Food News: Wildflower Café to close; Dave Chappelle eatery coming to Yellow Springs

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

Erin Edwards
Chorizo Benedict from Clintonville's Wildflower Cafe, which is set to close on Sept. 26 after 22 years.

Openings & Announcements

Comedian Dave Chappelle is one step closer to opening a comedy club and restaurant in the heart of Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he resides. The village planning commission unanimously approved Chappelle’s proposal this week, making way for construction to begin. (You can see Chappelle’s presentation to the committee on YouTube.) According to the proposal, the restaurant will be named Firehouse Eatery and the comedy club Live from YS. The venue will fill the former Miami Township Fire Station at 225 Corry St., which sits along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. The Dayton Daily News has more details here.

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The late-night cookie company Insomnia Cookies is opening its second retail location in Central Ohio this weekend. The new bakery replaces C.Krueger's Finest Baked Goods at 749 N. High St. For the uninitiated, Insomnia was founded in a University of Pennsylvania dorm room in 2003. Its specialty is delivering still-warm cookies in the wee hours, especially around college campuses. The new storefront and bakery will have cookies available daily for pickup and will deliver to Downtown, German Village, Franklinton and other surrounding neighborhoods. The grand opening takes place Saturday, Sept. 25, from noon until 1 a.m.

Four Entertainment Group (4EG), the company behind The Beeline at Easton (3989 Merchants Row), is doubling down on Central Ohio, with plans to open an even larger cocktail bar at Bridge Park, according to a press release. Named The Roosevelt Room after Theodore Roosevelt, the upscale bar will feature 2,500 square feet of table and bar seating as well as a large outdoor patio. The Roosevelt Room will be located at 6544 Longshore St., with a target opening date of April 2022. The Roosevelt Room has another location in Liberty Center, outside Cincinnati.

Zorba’s Diner opened recently in Broadmoor Centre on the East Side. The Albanian-owned eatery, which fills the space left vacant by Block’s Bagels at 3415 E. Broad St., serves diner classics such as omelets, pancakes, burgers and Coney dogs.


Open since 1999, McCarthy’s Wildflower Café & Catering announced Tuesday that it is shutting down for good. The homestyle restaurant's last day will be Sunday, Sept. 26, offering one last chance to visit for brunch. In a post on Instagram, Wildflower Café explained the decision: “It has been an impossibly difficult decision to make. Even with the incredible support of the community, the last few years have been deeply challenging not only financially and logistically, but also emotionally. We are simply exhausted. Thank you to everyone who supported us over the past 22 years, and to our beautiful neighborhood of Clintonville for making us feel so welcomed and loved. We are so proud to have served you.”

Plain City’s Sazón Latin American Food has decided to shutter both its brick-and-mortar location and its food trucks. The trucks will continue operating until Oct 15. In a statement on Facebook, the Latin American eatery cited rising food costs, a lack of food supplies and staffing issues as reasons behind the decision.