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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #930 on: December 21, 2011, 07:51:56 PM »
A couple of older updates:

Restaurateur picks downtown for first venture Big Bites: Business First blog article about Big Bites - a restaurant that opened in September at 79 S. Fourth Street, which for the past 11 years was Serenity Café.

Upper Cup Coffee Opens in Olde Towne East: Notice from Columbus Underground about a new coffee shop at 79 Parsons Avenue.
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« Reply #931 on: December 21, 2011, 08:20:14 PM »
Few more older updates:

Benefits of flaxseed touted at new spot in downtown Columbus: Article from ThisWeek Newspapers about Flaxella Cafe & Deli at 89 E. Long Street.  The Ethiopian-born owner opened Flaxella in the small pavilion-like building at the southwest corner of Third & Long in September.  The restaurant features the ground seed in everything from fruit drinks to espresso and also has muffins, cakes, bagels and Ethiopian-style breads that contain flaxseed. 
 
Comfort food that soothes owners’ pain: Dispatch article about Sweet Raine’s on Main, a restaurant that opened in November at 1053 E. Main Street.  The restaurant is near the corner of Main & Ohio on the Near East Side and is located down the street from Smothered Gravy, a carryout restaurant at 1114 E. Main Street that opened in February.
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« Reply #932 on: December 22, 2011, 10:52:12 AM »
Couple of articles about a new cafe/pastry shop in the Olde Towne East neighborhood east of downtown.

Didier Alapini and his wife Minervia opened L’appât Patisserie & Café at 1159 Oak Street.  Just down the street from the Angry Baker which opened in 2010 and Yellow Brick Pizza which opened in 2009.  That's interesting enough for us urbanophiles.  But even more fascinating is the back story of one of the owners.

Didier Alapini is a native of Benin, a small, French-speaking country in West Africa.  Didier earned a Masters Degree in Biochemistry in the Ivory Coast and moved to New York to pursue a PhD.  But, after watching a Food Network show about a biochemist applying his knowledge in his kitchen, decided to go into the catering business instead.  He moved to Columbus when his wife got a job with Abbott Laboratories.

L’appât specializes in less sweet European-style pastries and has a revolving breakfast to early dinner menu.  Below is a ThisWeekNews article and a Columbus Underground piece about the cafe opening:

ThisWeekNews: Mutual love of food leads to new bakery in Olde Towne East

Columbus Underground: L’appât Patisserie & Café Opens in Olde Towne East

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« Reply #933 on: January 04, 2012, 09:22:52 PM »
Dragonfly Neo-V, one of Columbus' most recognized and celebrated vegetarian restaurants, is undergoing some major changes.  The owners Magdiale Wolmark and Cristin Austin have decided to close their restaurant at 247 King Avenue on January 1st in preparation to reopen as a new restaurant - Till - in mid-January.  The new restaurant, Till, will continue to focus on vegetarian and vegan dishes made from local and organic ingredients - although it won’t be an exclusively vegetarian menu.

In addition to the launch of Till, the former On The Fly space located next door will reopen as Glaze, a small bakery that features artisanal donuts made from organic ingredients.  More information can be found online at http://tillfare.com.

Below are some links to local media reports about Dragonfly Neo-V turning into Till:

Columbus Underground: Dragonfly Neo-V Closing in January, Reopening as Till

Nothing Better to Do (Vegetarian Dining Blog): Dragonfly changes

The Columbus Vegan Meetup Group: Dragonfly Neo-V Open House

Columbus Monthly: Dragonfly Neo-V changing to Till in January
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« Reply #934 on: January 04, 2012, 09:54:18 PM »
Restaurant changes to the beautiful old two-story brick building at the northeast corner of South High Street and Morrill Avenue.  This building was the long-time home to Crater’s Restaurant & Bar and then the short-time home to Coyote Jane's.  Now it's the home to a new restaurant, The Explorers Club.

The new restaurant is also a reunion for two restaurant partners that had success in the 1990's and early 2000's with the Galaxy Cafe in Powell and two its offshoots in Grandview Heights and the Short North.  They look at The Explorers Club as a continuation of the Galaxy Cafe, with dishes that span the globe.



