Food News: Kyushu Ramen Bar opens in Grandview area; Hen Quarter closes permanently

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

Erin Edwards
Kyushu Ramen Bar officially opens April 1 in Fifth by Northwest.

Openings & Announcements

Kyushu, a long-awaited ramen bar, is now in its soft-opening phase at 1280 W. Fifth Ave. in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood. The restaurant serves a variety of ramen bowls, such as tonkotsu and shio, as well as starters like pot stickers and takoyaki (aka "octopus balls”). The grand opening will take place Friday, April 1, according to a post on Instagram. Kyushu’s owner, Leon Zhu, is also behind the noodle shop Yu Nan Crossing Bridge Noodle on Bethel Road.  

There’s a new bagel shop coming to the Campus area. Cleveland-based Cocky’s Bagel Sandwiches recently announced plans to open its first Columbus outpost next year. The bagel shop will fill the space at 1482 N. High St. Cocky’s menu features breakfast handhelds, as well as lunchtime sandwiches such as a BLTs, Philly steak sandwiches and grilled cheeses.  

After a protracted, pandemic-related hiatus, Stauf’s Coffee announced plans to reopen its Discovery District coffee shop at 350 Mount Vernon Ave. The coffee shop, which is located next to Columbus State, will resume operations Monday, March 28, at 7 a.m. 

The North Market Bridge Park location of Hoyo’s Kitchen (6750 Longshore St.) is now serving the full menu found at its popular North Market Downtown stall. Upon opening last fall, the Bridge Park location of Hoyo’s tried out a new concept hyper-focused on fresh juices and sambusas. Now, you can find those offerings, as well as Somali entrees such as chicken suqaar and hilib ari (goat stew). 

New Jersey-based Bubbakoo’s Burritos opens Thursday at 6048 Sawmill Road in Dublin, the fast-casual chain’s third location in Ohio and 68th store overall. Founded in 2008 by two Johnny Rockets veterans, the burrito shop offers build-your own burritos, tacos, nachos and bowls. In addition to standard proteins like grilled chicken and ground beef, Bubbakoo’s fusion-y menu offers hibachi steak and shrimp and crispy Buffalo chicken as options. The restaurant’s signature creation, the “Chiwawa,” is a (checks notes) panko-crusted fried rice ball smothered with nacho cheese and other toppings.  

Galena-based Sticky Fingers Ice Creamannounced this week that it plans to open a second location, this one at 3967 Main St. in Kilbourne, Ohio, in Delaware County. 

Events 

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar (50 W. Broad St., inside LeVeque Tower) is planning an Easter Sunday dinner, available 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. The family-style menu ($45 for adults) will feature deviled eggs, garlic asparagus, brown sugar-glazed ham, lemon-brined chicken, carrot cake and much more. Reservations are available by visiting thekeepcolumbus.com or by calling 614-745-0322. 

Closings 

Hen Quarter, which abruptly announced an indefinite shutdown in January, is being sued in federal court by former employees over unpaid wages. In an interview with NBC4 about the suit, Hen Quarter owner Ron Jordan, CEO of Jordan Hospitality Group, said the Southern-style restaurant will not reopen. When asked by NBC4 whether Hen Quarter’s employees would eventually be paid, Jordan responded: “I’ve been advised by counsel not to comment about ongoing litigation. We can circle back at some point and talk about this later, once there becomes a clear path for everybody.”