Food News: Accent by Veritas opens; Indochine to be a bubble tea shop

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

Erin Edwards
Gregory Stokes at Accent by Veritas, 49 N. High St.

Openings & Announcements 

Accent by Veritas, the swanky new wine shop and bar from Veritas sommelier/general manager Gregory Stokes and chef Josh Dalton, is now open at 49 N. High St. in the Citizens building. Accent originated as a pandemic pivot by Veritas and Stokes, who launched an online wine shop and delivery service last year as a way to keep cash coming in. With a 1,400-square-foot space still available in the building where Veritas and its sister cocktail lounge, The Citizens Trust, are located, Stokes and Dalton decided to open a brick-and-mortar. Visitors to Accent can expect a meticulously curated selection of wines hailing from all over the world, with a particular emphasis on small winemakers. The shop plans to hold wine tastings, as well.  

The grand opening of BrewDog New Albany takes place Wednesday, Aug. 25. Located at 97 E. Granville St., the new taproom from BrewDog USA will be the craft brewery’s fourth location in the greater Columbus area. BrewDog New Albany features 24 taps, 6,900-square-feet of restaurant space, a 1,645-square-foot patio, outdoor firepits and games. A full food menu will also be available. 

The owners of Indochine Café (561 S. Hamilton Road), the popular Vietnamese/Laotian restaurant, plan to convert the East Side business into a takeout-only bubble tea and Asian desserts shop. An employee at the shop confirmed the news last week but said a timeline for the switch is still up in the air. You can follow Indochine on Facebook for updates. 

The Wex’s Heirloom Café is reopening this week for dine-in and carry-out after a long, pandemic-related hiatus. Located on the lower level of the Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N. High St.), the café reopens at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, with coffee, bagels, sandwiches and salads. Here’s the menu

The Trolley District’s East Market, which is currently under construction, is adding a new Korean concept from the owners of the popular Campus-area restaurant Diaspora. According to an announcement from East Market, Kosō will honor “Korea’s innovative street food traditions by marrying the American fast-casual eatery with the vibrant Korean pojangmacha” (small Korean food stalls). Other recently announced East Market vendors include Macho Taco, Yellow Brick Pizza, Creole2Geaux, Pitabilities and Fourteen Twenty Nine bakery. 

According to posts on its social media accounts, Standard Hall’s new extension, Standard Live, is set to open Sept. 1 at 1112 N. High St., formerly Short North Food Hall. The venue promises hot chicken, cold beer and live music, with opening day featuring a live performance by the band North to Nashville.