The Scoop: J Hot Fish lands a permanent home; G.D. Ritzy's making a comeback

Erin Edwards
J Hot Fish reopens this summer at 1393 Cleveland Ave.

J Hot Fish, which got its start at the Columbus Food Hub in Olde Towne East, has secured a permanent home at 1393 Cleveland Ave., once occupied by Linden Café. The soul food restaurant specializing in fried seafood will expand its menu and add breakfast/brunch. The owners plan to reopen within the next 30 days.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch will open its new 25,000-square-foot building on June 22. The revamped library at 1423 N. High St. includes a café run by Freedom a la Cart, a local nonprofit working to provide services, life skills education and workforce training to survivors of human trafficking.

G.D. Ritzy’s, the popular burger and ice cream spot that closed in 1991, is staging a comeback in Central Ohio. Founder Graydon Webb announced plans to open Ritzy’s by late fall at 4615 N. High St. in Clintonville. 

Texas-based chain Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has landed a prime spot at the corner of North High and Spruce streets. The fast-casual restaurant serving Baja-style tacos and all-day breakfast will open this fall at 479 N. High St., formerly home to Japanese Steak House.

Stack’d is now serving the Downtown crowd at 88 E. Broad St. In addition to house specialties, the build-it-your-way menu includes pizzas, sandwiches, salads, pastas and smoothies.

After 20 years in operation, North Market Poultry & Game closed on June 3. A new poultry vendor will fill the same space in the market, and a replacement will be announced soon.

There has been an ownership change at Zauber Brewing Co. (909 W. Fifth Ave.) and the brewery will undergo a rebrand this summer. In related news, Explorer’s Club is no longer operating in the Zauber Kitchen, but the food truck remains active. A rotating cast of food trucks, such as Explorer's Club, Hai Poke and Aromaku, will serve the brewery.

The Clintonville Wine Bistro at 4416 N. High St. closed in late May. Three other locations in Westerville, Worthington and Upper Arlington remain open.


Ohio Wine Festival

WHEN: July 7 (6-10 p.m. with 5 p.m. early entry for VIPs); July 8 (2-10 p.m.); July 9 (noon-5 p.m.)

WHO: North Market

WHAT: The North Market’s annual festival is one of Ohio’s premier wine events. Visitors will have a chance to sample offerings from 20 Ohio wineries over three days.

WHERE: North Market, 59 Spruce St., Arena District

TICKETS: $25 single-day in advance; $30 single-day at the door; $40 VIP three-day pass; visit to purchase tickets