The Scoop: Veritas reopens, Huong closes temporarily

Erin Edwards
Veritas chef/owner Josh Dalton inside the Citizens Building, which houses his upscale restaurant on the bottom floor and a large bar on the main floor

Central Ohio’s reigning No. 1 restaurant reopens today in the heart of Downtown. Veritas, which closed its Delaware location this fall, is located in the Citizens Building at 11 W. Gay St. Chef-owner Josh Dalton has partnered on the project with the Edwards Companies, which offered to build Dalton his “dream kitchen” on the bottom floor of the old bank building. The glass-encased kitchen is the focal point of the 2,700-square-foot New American restaurant, which also features two bars (one located in a grand space upstairs), a private dining room and a chef’s table for two. The restaurant is currently accepting limited dinner reservations, and Dalton plans to add lunch service at a later date.

Huong Vietnamese Restaurant at 1270 Morse Road has closed temporarily. A message posted to its Facebook page on Wednesday said the chef had suffered a “serious injury” in an accident. An update from the restaurant said the chef is recovering, but Huong will remain closed until further notice.

Columbus Business First reported this week that DeNovo on the Park (150 S. High St.) will be closing its doors on Jan. 31. Owner Yavonne Sarber moved DeNovo last fall from its original location across High Street to its current spot, a much larger space overlooking Columbus Commons. Sarber also operates the sports bar Olivers in Lynn Alley.

Fortune Chinese Restaurant, which gained a loyal following for its authentic Sichuan fare, closed at 2869 Olentangy River Road this week to make way for the redevelopment of University City Center. (Dessert Bowl, El Jalapeño Mexican Grill and Kroger, all located in the same strip mall, have also closed.) A second Fortune Chinese location remains open at 3635 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

Condado Tacos is coming to Polaris. Owner Joe Khan plans to open the new taqueria, his fifth in Columbus, at 8958 Lyra Drive next summer.

What the Waffle, known for its Belgian waffle sandwiches, is relocating. After getting its start in Olde Towne East’s Columbus Food Hub, the breakfast specialist is expected to reopen this winter at 695 E. Long St. in the King-Lincoln District.

The Woodbury, an all-day breakfast and traditional diner concept, is coming to 223 E. Town St. this spring. The new eatery was recently announced by Olde Towne Partners, the group that runs The Corner Stone Craft Beer & Wine, Olde Towne Tavern and Pecan Penny’s, a barbecue spot opening soon at 113 E. Main St.

Third Way Café opened recently at 3058 W. Broad St. on the West Side. The coffee shop, bookstore and community center operates under a membership model.

Red Pepper Caribbean Bar & Grill, a full-service sister restaurant to the carryout of the same name, is now open at 1748 E. Dublin-Granville Road. The Northland-area restaurant serves island fare such as jerk chicken, curry goat and grilled red snapper.

Legacy Smokehouse, a Central Texas-style barbecue truck, is now open Fri.-Sun. at 1102 S. High St. in Merion Village.

The Olde Oak, a Southwest-inspired restaurant and bar, opened recently at 62 Parsons Ave. in Olde Towne East.

Everest Cuisine opened this month at 652 High St. in Worthington (formerly home to A Taste of Vietnam and Rivage Atlantique). The restaurant’s menu spans the Himalayas with dishes from India, Nepal and Tibet.