Food News: Celebrity chef bringing Bar Cicchetti to the Westin; Goodwood Brewing opens

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

Erin Edwards
The Westin Great Southern Columbus hotel

Openings & Announcements 

Columbus’ oldest hotel is getting a big restaurant makeover. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Fabio Viviani will soon open Bar Cicchetti inside the Westin Great Southern Columbus (310 S. High St.). The restaurant’s name is a nod to shareable plates in Venice, Italy, known as “cicchetti.” The restaurant is currently hiring for all positions, according to a post on the restaurant’s Instagram account. Viviani is a two-time “Top Chef” contestant who owns multiple restaurant concepts across the U.S. Earlier this year, Viviani opened a New York City location of Bar Cicchetti inside the Motto Chelsea hotel. 

Goodwood Brewing and Spirits, a Louisville-based brewery and restaurant, makes its debut today at 401 N. Front St. in the Arena District. The brewery fills the space left vacant by Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, which shut down in early March 2020. The brewpub menu includes Bavarian pretzels, burgers, chicken and waffles and bourbon-brined pork chops, as well as weekend brunch. 

Columbus chef and cookbook author Tricia Wheeler is planning a pierogi cooking class to benefit Ukraine on Monday, March 21. Wheeler is inviting cooks across the U.S. to take part in the Zoom class, which will kick off at 6 p.m. Reservations and opportunities to donate can be found at  

Yoshi, a new Campus-area hibachi and sushi spot, opened recently at 1502 N. High St. The casual restaurant also offers yogurt drinks, teas and smoothies. 

An immersive “Peter Pan”-themed cocktail experience is landing in Columbus next month. The pop-up cocktail bar, dubbed Neverland, will take place April 28 through June 10 at Harrison’s on Kenny, 4510 Kenny Road. You can find more information here

This month, Columbus Monthly and Columbus Food Adventures are partnering together to offer a two-week surprise dining experience: Best New Restaurants at Home. This at-home experience is an edible introduction to the city’s most exciting dining newcomers. Each night introduces diners to a different restaurant, and diners have the option to add-on a surprise wine pairing from Accent by Veritas. Purchase tickets here