The Scoop: The Refectory Resumes Dine-In; Philco Space for Lease

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Philco Bar + Diner soon after opening in 2013

Openings & Announcements

The Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop (1092 Bethel Rd.) has resumed dine-in service after surviving for months as a takeout-only restaurant amid the pandemic. The upscale French restaurant is offering a new menu prepared by executive chef Richard Blondin, along with new safety precautions. Dinner hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Make your reservation online at

Punk Pigs, a new eatery promising “grilled cheese and anarchy,” is opening Friday, Oct. 2, at 2515 Summit St., formerly Baba’s. The South of Hudson neighborhood spot is a new creation from Zach James, owner of Paddy Wagon food truck. The punk rock-themed eatery will primarily operate as carryout but will offer some seating. Leading the kitchen are Mason Conway (former executive chef at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse) and former Tatoheads Food Truck owner Dan McCarthy.

Chef BJ Lieberman’s Chapman’s Eat Market (739 S. Third St.) is also now accepting limited dine-in reservations for Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, featuring an eight-course chef’s tasting menu. Visit for reservations or to place an order for carry-out.

The Old Skool kitchen at 2941 N. High St. is up and running once again, with a new chef at the helm. Chef Tamieka Lynn’s 36 Bistro is operating out of the Clintonville spot for dine-in or carry-out, with a rotating menu of hibachi meals, barbecue, pasta and more from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Brunch takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for carry-out orders.

CoreLife Eatery opened its newest Central Ohio location this past weekend at 6195 Sawmill Rd. in Dublin. The chain of active lifestyle restaurants offers a fast-casual menu featuring grain bowls, green salads, soups, bone broth and more. CoreLife has two other locations in Central Ohio, including Polaris and Lennox Town Center.

Troy Stacy’s record shop and craft beer bar Craft & Vinyl (1806 W. Fifth Ave.) celebrates its second anniversary this month. To mark the occasion, the business is launching a new delivery service that brings draft beer and vinyl albums to your doorstep. Each week through the Pour and Play Delivery Service, the pub will announce new beer and vinyl pairings. Visit the Pour and Play website to learn more.

The Columbus-based chain The Old Bag of Nails Pub recently opened a Whitehall location at 4661 E. Broad St. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is the 16th Old Bag of Nails in Ohio.


Philco Bar + Diner (747 N. High St.) appears to be done in the Short North, its pea green booth seating removed and “for lease” signs on the windows. The past year for Philco has been rocky, with the restaurant taking an extended hiatus last summer; it reopened in October 2019, only to be confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Owners Randy and Tina Corbin first opened the modern diner in 2013, and five years later they announced plans to open a second diner in German Village. Those plans have been scrapped.