Food & Drink: Nida's Closing on High Street; 58 West Debuts in Logan

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

Erin Edwards
Columbus Monthly
Nam Prik Oong from Nida's Thai on High.


Nida’s Thai on High announced last week that it will be closing its full-service restaurant at 976 N. High St. after 14 years in business. Its last day will be Saturday, Dec. 17. According to a post on its social media accounts, Nida’s will keep its stall at the historic North Market. “Fourteen years have passed, and we are grateful beyond words for the recognition and support we have received. The outcome has exceeded our hopes and expectations. It is extremely difficult to call it quits, but Thai food is not easy to make and make well,” the post stated. “Given the challenges, especially at a time when staffing is awfully hard to maintain, the moment has arrived for this chapter in our lives to end. We do not want to fall short of what our guests deserve and have come to expect by being unable to live up to our vision.” 

Citing a decline in sales, the Dry Mill, the city’s first “sober bar” serving all nonalcoholic drinks, has shut down permanently after seven months in business. The Downtown bar, located at 79 S. Fourth St., announced the decision Sunday on social media. “We cannot continue to operate the business based on the current levels of customers we are receiving. As owners of the business, we take full responsibility and have to make the difficult decision to close,” owners David Payne and Colin Thomas wrote in a post. “Our purpose was to help those who are sober or didn’t want to be around alcohol and give them an environment where they felt safe. Meeting each of you and learning your stories is the reason we opened the Dry Mill.” 

CoreLife Eatery, a national chain focused on healthful grain and salad bowls, has permanently shut its doors at 1791 Olentangy River Road. The Lennox Town Center storefront was CoreLife’s last remaining location in Central Ohio. 

Openings & Announcements 

The Hocking Hills region is preparing to welcome a new restaurant from the folks behind Hocking Hills Winery. 58 Westwill combine arestaurant, winery, brewery and distillery under one roof at 58 W. Second St. in historic downtown Logan. The restaurant's grand opening will take place Dec. 9, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. followed by dinner service starting at 4 p.m. Leading the kitchen will be chef Aaron Mercier, formerly of Watershed Kitchen & Bar and his own Rooks Tavern.   

Owner Ivan Ruiz plans to open Masa Mexican Grill in East Market (212 Kelton Ave.) this month, according to the eatery’s website. Masa’s focus is handmade corn tortillas, with a menu of tacos, quesa birria tacos, quesadillas and more. 

Cali Tacos is now open daily for lunch and dinner at 1111 Hill Road N in Pickerington. The Mexican restaurant, which replaces Hot Head Burritos, offers street tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, fajitas and more. 

Holiday Gift Ideas

North Country Charcuterie has put together a variety of charcuterie kits and collections that gift-givers can ship nationwide. North Country’s “Only the Best” kit features its Herbed Wagyu Bresaola, a 2022 Good Food Awards winner, with sheep’s milk cheese from Kokoborrego Cheese Co. and extra virgin olive oil from the Green Olive Co. Another option is the Festive Favorites Collection, with four of North Country's cured meats, artisanal cheese, honey and cashews. Get your orders in by Sunday, Dec. 11, if you want to meet the Christmas deadline. 

Columbus Food Adventures has put together a pair of carefully curated gift boxes stuffed with artisan food products such as local cheeses, honey, crackers, preserves, charcuterie, coffee and more. Boxes will ship by Dec. 16. Place your order at