Food News: Columbus expands outdoor dining; North Market II adds sushi and plant-based cafe

Erin Edwards
eedwards@columbusmonthly.com
Hand rolls by Kintsugi Sushi Bar, a new concept from the owners of Satori Ramen Bar

Struggling restaurant owners are finally getting the extra space they’ve been seeking — outdoors at least. The city of Columbus is implementing aTemporary Outdoor Seating Pilot Programthat will permit restaurants to expand seating to sidewalks and on-street parking spaces, allowing for more capacity, plus safe social distancing. The program will continue through Oct. 31. It’s a welcome development but one that comes late in the patio season. Columbus has trailed Cincinnati and Cleveland, which implemented similar outdoor dining programs in response to COVID-19 back in May and June, respectively.The Columbus Dispatch has more here

The forthcoming North Market Bridge Park has added four new vendors to its lineup. The new crop of merchants includes:Bubbles the Tea & Juice Company,Kintsugi Sushi Bar,The Little Kitchen andPasta Ditoni's. They join seven previously announced vendors, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Dublin’s new North Market is targeting an October soft opening, with the goal of being at full capacity by year’s end. Two of the newly announced merchants have existing spaces in the historic North Market on Spruce Street. Bubbles first joined the market in 2005, and Kintsugi is a new venture from the owners of Satori Ramen Bar. Meanwhile, The Little Kitchen is a plant-based eatery that first launched as a food truck in 2017. Pasta Ditoni's, which has been making pasta since 1993, will operate its first direct retail shop at the new market. 

SIP Local in Clintonville is getting a new taproom operator and a new name. According toDrink Up Columbus, the restaurant group that owns Local Cantina has brought on gypsy brewer Derive Brewing to take over bar operations from Somewhere in Particular Brewing. The new name of the taproom at 2808 N. High St. will beDerive Brewing Craft Beer & Kitchen.

Local pastry chef Aaron Clouse will compete onFood Network’s Halloween Baking Championship Season 6for the chance to win the title of “Halloween Baking Champion” and a cash prize of $25,000. The show airs at 9 p.m. on Mondays on Food Network starting Sept. 14 and running through Oct. 26. Clouse joined Ambrose and Eve as pastry chef about a month ago. You can follow Clouse on Instagram@aaron_clouse.

A new Asian restaurant venture called Makai by LemonSharkis coming to Easton Town Center this winter. Makai is the more upmarket extension of its sibling restaurant chain, LemonShark Poke, which first launched in Southern California. (Fun fact: One of its owners, Tobi Miller, is a founding member of The Wallflowers.)

Matt and Tony’s Wood Fired Kitchen returned to dine-service this week for the first time since mid-March. Matt and Tony’s, which is in the same restaurant family Pat & Gracie’s, is located at 525 Short St. in the Brewery District.