Food News: Lion Cub’s Cookies sets Grandview opening; Tee Jaye’s to stay in Clintonville

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

Erin Edwards
Lion Cub's Cookies

[Updated June 18, 2021]

Openings & Announcements 

The delivery-only sensation Lion Cub’s Cookies is set to open its first retail store late next week at 1261 Grandview Ave. Founder Brad Kaplan launched the cookie brand in November 2019 with a series of pop-ups at North Market. Then, amid the pandemic, the Lion Cub’s team delivered more than 8,000 cookies per month to Central Ohio homes. The super-thick cookies come in a broad range of rotating flavors, from cookies and cream to puppy chow to Fluffernutter and more.⁣ Read more about Lion Cub’s here.  

The Barnyard Buster is staying in Clintonville. On Wednesday, Tee Jaye’s Country Place announced on Facebook that it will take over the space at 4560 N. High St., formerly Bareburger. Known as a rare local option for late-night grub, Tee Jaye’s shuttered its longtime restaurant at 4910 N. High St. this April when the out-of-state landlord declined to renew the lease. According to Tee Jaye’s announcement, the new location will have a liquor license. An opening date is still forthcoming. 

Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops is popping up this summer at North Market Bridge Park. The artisan popsicle stand will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 6741 Longshore St. 

Clintonville staple Smith's Deli & Restaurant (3737 N. High St.) reopened its dining room last week after pivoting to carry-out because of the pandemic. 


Watershed Distillery’s Four Peel Fest returns Sunday, June 27, with an in-person, family friendly block party. The celebration of all things gin will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at 1145 Chesapeake Ave., with food, beverages, a .5k race, games and vendors. For more information, visit

Wine News 

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee and more than 20 Central Ohio wineries are partnering together to launch the first-ever Central Ohio Wine Country Passport Trail. Twenty-two wineries are taking part this year. Participating wineries range from Wyandotte Winery in Columbus to Slate Run Vineyard in Canal Winchester to Fox Winery in Galion. Beginning June 21, visitors may pick up passports at any participating winery to start collecting stamps. To learn more, visit