Food News: Gallo’s Pizzeria to join North Market Bridge Park; Arena District DORA approved

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

Erin Edwards
Gallo's Pizzeria rendering


On Monday night, the Columbus City Council unanimously approved the creation of Columbus' first Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). The creation of the Arena District DORA means Blue Jackets, Crew and Clippers fans (and all drinking-age adults) will be allowed to purchase alcoholic beverages from participating businesses and consume those drinks off premises within designated times and boundaries. The DORA will run along West Nationwide Boulevard from North Front Street, past Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park to Field. The district will also include part of Neil Avenue around Express Live. The city is aiming to implement the DORA by the end of September before the kickoff of the Blue Jackets season. The Dispatch has more here

Openings & Announcements 

This morning, North Market Bridge Park announced the addition of a new pizza vendor. Gallo’s Pizzeria is the latest concept from brothers Nick and Tommy Gallo and their cousin, Larry Gallo. Offerings will include 18-inch, hand-tossed pies, subs, salads and stromboli. Though this is the Gallo family’s first pizzeria, the restaurateurs also operate Gallo's Kitchen and Bar in Upper Arlington, a pair of Gallo's Tap Rooms and Gallo's on High in Clintonville. The pizzeria will fill the market space between Lan Viet and The Little Kitchen and is expected to open in late fall. 

Sono Wood Fired makes its Easton debut Thursday at 4055 The Strand West. The Tuscan-inspired restaurant features a menu of antipasti, wood-fired pizza, roast chicken, pasta and more. Patio seating will be available. This is the first Central Ohio restaurant for Good Eats Group, a Chicago venture co-owned by John McLean and Martin Murch. Sono joins a slew of recent openings at Easton, including Brassica, LemonShark Poke & Makai Grill, Slurping Turtle, True Food Kitchen and Pins Mechanical. 

This weekend, Pattycake Bakery is celebrating the grand opening of its new location at 3870 N. High St. The vegan bakery has vacated its original location in Clintonville and moved into bigger digs, formerly home to Flowers & Bread. The grand opening takes place Thursday through Sunday. 

The newest iteration of The Sycamore (262 E. Sycamore St.), owned by Lima-based Good Food Restaurants, opened to the public Wednesday. The German Village restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features both a coffee carry-out window and a patio. Read more details here

Moody Trudy’s, a food truck serving pressed sandwiches, is preparing to take over the BrewDog Short North kitchen space (1175 N. High St.), which was previously occupied by Brown Bag Deli. The eatery also plans to serve Indulgence Ice Cream and sweets from Rainy Day Bake Shop. Moody Trudy’s is targeting an early August opening.