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« Reply #1015 on: September 13, 2012, 12:18:29 PM »
Barrio Restaurant Relaunched as Madrid
By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Published on August 20, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Barrio quietly closed their doors around two months ago, and Madrid has just as quietly reopened them last week.  This new restaurant at 185 North High Street in Downtown Columbus has a similar food concept, but new owners, new decor and a few other new twists.
 
“We’ve fully gutted the restaurant and remodeled,” said Madrid owner Dae Oh of the Dae Oh Restaurant Group, which also owns Shoku, Black Olive and Two Fish. ... The upstairs portion of the restaurant has been redubbed “The White Room” and will continue to host events

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« Reply #1016 on: September 13, 2012, 12:24:21 PM »
Convention center Hilton names Sage owner as executive chef



The Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel next to the Greater Columbus Convention Center didn’t have to look far for its culinary leaders.

The under-construction destination Friday announced the hiring of two Columbus restaurant veterans to set the food and drink tables for its Gallerie Bar & Bistro and the hotel as a whole. Michael Mejia is director of food and beverage, and Bill Glover is executive chef.

Full article and more photos below:
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/07/convention-center-hilton-names-sage.html
Some more about the restaurant - Gallerie Bar & Bistro - going into the downtown Hilton Hotel from Columbus Underground:

CU: The Gallerie Bar & Bistro Arriving Downtown in October
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« Reply #1017 on: September 14, 2012, 03:44:26 PM »
Panera eyeing Clarmont site as creditor challenges sale



The former Clarmont restaurant south of downtown Columbus could become a Panera.

The bakery-cafe chain has emerged as one of the bidders interested in the shuttered iconic restaurant at 684 S. High St. But a deal is far from certain because a creditor of the former restaurant is seeking to block its sale.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/09/14/panera-eyeing-clarmont-site-amid.html
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« Reply #1018 on: September 14, 2012, 03:45:25 PM »
Kroger supersizes latest Turkey Hill market to be more like grocery stores



It may take a few more Minits to shop Kroger Co.’s newest convenience store.

The Cincinnati-based grocer and its Turkey Hill Minit Markets division Wednesday opened the first Turkey Hill Market, a larger take on its convenience stores, at 1621 Cobblestone Way in Marysville.

Turkey Hill President Darel Pfeiff in a press release said the new store is envisioned as a contemporary version of the corner grocery.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/09/kroger-supersizes-latest-turkey-hill.html
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« Reply #1019 on: September 17, 2012, 04:30:43 PM »
Rusty Bucket expanding to Easton



Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern isn’t running out of ways to grow.

The Columbus-based chain Monday said its next restaurant will open at Easton Town Center next spring.

“They (Easton) were looking for a great family spot and we fit right into their mold,” said President Gary Callicoat, who founded the business. “It’s good to have some hometown representation there.”

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/09/rusty-bucket-expanding-to-easton.html
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« Reply #1020 on: September 24, 2012, 04:16:01 PM »
Wexner Center’s Heirloom adds beer and wine service, beefs up hours



Heirloom can celebrate its anniversary with a glass of champagne.

The cafe inside the Wexner Center for the Arts over the weekend added beer and wine service and expanded its hours of operation, including regular weekend hours.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/09/24/wexner-centers-heirloom-adds-beer-and.html
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« Reply #1021 on: September 25, 2012, 04:06:58 PM »
From The Metropreneur Columbus:

Lessner dishes on Columbus Food League’s present, future
Business Profiles — By Melanie McIntyre on September 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

A lot has happened since The Metropreneur profiled Elizabeth Lessner a little over two years ago.
 
During that time, her restaurants’ parent company rebranded itself as the Columbus Food League (it was formerly Betty’s Family of Restaurants) and announced plans for three additional eateries: a second Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace in Westgate, the Franklinton Tap Room, and the Grass Skirt Tiki Room, which opens today at 105 N. Grant Ave. in downtown. (more about the Grass Skirt here at Urban Ohio)
 
In our latest interview with Lessner, below, she talks about why Westgate is ideal for Dirty Frank’s, where she’s considering opening establishments (hint: she’s thinking beyond Central Ohio), and what contributes to the CFL’s success.

