Food News: Northstar Café to expand to Cleveland suburb; TAT owner dies at 86

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

Erin Edwards
Northstar at Easton

Cleveland Scene reported this week that Columbus’ own Northstar Café will open a location in the Van Aken District in Downtown Shaker Heights. Northstar confirmed the news on Instagram. Kevin and Katy Malhame opened Northstar’s first location in 2004 in the Short North, and the organic-focused restaurant has since grown to five locations. The Cleveland-area restaurant, set to open next spring in the same area as its sister concept Brassica, will be Northstar’s second location outside of Central Ohio. 

James “Jimmy” Corrova, the owner of TAT Ristorante Di Famiglia, died Monday at age 86. TAT, located at 1210 S. James Road, is known as Columbus' oldest Italian restaurant and served some of the city's first pizzas. TAT was founded in 1929 by Corrova's parents, Pete and Philomena. Read his obituary here

The Columbus Summer Beerfest is back after last year’s event was canceled. The beer festival, which features more than 100 craft breweries, takes place over two sessions on Saturday, July 24, at Express Live, 405 Neil Ave., in the Arena District. The afternoon session runs 2-5 p.m., and the evening session runs 8-11 p.m. For more information, visit

Six Central Ohio restaurants recently earned coveted spots on Wine Spectator’s annual Restaurant Awards list, which honors top wine programs around the world. This year’s list included more than 2,900 restaurants across all 50 states and 72 countries and territories. Barcelona Restaurant & Bar, Hen Quarter, Smith & Wolensky and Veritas won the Award of Excellence, while The Refectory and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse earned the Best of Award of Excellence. See the list here.  

Budd Dairy Food Hall (1086 N. Fourth St.) has expanded its hours to include lunch four days a week, Thursday through Sunday. The food hall's new hours are 4-11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. 

The locally owned fast-casual chain Bibibop Asian Grill opened its 14th Central Ohio location today at 1775 Hilliard-Rome Road.