Below are a number of reports and reviews for The Explorers Club:

Columbus Business First: Galaxy Cafe vets open Explorers Club in Merion Village

Columbus Alive: Restaurant review: Explorers Club

Columbus Dispatch: Galaxy chef back on map with new venture

Breakfast With Nick: Explorers Club | Columbus, OH

Nothing Better To Do: Explorers Club

CMH Gourmand: Explorers Club: My First Expeditions


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« Reply #935 on: January 09, 2012, 08:08:50 PM »
A new lunchtime spot - Zoup Fresh Soup Co. - opened last November at the base of the Huntington Tower at 41 S. High Street.  Below is an article from Business First and an article from the Columbus Dispatch about it:

Business First:  Soup chain stirring up downtown debut

Columbus Dispatch:  Zoup is on Downtown - Downtown lunch spot offers salads, sandwiches and rotating array of gourmet soups for people who want their meal in a hurry
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« Reply #936 on: January 09, 2012, 08:24:39 PM »
The owner/operator of Cafe Lola at Broad & High has opened Streetfare by Lola in the lobby of the Fifth Third Building at 21 E. State Street.  Streetfare by Lola opened in December.  This is the fourth restaurant for Kevin and Lori James near the Capitol Square in Downtown Columbus.  In addition to Cafe Lola, they also operate Burgers Dogs and Fries in the Broad & High development and the seasonal Burgers Dogs and Fries at the kiosk in Columbus Commons park.

Business First:  Cafe Lola operator setting up in Fifth Third tower

Columbus Underground:  Streetfare by Lola Opens Downtown on Wednesday

Columbus Dispatch:  Food cart comes inside at Streetfare by Lola - Couple with three other Downtown ventures is serving up quick lunches from Fifth Third Center
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #937 on: January 10, 2012, 12:10:04 PM »
HORRIBLE NEWS!!!

I used to live two blocks from the one in Grandview.  LO SIENTO MUNDO!!!

Hoggy’s closes all but 1 restaurant as it enters receivership



Hoggy’s Restaurant & Catering has closed all but one of its seven locations after filing for receivership in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. The Columbus-based barbecue chain will keep open its Gahanna location, where it will honor all outstanding gift cards, as it restructures, said said A.C. Strip, the lawyer representing receiver Jack Harris. Catering that was once done at those stores now will operate out of Gahanna as well.

“They were underperforming, frankly, and not meeting expectations of management,” Strip said of Hoggy’s

Strip said assets from the closed locations, which includes four in Central Ohio, likely will be sold, and that the Linworth location already is garnering some interest. Hoggy’s also operated Central Ohio restaurants at Polaris and in the Grandview area. The others are in Cleveland and Kentucky. Hoggy’s closed its Delaware restaurant last year, selling the site to the chain’s former chief operating officer.

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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #938 on: January 11, 2012, 01:39:26 PM »
That's too bad about Hoggy's.  It wasn't for everyone's taste - but it was a decent locally grown option for the carnivore crowd.

Speaking of carnivores - there goes my working theory that 2012 was going to be the year of the carnivore in Columbus.  First, trendy vegetarian restaurant Dragonfly Neo-V closes to be re-opened as a new meat-serving restaurant.  Then, not one but two Brazilian Steakhouses announced they would be opening in Columbus in 2012.  First, Texas de Brazil announced an opening in Easton.  Then, Rodizio Grill announced it would be opening at the corner of Nationwide & Marconi in the Arena District.  More about those steakhouse announcements from Columbus Underground (link below):

Columbus Underground:  Restaurant Roundup: Brazilian Steakhouses & Arena District Updates
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #939 on: January 11, 2012, 01:45:49 PM »
That Marconi space was desperately needed.
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #940 on: January 13, 2012, 01:06:47 PM »
Vice President Joe Biden was in Columbus yesterday.  He gave a speech about college affordability at Gahanna Lincoln High School - a new high school that combines its curriculum and shares space with Columbus State Community College.  But that's not why this is being posted on the restaurant thread.

After VP Biden left the event, he went to the North Market.  There he was met by Mayor Coleman, who bought him a coffee at 'A Touch of Earth' in the market and proceeded to tour the place.  They each had ice cream at 'Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' - served by Jeni herself.  And Biden finished with a bit of fresh waffle at 'Taste of Belgium'.  Here's some of the local coverage with photos:

Columbus Underground article:  Biden mixes it up at the North Market

Columbus Underground thread:  Joe Biden at The North Market

Columbus Dispatch:  Biden samples local fare at North Market
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« Reply #941 on: January 13, 2012, 02:03:03 PM »
Awesome.
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Re: Columbus: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #943 on: January 23, 2012, 09:41:13 PM »
Columbus Underground also marked some of the major restaurant closings in 2011 to go along with the openings noted above:

The List: 10 Restaurants Closed in 2011 That We’ll Miss


And unfortunately, there was one more notable closing today:

CU: The Clarmont Closes

Dispatch: The Clarmont restaurant closes after 65 years

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« Reply #944 on: January 28, 2012, 10:01:23 PM »
shocking news. old school steakhouses are not allowed to close! i hope the top is still hanging in there?

