Food News: Roots Natural Kitchen coming soon to Campus; Walking Distance Brewing opens

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

Erin Edwards
Walking Distance Brewing Co.

Openings & Announcements 

Today, Walking Distance Brewing Co. kicks off its official opening weekend in Uptown Marysville, with a grand opening set for Saturday, Oct. 9. The new Union County brewery and taproom is located in a historic building at 222 E. Eighth St. that's been newly refurbished. Saturday’s dog-friendly event will feature the food trucks Guelaguetza and Mother Truckin' Tasty. 

Roots Natural Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant serving healthful salads and grain bowls, is expected to open the first week of November at 10 E. 15th Ave. in the University Square development at Ohio State. Roots Natural Kitchen was founded in 2015 at the University of Virginia and has since grown to nine locations with two more on the way by the end of the year. Barrio and LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill are also coming soon to University Square. 

Bartender Ben Long is going big on Buckeye Lake. Long's forthcoming bar, Hereinafter Cocktail Tavern, will serve classic cocktails, wine, beer and food at 3430 N. Bank Road NE. The new spot will have an attached music venue dubbed The Crystal Ballroom, an homage to a popular Buckeye Lake dance hall from the early 20th century. In addition, the concept will include a retail wine shop on the second level and an indoor/outdoor tiki bar called Tiki Thereafter located in a building next door. Long, whose YouTube channel is called Ben the Bar Guy, is an industry veteran who recently moved to Ohio from Washington D.C., where he worked at Reliable Tavern and the Shaw Bijou. 

The Columbus Dispatch reported that a long-delayed opening of Chapala Mexican Grill, at 530 N. High St. in Worthington, will take a bit longer. The Mexican restaurant is undergoing renovations and awaiting the results of the Nov. 2 general election where Chapala is on the ballot for a liquor permit. The restaurant is not expected to open until January. Also on the ballot is House Wine (644 High St.), which is trying to add Sunday sales of wine and spirited beverages.