Food News: The Halal Guys announces Dublin location; Leipzig Haus to close

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

Erin Edwards
Leipzig Haus will close its doors Feb. 5.

Openings & Announcements 

In March, New York City’s iconic restaurant chain The Halal Guys announced a multi-unit franchise deal to open seven locations across Central Ohio. The first location is now under construction in Dublin at 6181 Sawmill Road, sharing the same strip mall as Five Guys, Curry Up Indian Grill and MOD Pizza. A grand opening date has not yet been announced. The Halal Guys was founded in 1990 by Egyptian immigrants. What started out as a food cart serving chicken, gyro and falafel platters has grown into dozens of fast-casual Mediterranean restaurants across the U.S. The Halal Guys is expected to open its 100th location early this year in Pittsburgh. 

Central Ohio is poised to welcome another Mediterranean restaurant brand. Franchisee Pranay Patel plans to open Ohio’s first location of The Hummus & Pita Co., a fast-casual chain founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 2012. According to a press release, the new restaurant will be located at 1777 Hilliard-Rome Road, and a grand opening is planned for April. With locations in New York, Connecticut and Michigan, The Hummus & Pita Co. serves build-your-own pitas, bowls and salads.  

Chef Avishar Barua, Service Bar’s executive chef and a contestant on last season’s “Top Chef,” told Columbus Alive this week that he plans to open a Worthington café named Joya’s in the former Sassafras Bakery space. The Columbus native will remain involved at Service Bar in some capacity, but his focus will be growing his own company, with plans to launch several new ventures in addition to Joya's, described as a “Bengali-American café.” Service Bar (1230 Courtland Ave.), which has been closed for renovations since last June, is expected to reopen sometime this year.  

After closing its Hilliard-area restaurant in 2019 and transitioning to a food trailer, Salateen Grill has once again reopened as a brick-and-mortar restaurant, this time in Crosswoods. The Pakistani restaurant’s new address is 195 E. Campus View Blvd., previously Mirchi Indian Bar & Grill. 

Cocktails are finally being served at Addella’s on Oak (1485 Oak St.). After a protracted effort to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot, the Franklin Park restaurant and bar was able to secure approval for liquor sales in last November’s election. 

The fried chicken sandwich pop-up restaurant Fried Chicka Bang has returned after a long break. Orders can be placed online and picked up at 8461 Sancus Blvd. (Sunny Street Café) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. 

Closings 

Leipzig Haus (2201 E. Livingston Ave.), a Berwick dive bar popular among Capital University students, will shut down for good this week after 38 years. The Zig’s last day of operation will be Saturday, Feb. 5, according to a Facebook post by co-owner Merri Jo Linton. “These past two years have taken their toll on the Zig,” Linton wrote. “As much as COVID has disrupted our business, the unknown of the potential Sheetz development is more than we can overcome.” A Sheetz convenience store has been proposed for 2253 E. Livingston Ave., about 500 feet from the Zig.