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« Reply #945 on: February 02, 2012, 10:13:12 AM »
Yeah, that's too bad about the Clarmont.  In a business where places open and close with regularity, 65 years is an eternity.  Some of the blame has to go to the current owner though.  He renovated the interior a few years ago and it lost alot of its old charm.  Sometimes poor management can ruin a good thing.

The Top is apparently still going strong.  No renovations, no menu changes.  Just old school steakhouse charm.  They even advertise it that way.
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« Reply #946 on: February 02, 2012, 10:29:02 AM »
Speaking of restaurant changes, I just got the latest Columbus Monthly.  The issue features CM's choices for the 10 best new restaurants of 2011.  There's no link to article at their website, but here are their 10 choices.  The Hubbard Grille in the Short North was their top choice.  The remaining nine are listed alphabetically:

HUBBARD GRILLE
793 N. High Street - Short North, Columbus
www.hubbardgrille.com

BUCKEYE PHO ASIAN KITCHEN
761 Bethel Road - Northwest Columbus
www.buckeyepho.com

DE-NOVO BISTRO & BAR
201 S. High Street - Downtown Columbus
www.denovobistro.com

EXPLORERS CLUB
1586 S. High Street - Merion Village, Columbus
www.explorersclubmv.com

MARKET 65
65 E. State Street - Downtown Columbus
www.marketsixtyfive.com

MILESTONE 229
229 Civic Center Drive - Downtown Columbus
www.milestone229.com

MOJOE LOUNGE
149 S. High Street - Downtown Columbus
www.mojoe-lounge.com

RIVAGE ATLANTIQUE
652 High Street - Worthington
www.rivageatlantique.com

T. MURRAY'S BAR AND KITCHEN
560 S. High Street - Brewery District, Columbus
www.tmurrays.com

TWO FISH BISTRO
721 N. High Street - Short North, Columbus
www.daeoh.com
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« Reply #947 on: February 06, 2012, 04:34:08 AM »
Speaking of restaurant changes, I just got the latest Columbus Monthly.  The issue features CM's choices for the 10 best new restaurants of 2011.  There's no link to article at their website, but here are their 10 choices.  The Hubbard Grille in the Short North was their top choice.  The remaining nine are listed alphabetically:

HUBBARD GRILLE
793 N. High Street - Short North, Columbus
www.hubbardgrille.com

BUCKEYE PHO ASIAN KITCHEN
761 Bethel Road - Northwest Columbus
www.buckeyepho.com

DE-NOVO BISTRO & BAR
201 S. High Street - Downtown Columbus
www.denovobistro.com

EXPLORERS CLUB
1586 S. High Street - Merion Village, Columbus
www.explorersclubmv.com

MARKET 65
65 E. State Street - Downtown Columbus
www.marketsixtyfive.com

MILESTONE 229
229 Civic Center Drive - Downtown Columbus
www.milestone229.com

MOJOE LOUNGE
149 S. High Street - Downtown Columbus
www.mojoe-lounge.com

RIVAGE ATLANTIQUE
652 High Street - Worthington
www.rivageatlantique.com

T. MURRAY'S BAR AND KITCHEN
560 S. High Street - Brewery District, Columbus
www.tmurrays.com

TWO FISH BISTRO
721 N. High Street - Short North, Columbus
www.daeoh.com

Wondering what this Denovo is like?  I saw it downtown and it looks interesting.

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« Reply #948 on: February 11, 2012, 09:36:04 AM »
^ Here's a little more about De-Novo...

De-Novo Bistro & Bar opened this month at 201 S. High Street.  This new downtown restaurant is different in a few ways.  First, it's an upscale lunch and dinner spot in an area of downtown that doesn't have many.  There are plenty of grab-and-go lunch spots (the recently opened Cup O' Joe/MoJoe Lounge in the ground floor of The Lazarus Building is a half block north), but De-Novo is offering a sit-down lunch service, as well as extended dinner hours.  Second, it's in one of the storefronts recently renovated across High Street from the new Columbus Commons park on the former City Center Mall site.  Third, is that the restaurant owners already operate a successful suburban restaurant and jazz club.  Fourth, and most interesting, is that after looking thoughout the entire city for a second restaurant venue location, they decided to locate downtown - and also live downtown as well.

Below is a link to a review of De-Novo from Crave (a local food magazine) which looks at the new restaurant exterior, interior and menu.



Crave Magazine: First Look: De-Novo
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« Reply #949 on: February 11, 2012, 09:54:44 AM »
Round-up of some new Columbus restaurants:

Sidebar 122: New downtown restaurant at 122 E. Main Street that previously housed the Brownstone and Out on Main.

