Food News: Kittie’s Cakes under new ownership; Take Me Tacos launches locally

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

Erin Edwards
A selection of Kittie's cupcakes.

Openings & Announcements 

Kittie’s Cakes’ two locations are now under new ownership. The new operators, Steve and Diane Herman, made the announcement this week on Facebook: “We are so excited to announce that we are the proud new owners of Kittie’s Cakes in Bexley and German Village! We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the residents and visitors of these fantastic communities. Stop by and say hello to us and our wonderful team of bakers and baristas!” Known for its cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, biscuits and Stumptown Coffee, Kittie’s was founded in 2011 by Kelly and Mollie Fankhauser, who opened the bakery at 495 S. Third St in German Village. The pair then sold the business, which had added a Bexley shop by then, to Angela Petro’s catering business, Together & Co. 

Shannon Bowman, a Columbus caterer who founded Bentos, is launching Take Me Tacos, a build-your-own taco/taco bowl concept. Customers can have individual meals, family packs (serving four to five) or party packs (serving nine to 10) delivered straight to their home or office door. “People want food delivered. But not all food is good by the time it gets to people, because it was meant to be delivered to a table 10 steps away, not a house 10 miles away,” Bowman said in a press release. “This concept is built specifically to bring fresh food right to your door that is still delicious upon arrival.” Take Me Tacos, which offers delivery and pickup starting today, is operating out of the Bentos headquarters at 1520 N. Cassady Ave. on the East Side. 

Honey Cup Coffee Co. is now serving coffee drinks daily out of Rambling House (310 E. Hudson St.) in the Old North. Honey Cup’s hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

A new nightlife destination is coming soon to Downtown Columbus. Noir Lounge is expected to open in July at 15 W. Cherry St. 


DeArini’s Tavern & Grill (1942 W. Henderson Road) has closed after more than 50 years. The new owner, Ben Skinner, plans to open a bar called Kelley’s this week in its place. Ridiculous Eatz, which currently serves Southern fare from the Essex Avenue ghost kitchen, is set to operate out of the Kelley’s kitchen. 

As previously reported, Neighbor’s Deli (2142 W. Henderson Road) is expected to close for good on Saturday, May 21. 

The Sauce Boiling Seafood Express, which opened last October, has already shut down at 109 N. Hamilton St. in Gahanna.