Read the Interview at http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/lessner-dishes-on-columbus-food-leagues-present-future/
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« Reply #1022 on: September 28, 2012, 04:40:03 PM »
Finally!!!

Thurman Cafe expanding to generate more carry-out business



There is a big development in the world of very large burgers.

The Thurman Cafe, the iconic German Village eatery known for its massive hamburgers, is embarking on an expansion with big implications for diners and the business. Owners Mike Suclescy and Donna DeVol have acquired a 1,200-square-foot space next to the couple’s 183 Thurman Ave. restaurant. The space was home to the Bakery Gingham until it closed this month.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/09/28/thurman-cafe-overflowing-its-boundaries.html
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« Reply #1023 on: September 28, 2012, 04:41:24 PM »
El Arepazo decides time right for expansion, opens Arepazo Tapas & Wine in Gahanna



Carlos Gutierrez thought he knew a lot about running a restaurant – until he owned one.

Opening and running El Arepazo Latin Grill was an eye-opening experience for Gutierrez, who had worked at restaurants including Las Margaritas in Dublin and Giuseppe’s Ritrovo in Bexley.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/09/28/serving-up-hot-spots.html
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« Reply #1024 on: October 02, 2012, 04:19:44 PM »
Moe’s making moves into Columbus to take on Chipotle




Outsiders still see Columbus as fertile ground for burrito sales.

Moe’s Southwest Grill is the latest fast-casual Mexican chain ready to make moves in the area. Raleigh, N.C.-based franchisee Bullard Restaurant Group plans to develop 14 Moe’s in Franklin and Delaware counties, with as many as three opening next year.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/10/moes-making-moves-into-columbus-to.html
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« Reply #1025 on: October 03, 2012, 02:27:58 PM »
Erik Till to Open White Rabbit Restaurant in The Brewery District
By: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground
Published on August 29, 2012 - 8:10 am


Are you ready to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes?  This November, Erik Till wants to lead you on a culinary journey into the underbelly of The Brewery District with his latest restaurant creation: White Rabbit.  He’s converting the former Tommy Keegan’s bar space at 456 South Front Street (across the pedestrian walkway from Double Happiness) into a new gastropub that he hopes will be embraced like his other Columbus project, The Commonwealth Sandwich Bar.

White Rabbit will mark a return for Till to 100-seat dining.  He describes the menu as Modern Midwestern New-American with a focus on familiar flavors, local ingredients and french technique.  He anticipates a small six-to-eight item menu that will change six to eight times per year. ... Located a few steps below sidewalk level, the restaurant space is somewhat cellar-like by nature.  The redesign of White Rabbit will accent existing architectural elements such as an arched brick ceiling and iron columns with new gooseneck sconce lighting, plush diamond-pillow banquets and new woodwork that will soften the cavernous vibe of the existing stonework.

While the Brewery District has been a bit quiet over the past decade, White Rabbit marks the latest business to return to the re-emerging neighborhood, following Shadowbox Live, World of Beer, Via Vecchia and others.

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/erik-till-to-open-white-rabbit-restaurant-in-the-brewery-district
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1026 on: October 03, 2012, 02:52:31 PM »
A trio of restaurant reviews.  The first two are in Columbus.  Hubbard Grille in the Short North neighborhood just north of downtown.  T. Murray's in the Brewery District just south of downtown.

CU Review: Hubbard Grille Happy Hour

CU Review: T. Murray’s Bar and Kitchen



The third is a review of Veritas Tavern located in Delaware, Ohio.  No its not in Columbus, but Delaware is within the Columbus MSA - so its close enough for this thread.  Plus it was reviewed by the very entertaining website - Columbus Food Adventures.  Veritas Tavern is a "molecular gastronomy" restaurant located in downtown Delaware.  Yes really - Delaware, Ohio.  Forty miles north of Columbus.  Molecular gastronomy.

