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Food News: Bake Me Happy is relocating; Mr. Hummus adding Grandview pizza shop

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

Erin Edwards
Bake Me Happy co-owners Letha Pugh, left, and Wendy Miller Pugh at their Merion Village bakery/cafe.

Openings & Announcements 

Bake Me Happy plans to relocate from its Moler Street storefront to the former Schumacher Place post office building at 500 Parsons Ave., according to the Columbus Dispatch. Owners Letha Pugh and Wendy Miller Pugh told the Dispatch that they’ve been looking to purchase their own building for some time. According to the report, the gluten-free bakery/café is expected to remain open at 106 E. Moler St. until July, with a reopening planned by August. Pugh and Miller Pugh were named Columbus Monthly Tastemakers in 2017 and expanded their Merion Village bakery into a coffee shop that same year. In early 2021, the duo added a Bake Me Happy stall at North Market Bridge Park.   

The owner of Mr. Hummus Grill is opening a “Lebanese pizza” shop in Grandview, specializing in the flatbread known as manousheh. The grand opening of Mr. Hummus Grill & Pizza will take place Friday, Feb. 4, at 1333 Northwest Blvd., previously Tamo’s Pizzeria. Owner Tarek Albast also plans to open a third restaurant on Fourth Street in Italian Village.  

In case you missed it, a BBC documentary called “The Truth About BrewDog” accuses BrewDog CEO James Watt of “inappropriate behavior” and raises questions about the Scottish brewery’s marketing practices. The report includes interviews with more than a dozen former and current BrewDog USA employees. The brewery’s U.S. operations are based in Canal Winchester. Columbus Alive offers more context here, and you can watch the full BBC report here.  

Bailey’s Drive Inn Donuts is set to join Budd Dairy Food Hall’s diverse lineup starting Tuesday, Feb. 1. Bailey’s will be operating out of Sugar, one of Budd Dairy’s rotating kitchens at 1086 N. Fourth St. The menu includes a variety of doughnut holes and doughnut sundaes. 

Scooter’s Coffee, a Nebraska-based drive-thru coffeehouse, is expanding into Central Ohio with four locations. According to a press release, franchisees Zach and Jayna Jansen plan to open Scooter’s Coffee locations in Delaware, Dublin, Marysville and Westerville. Scooter’s Coffee was founded in Bellevue, Nebraska in 1998 and now has more than 400 stores operating across 23 states. 

After a bumpy start, Hashi (128 E. Broadway) has reopened in Granville after shutting down temporarily. The Japanese and Korean restaurant opened last fall in the heart of downtown Granville and later added an upstairs bar and music venue called Hashi Up.