Food News: Neighbor’s Deli to close in May; Weenie Wonder ready for Bridge Park debut

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

Erin Edwards
Jon Snyder, the owner of Neighbor's Deli on Henderson Road

Openings & Announcements 

Rise Brands’ newest venture, a hot dog joint named Weenie Wonder, is planning a grand opening on Thursday, Feb. 24, in Bridge Park. The new eatery is located at 6558 Riverside Dr. between two sibling businesses: Pins Mechanical Co. and 16 Bit Bar + Arcade. Weenie Wonder will offer a full line-up of all-beef hot dogs (as well as vegan dogs), jojos, tater tots and milkshakes. A second Weenie Wonder is in the works at Easton Town Center. 

The Arena District will have a new destination for craft beer when Goodwood Brewing and Spirits opens on March 14. The Louisville, Kentucky-based brewery and restaurant will fill the space at 401 N. Front St. in the Arena District, which was left vacant by Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant when it shut down abruptly in early March 2020. In addition to its lineup of craft beers, Goodwood will focus on brown spirits including its own bourbon. The 14,000-square-foot space will feature a full kitchen, two event rooms, multiple TVs and a patio. Menu items include Bavarian pretzels, burgers, chicken and waffles, bourbon-brined pork chops and more, with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays.  

The Lebanese restaurant chain Aladdin’s announced that it's adding a fifth Greater Columbus location. The new restaurant will be located in the Hamilton Quarter development at 6284 E. Dublin-Granville Road near New Albany. The restaurant is expected to open this spring. 

While Sushi Ten (1159 Old Henderson Road) is undergoing renovations, the sushi carry-out has relocated next door. Until further notice, you can find the Sushi Ten counter at the back of Tensuke Market in Kenny Centre. 

The local developer Casto presented to the Harrison West Society last night, outlining its plans to redevelop the Thurber Village shopping center on Neil Avenue. The site was previously home to Giant Eagle, which closed in 2017, and the strip mall still includes Boston Stoker coffee shop, CVS and Great Clips. Another tenant, Oodles Noodle & Dumpling Bar, shut down recently. The proposal includes a five-story apartment building and two commercial buildings, which would sit along Neil. CVS would fill one of the buildings and the other would include nearly 21,000 square feet of leasable retail space. 

Closings 

Neighbor’s Deli (2142 W. Henderson Road), a popular spot known for its overflowing deli sandwiches, is set to close on Saturday, May 21. The decision was confirmed this week by owner Jon Snyder, who was featured in Columbus Monthly’s Best Sandwiches issue last year. Demand is not the problem. The deli has been busier than ever amid the pandemic, but Snyder is just “physically overpowered,” he said. The deli has been understaffed for months and has struggled with rising food costs. Snyder first opened the deli with his uncle back in 2009.