Food News: G. Michael’s chef joins Barrel & Boar; North Market adds Moroccan

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

Erin Edwards
Columbus Alive
Chef David Tetzloff in 2016

Openings & Announcements 

Tajine House, a new Moroccan concept from the owners of Park Street Poultry & Game, is now open at the historic North Market (59 Spruce St.). The owners of the new eatery are Alex Daray, Lotfi Khomsi and Mourad Bassou, who purchased Park Street Poultry and Game about a year ago. Their new stall offering fast-casual Moroccan fare is located beside their butcher’s counter and will make use of its fresh poultry in dishes from the owners’ homeland. With couscous serving as the primary base, customers will be able to add veggies and proteins (such as chicken, fish or meatballs) to their tajine dish. (Sometimes spelled tagine, this traditional Moroccan stew is named after the earthenware shaped pot in which it is traditionally cooked.) Other menu items include pastilla, a North African pastry stuffed with meat or seafood, chicken shawarma and mint tea. Bassou says the eatery plans to offer Moroccan paella soon.

At long last, the new concept from the owners of Hoyo’s Kitchen opened this week at North Market Bridge Park (6750 Longshore St.). Hoyo's Sambusas & Juices is a streamlined version of the popular fast-casual eatery in the historic Spruce Street market, with a focus on fresh juices and the Somali stuffed pastries known as sambusas.

On Monday, Oct. 25, Red Rabbit Ramen will debut at Budd Dairy Food Hall’s incubator space, The Hatch (1086 N. Fourth St.). In fall 2020, married couple Mike and Terry Ramsey began slinging Red Rabbit’s ramen soups from a local ghost kitchen. That location has since closed, but the ramen shop will pop up inside Budd Dairy through Nov. 21. You can read more about some of Columbus’ best ramen shops here.

The Trolley District’s East Market announced the addition of Winston’s Coffee & Waffles, a food truck parked on Indianola Avenue. According to a Facebook post by East Market, Winston’s will be the market’s “exclusive breakfast vendor.” In other East Market news, the bakery Fourteen Twenty Nine says it will not be joining the market as previously announced, according to a post on social media

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is back with its Cone Coins in time for Halloween. An alternative to traditional Halloween treats, the redeemable tokens are good for one kid’s cone at Jeni’s scoop shops (for children 12 and under). Cone Coins are available now through Oct. 31 at any Jeni's local scoop shops or via local delivery online. Coins may be redeemed through the end of 2024.

Pre-ordering is now available for BrewDog’s advent calendar. The creative Christmas calendar includes 24 liquid “ornaments,” including eight exclusive brews. Orders will be shipped in mid-November.

A new Chick-fil-A location is set to open today, Oct. 21, at 6105 Parkcenter Circle, near Tuttle Crossing.

Chef Moves 

One of this city’s most accomplished chefs, David Tetzloff, has landed a new gig following the surprise closure of his restaurant, G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar, last month. The restaurant group Elevate Restaurants announced today that Tetzloff is joining the company as Market Chef, overseeing the Barrel & Boar BBQ Gastropubs, Barrel & Boar BBQ Factory and Barrel & Boar North Market. “Chef Tetzloff was someone I always wanted to work with but was out of reach with the success of his own restaurant,” said Stan Riley, managing partner of Elevate Restaurants and Barrel & Boar BBQ Gastropubs, in a press release. “When I heard the sad news about the closing of G. Michaels, I opened that dialog and was excited to hear he was interested in joining our team.” Tetzloff’s low-country style of cooking fits well with the Southern fare found at Barrel & Boar, which has four gastropubs in Central Ohio. Will the chef's famous shrimp and grits from G. Michael’s return? Stay tuned.