Food News: Pattycake Bakery lands new space; M at Miranova closes for good
Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news
Openings & Announcements
The owners of The Flowers & Bread Society (formerly the café Flowers & Bread) have sold their building in Clintonville to a beloved local business, Pattycake Bakery. In an email to customers, Flowers & Bread announced that the vegan bakery will be taking over the building at 3870 N. High St. in June. Pattycake was founded in 2003 by Jennie Scheinbach and moved into its current 650-square-feet storefront at 3009 N. High St. in 2005. At 2,862 square feet, the new space will offer Pattycake plenty of room to expand. According to the emailed statement, Flowers & Bread will continue operating from the current location through May, and its future plans will be announced at a later date. The Dispatch has more details here.
This Saturday, May 22, Playa Bowls, will celebrate the grand opening of its first Ohio location at 1952 N. High St. across from the Ohio State campus. The shop, which specializes in build-your-own acai superfruit bowls, opens at 11 a.m., with free bowls being offered to the first 50 customers. Playa Bowls also offers a selection of oatmeal bowls, fresh juices and smoothies.
This week, Veritas (11 W. Gay St.) is rolling out a spring vegan menu. Since reopening amid the pandemic, the Downtown fine-dining restaurant has hosted themed supper clubs based around a certain cuisine. The vegan tasting menu will be available for two weeks only, so get your reservations in.
Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill, which has two locations in Hilliard, is adding a third at 1107 Yard St. in Grandview Yard. The new spot, which promises tacos, tequila, mezcal and lots of TVs, is aiming to open next month, according to the Mexican restaurant’s Facebook account.
A new bubble tea spot is coming to Old Hilliard. According to signage on the building at 4013 Main St., Bee Bubbly will serve bubble teas, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and more.
"Top Chef" update (spoiler alert!)
Chef Avishar Barua made the city proud, but his time as a cheftestant on Bravo’s 18th season of "Top Chef" has come to an end. The Service Bar executive chef cartwheeled out of the competition (literally) at the end of episode 7 for disappointing the judges with his Bengali-style beef curry. He then lost his Last Chance Kitchen battle, his final opportunity to stay in the running for the title of "Top Chef." (You never know, Barua may show up in future episodes before the season is over.) In an interview for "Top Chef After Show" following his elimination, the self-described introvert described the experience as life changing because he was allowed to be himself. "I thought I showed up to cook,” he said. “Somehow all this personality started coming out. I don't know where it came from."
According to Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, M at Miranova (2 Miranova Place) will not reopen following a year-plus closure prompted by the pandemic. The decision comes as a surprise given that the high-end Downtown restaurant underwent an extensive renovation in 2019, but as the months dragged on, longtime M staffers moved on and new CMR projects were announced, namely the forthcoming restaurant El Segundo, it became clear that M may not return. The ownership group released the following statement on Tuesday: “Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) has made the difficult, but appropriate, decision to permanently close M at Miranova. While we are disappointed, this is the right path for our company, and we look forward to welcoming guests at one of our other CMR locations. We are deeply grateful for the support of our community and thank all our guests who have dined at M during the past 20 years.”