Columbus Food Adventures: Veritas Tavern
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« Reply #1027 on: October 03, 2012, 03:51:10 PM »
Judge approves Panera Bread’s bid to buy former Clarmont restaurant



The Panera Bread Co. bakery-cafe has survived its first legal hurdle to buying the site of the shuttered Clarmont fine-dining restaurant south of downtown.

Franklin Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye approved the bid of the Panera (NASDAQ:PNRA) chain to purchase the property at 684 S. High St. for $1.1 million during a Sept. 27 hearing after also affirming the marketing efforts of receiver Bill Wolfe of Dublin-based CWB Property Management Inc.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/10/03/judge-approves-panera-breads-bid-to.html
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1028 on: October 05, 2012, 02:55:05 PM »
Finally!!!

Thurman Cafe expanding to generate more carry-out business



There is a big development in the world of very large burgers.

The Thurman Cafe, the iconic German Village eatery known for its massive hamburgers, is embarking on an expansion with big implications for diners and the business. Owners Mike Suclescy and Donna DeVol have acquired a 1,200-square-foot space next to the couple’s 183 Thurman Ave. restaurant. The space was home to the Bakery Gingham until it closed this month.

More below:
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/09/28/thurman-cafe-overflowing-its-boundaries.html
While scanning some maps from last week's Business First, I scanned this photo of the Thurman Cafe from that issue.  I always did like the way that streetscape in German Village looked.

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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1029 on: October 18, 2012, 05:37:54 PM »
Menchie’s frozen yogurt opening at Tuttle



Menchie’s frozen yogurt will open its second store in the Dublin area at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Saturday.

Franchisee Sandra Leess, who operates both locations, said the mall is a good fit for the chain, which goes for a fun, interactive environment, catered especially to kids.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/10/18/menchies-frozen-yogurt-opening-at.html
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1030 on: October 18, 2012, 06:23:23 PM »
^^ Aw Thurman's I ate there or had carry out twice a week when I lived around the corner. Good to see they are expanding. I remember first going there when it was just the bar before they expanded into the current waiting area/bathroom.

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« Reply #1031 on: October 19, 2012, 04:44:07 PM »
Hoggy’s clean-up nearly complete as ex-BBQ joints find new users



Hoggy’s Restaurant & Catering is neither gone nor forgotten, and it looks like it may stay that way.

The Columbus-based chain of barbecue restaurants went into receivership in January and its seven eateries were pared down to a single site in Gahanna. Most of the restaurant properties have been sold and are finding new life as other restaurants, but the Gahanna Hoggy’s, the lone operation spared, likely will live on.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/10/19/hoggys-clean-up-nearly-complete-as.html
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« Reply #1032 on: October 24, 2012, 04:17:45 PM »
LaRosa’s Pizzeria looking to make jump to Columbus



Cincinnati institution LaRosa’s Pizzeria is coming to Columbus.

The 58-year fixture on the Cincy dining scene wants to jump into Central Ohio and is starting a push for franchisees. The company is targeting those in the restaurant business, particularly operators in Columbus that may want to diversify their portfolios.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/10/larosas-pizzeria-looking-to-make-jump.html
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« Reply #1033 on: October 25, 2012, 12:32:24 PM »
And Jeff Wyler took over the Chevy dealer in Canal Winchester. This is nuts.

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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1034 on: October 25, 2012, 01:12:52 PM »
 ^ So now you guys got LaRosa's & Jeff Wyler, huh?  Well, that's not so bad--especially for a city that gave us "White Castle."  Call it even, okay?  BTW, White Castle may well be the best thing Columbus ever gave Cincinnati.  (Unless, of course, one gives credit to Kansas City for the origins of that fine-dining establishment.)

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« Reply #1035 on: October 25, 2012, 04:53:55 PM »
^Wichita, actually.  And I think Columbus has given better chains to Cincinnati than White Castle (Wendy's, Donato's, Brio/Bravo).
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« Reply #1036 on: November 02, 2012, 11:34:38 AM »
Campus-area Qdoba opening Friday in La Bamba space
Business First by Dan Eaton, Staff reporter
Date: Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:50pm EDT


Here’s a nice, warm thought for a stormy, chilly week – free burritos from Qdoba Mexican Grill.  The chain has a date for its newest Central Ohio opening at 1956 N. High Street.  The restaurant is set to open this Friday, Nov. 2.
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The campus-area Qdoba is about a block south of Lane Avenue across from Arps Hall and was previously La Bamba Burritos.

