition. Law Bird will offer a curated list of wines and craft cocktails along with snacks and small plates. It joins a stretch of independent bars and eateries on South High, including Kolache Republic, Ambrose and Eve, Antiques on High, Tremont Lounge and The Daily Growler.

A locally owned American tavern called Kitchen Social is set to open at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at 8954 Lyra Dr., across from Polaris Fashion Place. The menu features entrée salads, pizzas, tacos, burgers and mains such as a sushi-grade tuna bowl, bucatini pomodoro and 6-ounce filet. Behind the venture is a trio of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group veterans: Brian Harvey, Brian O’Malley and Phil Yandolino. The restaurant joins Condado Tacos, Atlas Tavern and Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in The Pointe at Polaris development.

Tempe Taco Co., a new neighborhood eatery for street tacos, quesadillas, tequila and bourbon, opened this week at 7362 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg. Tempe Taco, which serves lunch and dinner, is located next to its sister business, Prost Beer & Wine Café.

A Mediterranean spot called District North is now open in the Atlas Building at 10 E. Long St. The Downtown eatery offers dishes such as Greek salads, falafel, beef shawarma, chicken kebabs and pita sandwiches.

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This week, The Crest Gastropub in Clintonville (2855 Indianola Ave.) launched a new menu for fall, the first seasonal revamp from new executive chef Ben Kanavel (formerly Comune). Highlights include elk steak frites, king trumpet mushroom with curried grits and roasted duck. The Crest’s sister restaurant at 621 Parsons Ave., which is under the direction of chef Zane Margocee-Perry, will be releasing its fall menu next week.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse added a fourth location this week. The locally owned coffee shop opened its first corporate location inside Thirty-One Gifts and Bob Evans Restaurants headquarters at 8131 Smith's Mill Rd. in New Albany. The new cafe is open to the public. Roosevelt’s other locations include its Downtown coffee shop on Long Street, a counter inside Olentangy River Brewing Co. in Lewis Center and a new space in Franklinton’s Gravity development.

Baba's Backdoor Dinner Club returns to 2515 Summit St.on Monday, Dec. 2. Baba’s owner/chef, Dan Kraus, will celebrate the restaurant’s third anniversary with a smoke-inspired, multicourse dinner. Get your tickets here.