Food News: Chapman’s earns national recognition; Sweet Carrot shutters restaurant

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

Erin Edwards
Chef-owner BJ Lieberman at his German Village restaurant, Chapman's Eat Market

Openings & Announcements

This week, Chapman’s Eat Market (739 S. Third St.) was lauded by The New York Times as one of America’s “50 most vibrant and delicious restaurants in 2021.” It’s a huge recognition for such a young restaurant (and crashed its website this week). Chapman’s, which chef BJ Lieberman opened in August 2020, was the only Ohio restaurant on the list. Chapman’s was named one of Columbus Monthly’s Best New Restaurants earlier this year. 

After nearly 30 years on North High street, Café Napolitana Pizzeria & Bar is rebranding and relocating — though not far away. The Downtown pizzeria is moving around the corner to 51 E. Gay St., replacing the short-lived Uptown 51. (The timeline for the move is still under wraps.) Its new name is Aracri on Gay, named for owners Palmo Aracri and Deanne Aracri, who first opened their Downtown pizzeria at 20 N. High St. in 1992. In 2000, the couple relocated the restaurant to 40 N. High St. In recent years, the couple added a second location: Aracri Pizzeria in the Gateway University District.  

The Trolley District’s East Market (212 Kelton Ave.) has added another food vendor to its lineup: Taste of Greece & Moroccan Food Truck. The food truck and caterer serves gyros as well as Moroccan street food eats such as couscous with beef, a Moroccan burger and kebabs. The East Market is expected to open later this year. Previously announced vendors include The Butcher & Grocer, Creole 2 Geaux, Kosō, Macho Taco, Pitabilities, Trolley Barn Chicken and Yellow Brick Pizza. 

Temporary Closings

Luck Bros’ Coffee owner Andy Luck is hitting pause on his Grandview coffee shop, located at 1101 W. First Ave. In a statement on the business’ website, he wrote: "Due to staff shortage and family health needs, we have put retail operations on hold. We are shipping coffee orders, subscriptions and offering wholesale delivery. Thank you for your understanding and support.” 


This week, Angela Petro’s comfort food eatery Sweet Carrot shuttered its last remaining location, 1417 W. Fifth Ave. in Grandview. “Without a clear end to the challenges of the pandemic and its aftermath, I’ve decided that Sweet Carrot will close for dining and focus solely on catering for now,” Petro wrote on Facebook.