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« Reply #1037 on: November 02, 2012, 11:38:20 AM »
Mozart’s owner adding 2nd Clintonville bakery, with restaurant to follow
Business First by Dan Eaton, Staff reporter
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012, 12:17pm EDT


A new home for Mozart’s Bakery & Piano Cafe and the Vienna Ice Café is going to be far more than just a sweets shop.  Anand Saha and his wife, Doris, owners of Mozart’s and Vienna, have acquired the former Cord Camera site at 4784 N. High Street.  Its 11,000 square feet gives Saha plenty of room to play with and he’s got plans for most of it.
 
Phase one will relocate his ice cream shop from 2899 N. High St. and open a second Mozart’s bakery on the site.  Phase two is a restaurant to be called Wolfgang’s.  Those operations would occupy up to 7,000 square feet of the building.  Saha plans to lease the remaining space out to a tenant, possibly a retailer that would complement his operations.
 
Saha said he will continue to run the original Mozart’s at 2885 N. High Street.

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« Reply #1038 on: November 13, 2012, 03:32:55 PM »
Melt bringing grilled cheese specialties to Columbus



By many accounts, Melt Bar & Grilled’s cheese stands alone.

The Cleveland-based restaurant, which specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, has been racking up awards, accolades and television appearances since owner Matt Fish opened his first Melt in 2006. Now at four restaurants (including one across from the next World of Beer tavern), Fish is ready to show Columbusites what we’ve been missing. Fish let it slip that Columbus was in his plans at the recent opening of his Mentor restaurant.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/11/melt-bringing-grilled-cheese.html
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« Reply #1039 on: November 14, 2012, 11:29:58 AM »
It's Dine Originals Week in Columbus.  Information and menus of the participating restaurants available at Dine Originals Columbus.  Also more information from Business First and Columbus Underground below:

Business First: 50 restaurants participating in Dine Originals Week

Columbus Underground: Dine Originals Week is November 12-18, 2012
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1040 on: November 19, 2012, 11:01:26 AM »
The Columbus Dispatch recently announced their Top 10 Columbus area restaurants (listed alphabetically):

Barcelona Restaurant & Bar
DeepWood
Kihachi
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Refectory
Rigsby's Kitchen
Spagio
Till
Worthington Inn
Z Cucina di Spirito

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/food/2012/09/28/on-the-rebound.html


Columbus Crave Magazine also came out with their Top 10 list:

1. G. Michael's
2. Rigsby's Kitchen
3. Kihachi
4. Worthington Inn
5. Basi Italia
6. Alana's
7. Till
8. Sage
9. Refectory
10. DeepWood

MORE: http://columbuscrave.com/crave/blog/343/61959521-The-Crave-10-2012-The-Best-Restaurants-in-Columbus
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1041 on: November 19, 2012, 11:18:40 AM »
Some changes to one of the Dispatch's Top 10 restaurants.  The Executive Chef at Barcelona is leaving to start a new restaurant with his wife in the downtown area.  The new restaurant - Natalie’s, located at 79 S. Fourth Street - is serving Korean and American dishes in a casual setting.

Columbus Underground: Chef Paul Yow Leaves Barcelona to Launch New Downtown Restaurant

ThisWeek News: Natalie’s a casual spot for classic American, Korean fare
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1042 on: November 28, 2012, 03:38:44 PM »
As was mentioned in the previous post, the executive chef from German Village's Barcelona is leaving to start a new restaurant in Downtown.  The below article from German Village's This Week News edition talks to the new chef at Barcelona:

This Week News: Barcelona's new chef says he's ready for role
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1043 on: November 28, 2012, 03:44:49 PM »
Two reports about a new restaurant that opened across Georgesville Road from the new casino on the westside.  The alts.eats.columbus site provided a pretty in-depth review of the menu:

