Food News: Daddy’s to close; Natalie’s to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination

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

Erin Edwards
Daddy's owner Scotty Niemet

Openings & Announcements 

This week, Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza & Live Music and its sibling businesses, Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen and The Light of Seven Matchsticksannounced a new policy requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry (or a negative COVID test taken 48 hours prior to entry). The businesses are among the first to require proof of vaccination in response to a new rise in COVID-19 cases, joining music venues Spacebar, Dirty Dungarees and Ace of Cups

Columbus State Community College’s premier dining event, Taste the Future, is back in virtual form for the second year in a row. The event will be livestreamed from CSCC’s Mitchell Hall kitchens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at tastethefuture.com. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser help support students at Columbus State. The event will feature recipes, cooking tips and tricks, a showcase of small bites and beverages and a grand prize drawing. Purchase tickets at tastethefuture.com

According to multiple news reports, the 55-acre Grandview Crossing development, located on the former Dublin Road landfill, will include a community market and adjacent park. The Collective Market is expected to feature eight to 10 prepared food vendors (à la North Market) and 22,000 square feet of space. 

John McGinnis, the longtime GM/chef at Plank's Bier Garten, is striking out on his own with a new food truck. McGinnis' Grill is expected to hit the streets by the end of this month, specializing in gourmet sandwiches such as Karl’s Cuban and Betsy’s Chicken Salad. Sticky wings and soft pretzels will also be on hand. Keep an eye out for the new food truck around Clintonville.  

Closings 

Daddy’s owner Scotty Niemet announced this week that Saturday, Aug. 7, will be the bar’s last day in business. The South Side gay bar first opened in February 2020 but was forced to shut down a month later because of the COVID-19 outbreak and Ohio’s stay-at-home order. The bar was able to reopen a few months later. Niemet announced the closure on Facebook, citing financial strains from the pandemic: “We tried our best to stay afloat post-pandemic. Unfortunately, the momentum of what we attempted to build left us still playing catch-up. We want to thank everyone that believed in our vision of inclusivity and pushing the limits of what a queer bar could be in Columbus. We made magic.”