Food News: Beechwold Farm Market expands offerings; Poong Mei closes

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

Erin Edwards
Beechwold Farm Market on Indianola Avenue

Openings & Announcements 

Beechwold Farm Market (4662 Indianola Ave.), an indoor market from Swainway Urban Farm, recently received its grocery license, allowing it to add pasture-raised beef, chicken and other meats from Fredericktown’s Sweet Grass Dairy. The small shop is open Tuesdays and Saturdays (check its Instagram account for updates), and offers a variety of mushrooms, microgreens, vegetables, Ohio-made provisions and house plants. Beechwold Farm Market also offers a seasonal CSA and a bread CSA. 

Moran’s Bar & Grille, a Prohibition-themed restaurant from the owners of Pat & Gracie’s, opened last week at 415 N. Front St. in the Arena District. Menu highlights include: tacos, sandwiches, fish and chips, NY strip and pasta. Moran’s replaces The Half Pint. 

The owner of Fukuryu Ramen has launched a new concept called Domo Donburi from a ghost kitchen at 748 Harmon Ave. While Fukuryu focuses on ramen at its two Central Ohio restaurants, the new delivery-only concept offers Japanese rice bowls and small plates such as gyoza, tempura and karaage. 

The Columbus Dispatch reported last week that a Korean fried chicken franchise is set to fill the former Taste Bay storefront at 1132 W. Henderson Road. CM Chicken, aka Choong Man Chicken, is a Korean fried chicken chain founded in 2009 that now has multiple locations across the U.S. It specializes in classic, super-crispy KFC as well as tikkudak-style chicken, a fried-then-baked variety. 

Closings 

Upper Arlington’s Poong Mei Asian Bistro (4720 Reed Road) has shut down after a 10-year run, according to an employee and a post on the restaurant’s website. The good news is that some of Poong Mei’s dishes will be available at the restaurant’s sister restaurant, Don Pocha Korean BBQ, which opened right next door earlier this year. At Don Pocha (4710 Reed Road), customers can cook Korean barbecue at their table or choose from dishes such as kimchi pancakes, bibimbap, doenjang jjigae and more. Don Pocha also offers Korean barbecue meals to-go. 

Temporary Closings 

The comfort food eatery Sweet Carrot (1417 W. Fifth Ave.) has closed until Oct. 11. According to an update on the Sweet Carrot website, the Grandview restaurant is taking a break to allow staffers to recharge. Its catering arm is still accepting orders. Sweet Carrot’s decision comes as restaurants across the country continue to be under enormous strain related to the pandemic and labor shortages.