Food News: Emmett’s Café will join the Open Air building; Budd Dairy adds Cream & Sugar

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

Erin Edwards
A rendering of Emmett's Cafe at the renovated Open Air building on Neil Avenue.

Openings & Announcements 

The owners of Emmett’s, Ben and Michael Kelley, plan to open a second café at the renovated Open Air building in the Old North. It's a natural fit, given that the brothers are also partners in The Kelley Cos., which purchased the historic two-story brick building at 2571 Neil Ave. from Columbus City Schools in 2019. “The history of this building, its architectural detail and the location along the Olentangy Trail made this space extremely attractive,” said Ben Kelley in a press release. The news comes on the heels of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing’s big announcement that it plans to open an offshoot brewpub called Understory at Open Air. The real estate developers opened Emmett’s first location last year at 744 S. High St. in the Brewery District, and it was soon named one of Columbus Monthly’s Best New Restaurants. Emmett’s Open Air location, which is slated to open in the fall, will serve fan favorites such as the One-Handed, Chia Rose Parfait and The Emmything, as well as more lunch options, juices and smoothies. The new café will accommodate 49 guests inside and feature a large outdoor patio. It will also sport a walk-up window for guests coming in off the Olentangy Trail.  

The West Side ice cream shop Cream & Sugar is now offering soft serve and treats like chocolate-covered bananas from an ice cream cart inside Budd Dairy Food Hall (1086 N. Fourth St.). Budd Dairy’s latest food vendor is owned by Rachel Upton, who founded Cream & Sugar in 2014, operating out of a former Dairy Queen on Sullivant Avenue. 

Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill is set to unveil its new 5,400-square-foot Grandview Yard location on Wednesday, July 14. The new restaurant at 1105 Yard St. will feature a spacious patio, large bar area, an abundance of TVs and a menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tequila-spiked cocktails. 

North Market Bridge Park (6750 Longshore St.) has launched a pop-up program called marketSHARE. Its first pop-up partner is Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops, the handcrafted popsicles cart owned by Cody Miller. Rime Time occupies the pop-up stall between the forthcoming vendors Saddleberk and The Pit BBQ Grille. It’s slated to operate at Bridge Park through the summer. 

Closings 

Euro Delicatessen, a market specializing in imported Eastern European groceries, has closed at 2746 Festival Lane near Dublin.