Food News: Baba's closes for good; Kolache Republic stages a comeback

Erin Edwards
Burger and fries at Baba's

Dan and Caroline Kraus’ small restaurant,Baba’s,has closed permanently after more than three years on Summit Street.Columbus Monthly documented the couple’sstruggle to open the restaurant in 2016. The Krauses announced the decision in a heartbreaking post on theBaba’s website: “Losing our business feels like a small loss when the world is on fire.We realize what a gem we had, and we want you and our family to remember her as she was. She went out with record sales weekend, after weekend.” 

Kolache Republic, a small cafe that shuttered earlier this year on South High Street, is making a comeback. Known for its Czech pastries, the small bakery is moving into the kitchen at The Daily Growler at 702 S. High St. in the Brewery District, just steps away from Kolache Republic’s original location. An opening date has not yet been announced. 

Brioso Coffee (53 N. High St.) has reopened its coffee shop at the corner of High and Gay Streets. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 

The Market Italian Village(1022 Summit St.) is resuming dine-in and patio service on Friday, June 12, with limited hours. Reservations are recommended. 

Congrats are in order forLaw Bird, the cocktail and wine bar from Annie Williams Pierce and Luke Pierce. The Brewery District bar was recently named one of the best bars in America byEsquire magazine. The bar has been closed since the March shutdown, but stay tuned — the couple is preparing to launch a carry-out cocktail program this month.

Chef Josh Dalton’s two Delaware restaurants,Speck Italian Eatery (15 E. Winter St.)and1808 American Bistro(29 E. Winter St.), will reopen for dine-in service on Wednesday, June 17. Reservations are now being accepted.