Food News: Watershed Distillery releases single-barrel bourbons; Mox Rox BBQ opens

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

Erin Edwards
Single-barrel bourbon selections from Watershed Distillery

Openings & Announcements 

Ohio Liquor and Watershed Distillery are releasing limited single-barrel bourbon selections across the state, starting Monday at select liquor agencies. OHLQ, a partnership between the Ohio Division of Liquor Control and JobsOhio Beverage System, began its single-barrel program in 2017, but this is the first time an OHLQ single-barrel selection is coming from an Ohio producer. Though the bourbons will not be available for purchase at Watershed’s bottle shop, owner Greg Lehman will lead a virtual bourbon tasting on March 31 at 6:30 p.m. Register for the tasting here

A new carryout spot called Mox Rox BBQ is now serving ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and sides at 9450 Mink St. SW in Reynoldsburg.  

The New Jersey-based chain Playa Bowls is coming soon to the University District at 1952 N. High St., formerly Subway. The new spot offers açaí bowls, pitaya bowls, oatmeal, smoothies, juices and more. 

Bonjour Café, a Downtown spot for crepes and coffee, has replaced short-lived Just Love Coffee Café at 330 S. High St. 

The owners of Sexton’s Pizza plan to open Sexton’s Pizza Tavern in Hilliard at 450 Franklin St. This will be the third location for brothers and co-owners Joey and Jamey Sexton, who opened their first pizzeria locally in Reynoldsburg in 2018 and a second location last year in Gahanna. ThisWeek Community News has more here

Franklinton’s Strongwater Food and Spirits announced on social media that it’s reopening on Thursday, April 1, for dine-in reservations and carryout. The 7-year-old restaurant and bar at 401 W. Town St. has been closed since November while waiting for COVID-19 cases to subside.  

Chef Moves 

Clintonville’s The Crest Gastropub (2855 Indianola Ave.) has named Jon Gruseck its new executive chef. The restaurant is expected to reopen soon, according to the business’ social media posts. The Crest's sister business, The Market Italian Village (1022 Summit St.), is also showing signs of reopening. The Market’s most recent executive chef, Tyler Minnis, is not expected to return to the Italian Village eatery after recently launching Boxwood Biscuit Co. with the owners of Law Bird.