Food News: Boxwood Biscuit Co. debuts in Short North; Black Radish opens in Bridge Park

Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Erin Edwards
Fried chicken and biscuits from Boxwood Biscuit Co., which opens March 12 in the Short North

Openings & Announcements 

Located just steps away from Goodale Park, Boxwood Biscuit Co. will hold its grand opening on Friday, March 12, at 19 W. Russell St. in the Short North. The new fried chicken spot started out as a pandemic pivot for Law Bird’s owners, Luke Pierce and Annie Williams Pierce, and their Boxwood partner, chef Tyler Minnis. The fried chicken-focused spot is the trio’s first restaurant together. 

Black Radish Creamery will officially unveil its second artisanal cheese shop at North Market Bridge Park (6554 Longshore St.) this Friday, March 12. The new market stall from owners Anne and John Reese will serve grab-and-go cheese plates as well as cut-to-order cheeses, Black Radish’s own award-winning preserves and other provisions. The shop’s March hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Black Radish’s other shop is located at the historic North Market on Spruce Street. 

According to new signage in Downtown’s Lynn Alley, a Mediterranean spot called Aroma Restaurant is coming soon to 72 E. Lynn St., formerly Si Senor Peruvian Sandwiches and More. Additional details are not yet available. After a rash of Downtown closings over the past year, restaurants seem to be returning to the area. Other newcomers include Genjigo (coming soon) and Uptown 51 Kitchen + Bar, both on Gay Street. 

Worthington’s Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music and Grandview’s Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen are reopening for indoor dining and bar business, beginning Wednesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). Socially distanced live music shows have already resumed. Both Natalie’s dining rooms have been closed for months because of COVID-19, as the restaurants shifted to takeout-only. At Natalie’s Grandview, the reopening means the return of executive chef Bradley Balch, a past Columbus Monthly Tastemaker who left the fledgling restaurant for a time as it buckled down to weather the pandemic.  

BrewDog Franklinton (463 W. Town St.) will reopen its doors and patios on Friday, March 12, after a pandemic-related break. 

Accolades 

During a week in which a bagel war broke out between New York and California, The Lox Bagel Shop (772 N. High St., Ste. 106) appeared on Food & Wine’s list of “The Best Bagels in America.” Writer David Landsel calls the Short North spot “the finest bagel shop in Ohio's happening capital city.” The list of nearly 50 bagel shops, includes three from Ohio: The Lox and two Cleveland purveyors, Bialy's Bagels and Cleveland Bagel Co.