Food News: The Railhouse and Switch open at East Market food hall in the Trolley District

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

Erin Edwards
The Railhouse bar at East Market in Franklin Park

Openings & Announcements 

The first two vendors, both of them bars, have opened inside the new East Market food hall in the Trolley District mixed-use development. The Railhouse is a tavern-style watering hole on the first floor of the food hall, and on the lower level is a speakeasy-style cocktail bar Switch. The new food hall is located at the corner of Kelton Avenue and Oak Street in the Franklin Park neighborhood. Other tenants that are expected to open soon in East Market include: American Nut Co., The Butcher & Grocer, Creole 2 Geaux, Ohio City Pasta, Taste of Greece, Winston’s Coffee & Waffles and Yellow Brick Pizza, among others.  

Today, Getaway Brewing Co., Seventh Son Brewing Co. and Antiques on High announced a new brewery tour concept called the Getaway Van Experience. The tour, which is designed for up to six guests, kicks off by taking visitors behind-the-scenes at Seventh Son; the tour then travels to Seventh Son’s two sister breweries in a remastered 1985 Dodge camper van. “The Getaway Van Experience is unlike any other brewery tour we’ve seen,” said co-owner Collin Castore in a press release. “Our customers will get a good understanding of our history and the creative and technical process of our brewing. And the van is super sweet — you can’t help but love it. Plus, it’s not only fun, but it’s a safe way for our customers to travel to all three of our locations, which is also very important to us.” Reserve your spot online here

The chef-driven nonprofit Service! Relief for Hospitality Workers is expected to take over the cafeteria at the Franklin County courts building in Downtown Columbus, according to reporting by The Columbus Dispatch. Service industry veterans Sangeeta Lakhani, Letha Pugh and Matthew Heaggans are behind the social enterprise, which is expected to open in March. 

The music venue and bar Double Happiness (482 S. Front St.) suffered a burst waterpipe, causing the venue to cancel its upcoming shows until further notice. Double Happiness is also home to the vegan Persian food pop-up Arezu. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help the bar’s owner, Yalan Papillons, make repairs. 

Franklinton’s Land-Grant Brewing Co. (424 W. Town St.) has winterized its large beer garden, adding igloos and even an ice rink where customers can try their hand at the great sport of curling.  

A 9,000-square-foot ghost-kitchen concept is moving forward at the long-vacant Clintonville Outfitters site (2864 N. High St.) in Clintonville. The Columbus Dispatch has more details

According to a post on La Poblanita’s Instagram account, the family run taco truck plans to return to operation in March. La Poblanita’s trailer was stolen this month and stripped of its equipment.