This Week News: Siem Reap offers late-night option for casino crowd

alt.eats.columbus: Siem Reap
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1044 on: December 12, 2012, 01:42:00 PM »
The couple that started the well-received DeNovo Bistro at 201 S. High Street across from Columbus Commons opened a second downtown restaurant last month.  Manifesto Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar opened November 12th at 21 E. State Street.  That's the easternmost ground floor retail space in the Fifth Third Building along State Street.  It's also the closest retail space to the neighboring Ohio Theatre.  Lots more about Manifesto from multiple sources below:

CU Thread: Manifesto - New Scotch Bar & Tuscan Grato - Opening Downtown 11.12.12

CU Article: New Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar Opening Downtown

Columbus Alive: Restaurant review: Manifesto

Columbus Dispatch: Manifesto’s destiny: to pair scotch with food


And it appears that the husband-wife owners of DeNovo and Manifesto aren't finished with ideas for downtown restaurants.  Once you get past that growner of a headline from the Dispatch, the article stated the following: "Manifesto is part of the couple's larger plans for Downtown.  They plan to open two more restaurants in the heart of Columbus in 2013, and are finalizing leases.  One of their concepts will be a French wine bar."
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1045 on: December 12, 2012, 01:54:32 PM »
Apparently, Cameron Mitchell’s new Short North restaurant - The Pearl - is on-track to open February 5, 2013 at 641 N. High Street.  Below is a non-subscription-required article from Business First about the new restaurant's general manager and executive chef being hired, as well as a scheduled hiring of restaurant staff later this month:

Business First: Cameron Mitchell’s Pearl restaurant begins hiring ahead of February opening
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1046 on: December 13, 2012, 02:41:30 PM »
Not sure if this was mentioned yet, but construction on the old Hoggy's on 5th and Grandview is for a new Winking Lizard's.  Yelled out my car at a construction worker today to find this interesting tidbit.  I'll definitely find my way there a time or two.

EDIT: And I see it has been posted.  My bad on the bump.
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1047 on: December 19, 2012, 08:42:40 PM »
Dallas-based Brazilian steakhouse 'Texas de Brazil' is opening in Easton today.  This is the second Brazilian all-you-can-eat steakhouse to open in Columbus this year.  Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse opened over the summer in the Arena District.

More about this newest Brazilian steakhouse from Business First at the link below:

Texas de Brazil to begin dishing out endless menu of beef at Easton Town Center

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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1048 on: December 21, 2012, 02:56:00 PM »
Some changes coming to two of the more interesting local pizza places in Columbus.  First, Clever Crow Pizza is closing its operation in the North Market.  The Clever Crow operators say they will continue to provide pizza at Circus Bar in the Short North and might try some new things next year.  But for now, the only outlet for their unique cornbread crust pizza will be at Circus.

Second, the founder and long-time owner of bonoPIZZA has sold his pizza business in the Grandview/5xNW area to a new operator.  The new operator says he doesn't plan any major changes.  So hopefully bonoPIZZA's simple and as-authentic-as-possible Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven will remain unchanged. 

The selling of the pizza business will allow the founder of bonoPIZZA to launch a new enterprise: topoTACOS in the Short North.  He says he plans to open his taco shop sometime in January 2013, although he wouldn't divulge its location.  More about the comings and goings from the below article links:

Columbus Underground: Clever Crow Closing North Market Shop

ThisWeekNews: bonoPIZZA founder turns his attention to tacos
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #1049 on: December 26, 2012, 07:58:23 PM »
Houlihan’s coming back to Central Ohio with eatery at Kingsdale

Houlihan’s is making a return to Central Ohio.

The Leawood, Kan.-based casual dining chain is building a restaurant at the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington, which is set to open in 2013. It marks a reappearance in Central Ohio for Houlihan's where it had more than 20 years of history dating to its days at the Continent in Columbus in the 1980s. Houlihan’s at that once-thriving northeast side development closed in 2001 and a second restaurant at 3580 W. Dublin Granville Road was shuttered in 2007, when the company pulled out of the market.

More below:
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/12/houlihans-coming-back-to-central-ohio.html
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