Food News: Three Bites Bakery announces opening date; Arepazo closes in Gahanna

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

Erin Edwards
Baker Isabella Bonello in her home kitchen, where she first launched Three Bites Bakery in 2020.

Openings & Announcements

Three Bites Bakery, a new brick-and-mortar bakery in King-Lincoln Bronzeville, will hold its grand opening on Saturday, March 12, says owner Isabella Bonello. This is the first permanent retail space for Bonello, a professional baker who launched Three Bites in 2019 as a side business from her home kitchen. In August 2020, after being laid off from her corporate baking job at L Brands, Three Bites became Bonello's full-time focus. Bonello’s baking draws on her Filipino and Italian heritage, with the new retail bakery offering a wide range of pastries, cookies and cakes as well as grab-and-go sandwiches. In addition, Bonello plans to sell coffee from Upper Cup Coffee Co., teas from Jardín Secreto, plants from The Plant Gays and fresh flowers from the Bloom Boutique. Three Bites is located at 999 Mount Vernon Ave. Its hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Sotto Terra, a new speakeasy and cabaret club, held its soft opening on Friday. The bar is located in the basement of the Sanctuary on Neil (610 Neil Ave.), a historic church in Victorian Village that has been renovated and turned into an event venue. The new bar will host a variety of events, including trivia, karaoke, open mic nights, drag shows and more.

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace is now open inside Hollywood Casino (200 Georgesville Road) on the West Side. The hot dog joint joins Mikey’s Late Night Slice, another well-known local restaurant brand, which opened inside the casino in May.

Closings

The owners of the Venezuelan/Colombian restaurant Arepazo Tapas & Wine will not be renewing their lease at 93 N. High St. in downtown Gahanna, ending a 10-year run. Its last day of operation will be Thursday, Feb. 24. Arepazo’s Brewery District location remains open at 515 S. High St.  

The Lennox Town Center location of Champps Kitchen + Bar (1827 Olentangy River Road) has closed permanently, according to a sign posted on the door. The location has also been removed from the Champps website. The sports bar chain filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and 2016. There are only three locations still in operation in the U.S.; none of them are in Ohio.