Food News: Destination Donuts relocating to Clintonville; Preston’s expanding

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

Erin Edwards
Columbus Alive
Heather Morris, owner of Destination Donuts, photographed in 2014.

Openings & Announcements 

The North Market vendor Destination Donuts is leaving the historic market next month after more than six years for a new destination: Clintonville. According to a social media announcement, Heather Morris’ doughnut shop is moving to 3519 N. High St., formerly Colonial Candy Shoppe (which relocated up the street to 3620 N. High St.). Destination Donuts, which unveiled its North Market space in spring 2015, is known for its pillow-y, yeasted doughnuts that come in creative flavors such as butterscotch and smoked sea salt, red raspberry hibiscus, chocolate bacon and others. The North Market stall is set to close on Monday, Oct. 11, and the new location is expected to open later in October. 

Another popular North Market vendor is staying on Spruce Street but expanding with a new location in Groveport. Preston’s: A Burger Joint and its sibling business Honey’s Fried Chicken & Biscuits are opening in a dual storefront at 480 Main St. in Groveport’s $7.6 million mixed-use development project, 1847 Main. It’s the first standalone space for both businesses. Chef Matthew Heaggans, one of the co-owners, says the project is eyeing a summer 2022 opening. 

Watershed Distillery is preparing to release its most mature spirit yet. Aged six to eight years, the 2021 Watershed Barrel Strength Bourbon Batch will be released Saturday, Sept. 18, at the distillery with limited allocation in Ohio retail agencies. Watershed is releasing just 3,060 bottles to seven markets — Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York and Michigan. To celebrate the limited release, Watershed is hosting a preview dinner prepared by executive chef Jack Moore on Thursday, Sept. 16. Bottles of the new bourbon will be available for dinner participants to purchase in advance of the public release. Get tickets here.  

One of chef Avishar Barua’s creations from his time on Top Chef is hitting stores. The gelato brand Talenti has released its first Chef’s Collection flavor, Peanut Butter Crunch, inspired by Barua’s winning Buckeye Bonbon dessert from episode 3 of Top Chef Season 18. The layered Talenti flavor features peanut butter and vanilla gelatos, graham crackers, brown butter sauce and a layer of chocolate peanut butter cups. Look for Peanut Butter Crunch at Kroger, Target and Walmart.

Events 

The annual Schmidt's Columbus Oktoberfest celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. today, Sept. 10, and continues through the weekend at the Ohio Expo Center, with plenty of German food from Schmidt’s, DK Diner and others. Beer and wine will be flowing, as well. Find more information at columbusoktoberfest.com.  

In addition, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (215 N. Fourth St.) is throwing an Oktoberfest Party today starting at 3 p.m. The event takes place in the Wolf’s Ridge taproom and on the patio, with German food and beers available in branded beer steins for $20.