The Scoop: CMA's Schokko Art Café closes temporarily
Columbus Museum of Art’s Schokko Art Café closed on Jan. 21 and will reopen with a new chef and revamped menu in March. Cameron Mitchell Premier Events has operated Schokko since it opened as part of the museum’s renovation in 2015. CMPR is stepping away from the café but will remain one of CMA’s preferred caterers. “This is an evolution of the CMA’s operation of Schokko, allowing the museum to diversify catering options, and we are pleased to continue our partnership,” Cameron Mitchell Restaurants said in an emailed statement. The museum has tapped chef Laura Richmond (most recently of Brio Tuscan Grille and Westies Gastropub) to lead the café and CMA’s catering services.
The Goat’s new Downtown location opens Thursday, Feb. 1, at 219 S. High St. The restaurant and bar is located in the still-under-construction LC RiverSouth high-rise and will serve a similar menu to its four other Central Ohio locations—salads, burgers, wings, wraps and pizzas. The Downtown spot will also include a dedicated coffee shop.
Mozart’s will host its 23rd annual Mozart Festival & Open House from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in honor of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday. The Clintonville bakery and restaurant is located at 4784 N. High St.
Los Potosinos, Lidia Labra’s popular food truck, is moving farther east. The truck is vacating its longtime spot at 791 E. Long St. and will open soon at 1500 E. Long St. across from Ohio State University Hospital East.
Saigon Baguette and Coffee, a small Vietnamese eatery serving pho and banh mi, is now open at 10 Dillmont Drive.
Sideswipe Brewing celebrates its fourth anniversary from 2-11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at its taproom at 2419 Scioto Harper Drive. The event will feature two new OYO bourbon barrel aged beers and a new super pale ale, plus food from Fetty’s Street Food and Schmidt’s Sausage Truck.
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing celebrates the third anniversary of its taproom on Saturday, Jan. 27, with a bottle release party. Two new Wolf’s Ridge brews, Barleywine and BA Barleywine, will make their debut in 22-ounce bottles. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m., and the bottle sale will take place on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11 a.m.
Camelot Cellars is revamping its food offerings at 901 Oak St. The Osteria, a partnership between Camelot and Borgata Pizza Café, will bring Italian fare to the Olde Towne East winery and bar starting Thursday, Feb. 1.
After 15 years, Ted’s Montana Grill will close its Dublin location at 6195 Sawmill Rd. on Sunday, Jan. 28. The restaurant’s Arena District and Easton locations remain open.
Beer of the Month: Actual Brewing Company’s Fat Julian
Style: Imperial Stout
Winter is stout weather—the time for big, roasty, bittersweet beers to keep us warm through the cold months. Actual Brewing’s Fat Julian is a prime example. The brew pours nearly opaque black with a thin, tan head, and it hits all of the typical imperial stout notes: coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. It’s remarkably smooth and hides the booze well. Find it at Actual’s cozy East Side taproom at 655 N. James Road in 750 mL bottles and on tap all around town.—Nicholas Dekker