Food News: Emmett’s opens at Open Air this week; Rumours bar coming to Parsons

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

Erin Edwards
An artist's rendering of Emmett's Cafe, located inside the Open Air building at 2571 Neil Ave.

Openings & Announcements 

The second location of Emmett's Café opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 29, in the Open Air building at 2571 Neil Ave. Emmett’s original café, located at 744 S. High St. in the Brewery District, opened in fall 2020. The Old North location of Emmett’s will offer espresso and tea drinks, juices, smoothies, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, bowls and salads. The café space, which sits along the Olentangy Trail, will accommodate 49 guests indoors and more on the large outdoor patio. It also features a walk-up window for to-go orders. Emmett’s joins two other tenants in the Open Air development: Understory from Wolf’s Ridge, whose lounge opened Friday, and The Butcher Shop fitness studio. 

A new neighborhood bar named Rumours is ready to open this week at 1071 Parsons Ave., formerly Daddy’s. The Merion Village bar is owned by two veterans of Slammers in Downtown Columbus, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Rumours’ grand opening will take place 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28. 

We finally have a name for the business that is replacing Indochine Café (561 S. Hamilton Road) in Whitehall. The family run restaurant has been renovated and will be replaced by Racha Tea Boba and Desserts, serving bubble tea and Vietnamese desserts as well as savory items like spring rolls and banh mi. The same family owns the new bubble tea shop, but Indochine’s popular pho and stir-fries will not be part of the new menu.  

Downtown Delaware is getting two new restaurants from the same owner, the Delaware Gazette reports. This month, Delaware native TD Rider opened Queso Fuego at 12 W. William St. It replaces the popular Tex-Mex eatery 12 West, which shuttered amid the pandemic. Next door at 14 W. William St., Rider plans to open a seafood-centric restaurant named Kelly's Island Kitchen. That business replaces Smohked Ohio BBQ & Bar. 

Chef Moves

Former Lindey’s executive chef Max Avon is the new executive chef of 101 Beer Kitchen in Westerville (817 Polaris Pkwy.). Meanwhile, Lindey’s (169 E. Beck St.) has hired chef Elliot Cunniff to serve as its culinary director. Cunniff is a native of upstate New York and has worked for chef Daniel Boulud in both Daniel and DB Bistro restaurants. 


In case you missed it, last week the owners of Boxwood Biscuit Co. (19 W. Russell St.) announced they would be closing the biscuit and fried chicken eatery for good. Its last day of business will be Sunday, Jan. 30. Read more here.