Food News: Xi Xia Western Chinese Cuisine has new owners; Arezu bids adieu

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

Erin Edwards
Luzhou Sha plays guitar at his restaurant, Xi Xia Western Chinese Cuisine

Openings & Announcements 

One of 2019’s best restaurant openings, Xi Xia Western Chinese Cuisine (1140 Kenny Centre Mall), is now under new ownership. According to founder Luzhou Sha, Xi Xia’s new owners will eventually make changes to the menu. Columbus Monthly spoke to Sha last year about the challenges his young restaurant faced during the first year of the pandemic, including the high fees charged by food delivery platforms. 

Chef Catie Randazzo has officially taken the reins at Franklinton’s Strongwater Food & Spirits (401 W. Town St.) along with sous chef Gareth Fullerton. Alive caught up with the former Ambrose & Eve chef in October.

Columbus is getting a Crave Hot Dogs & Barbecue franchise, according to the company’s website. The new location, Crave’s first in Ohio, will be run by franchisees Raymond DeWeese and his sons, Taylor and Elijah. Crave specializes in loaded hot dogs, smoked brisket sandwiches and more. Other Crave locations feature self-pour “beer walls” with a variety of craft beers on tap and ax throwing lanes for entertainment.

Temporary Closings 

Momo Ghar announced on Facebook that its Dublin restaurant (2800 Festival Lane) will be closed through January or until further notice. The full-scale Nepalese/Tibetan restaurant opened last year. Momo Ghar’s North Market location (59 Spruce St.) remains open.

The Sycamore (262 E. Sycamore St.) will remain closed until Jan. 6 because of a COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Market Italian Village (1022 Summit St.) has closed temporarily out of caution as COVID-19 cases surge. It plans to reopen Jan. 7. 

Delaware-based restaurant Speck (15 E. Winter St.) is giving its staff a break and will reopen Jan. 12. 

Closings 

The family behind the Persian food pop-up Arezuprofiled here, announced on social media that it’s shutting down the fledgling business for the foreseeable future. The pop-up has operated inside Double Happiness in the Brewery District for several months. The post stated: “We recognize it is a bit too much as a family operation at this time. We’ve grown a lot and learned from our experiences and hope to come back in some form.”