Three-Legged Mare: Three-Legged Mare replaced O’Shaughnessy’s Public House next to Nationwide Arena in the Arena District.

Fresh 50: Fresh 50 fast casual asian restaurant replaced Spinelli’s Deli at 50 N. High Street in the downtown.

And finally a report from Columbus Underground about a popular food cart looking to expand into a bricks-n-mortar restaurant: Kolache Republic Plans to Grow from Food Cart to Retail Store in 2012
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« Reply #950 on: February 17, 2012, 09:27:56 AM »
Dragonfly Neo-V, one of Columbus' most recognized and celebrated vegetarian restaurants, is undergoing some major changes.  The owners Magdiale Wolmark and Cristin Austin have decided to close their restaurant at 247 King Avenue on January 1st in preparation to reopen as a new restaurant - Till - in mid-January.  The new restaurant, Till, will continue to focus on vegetarian and vegan dishes made from local and organic ingredients - although it won’t be an exclusively vegetarian menu.

In addition to the launch of Till, the former On The Fly space located next door will reopen as Glaze, a small bakery that features artisanal donuts made from organic ingredients.  More information can be found online at http://tillfare.com.

Below are some links to local media reports about Dragonfly Neo-V turning into Till:

Columbus Underground: Dragonfly Neo-V Closing in January, Reopening as Till

Nothing Better to Do (Vegetarian Dining Blog): Dragonfly changes

The Columbus Vegan Meetup Group: Dragonfly Neo-V Open House

Columbus Monthly: Dragonfly Neo-V changing to Till in January

Columbus Underground interviewed one of the owners of TILL, the new restaurant in the Dragonfly space:

TILL Dynamic Fare Takes Culinary Standards to the Next Level
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« Reply #951 on: February 18, 2012, 08:28:47 PM »
89 Fish & Grill Opens Downtown
By: Walker



Do you still find yourself mourning the loss of R.J. Snappers in the Short North? Well, mourn no more. Restaurateur Richard Stopper is back in action with the new 89 Fish & Grill, located at 89 East Nationwide Boulevard in the former Michael O’Toole’s space.

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« Reply #952 on: February 18, 2012, 08:29:30 PM »
Midway Replaces Former Bento Go-Go
By: Walker



Bento Go-Go is no more-more. The former restaurant and bar has been renovated for a new restaurant and bar called Midway on High. The new restaurant comes from the same family of owners, who also own and operate Haiku in the Short North.

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« Reply #953 on: February 22, 2012, 01:00:06 PM »
89 Fish & Grill Opens Downtown
By: Walker



Do you still find yourself mourning the loss of R.J. Snappers in the Short North? Well, mourn no more. Restaurateur Richard Stopper is back in action with the new 89 Fish & Grill, located at 89 East Nationwide Boulevard in the former Michael O’Toole’s space.

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/89-fish-grill-opens-downtown
More about the new 89 Fish & Grill from the Dispatch: Filling the void - New Downtown spot offers mix of classic seafood, fresh fish specials
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« Reply #954 on: February 22, 2012, 01:11:59 PM »
Medina-based Inferno Gourmet Burger Bar opened its second fast-casual restaurant - its first in Central Ohio - in a Pickerington storefront that once housed a Graffiti Burger.

Business First: Hamburger wars flare up anew with arrival of Inferno Gourmet Burger

This Week News: How now browned cow? Inferno increases gourmet burger options by one

Columbus Alive: Restaurant review: Inferno Burger

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« Reply #955 on: February 22, 2012, 01:16:20 PM »
Hoggy's may be gone but the BBQ lives on...

Barbecue restaurant to replace original Hoggy’s in Linworth
By Gary Seman Jr., ThisWeek Community Newspapers
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 8:11 AM


Gallo’s Pit BBQ will take over the space formerly occupied by the original — but now vacant — Hoggy’s in Linworth, between Dublin and Worthington.
 
Co-founder Nick Gallo said the plan is to have the restaurant opened by the first week of March.  The restaurant, 2234 W. Dublin-Granville Road, is an extension of the Gallo’s barbecue catering service.

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« Reply #956 on: March 02, 2012, 09:53:15 PM »
AMC upgrading Lennox, Easton with bar service, dine-in viewing

AMC Entertainment Inc. has changes on tap for its two marquee Columbus theaters, including adding bar service at the AMC Lennox Town Center 24 near downtown and bringing dining to its Easton Town Center 30.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based movie theater chain has closed off a portion of the lobby at its Lennox movie house for renovations to add a bar and full alcohol service. The 351-theater chain in February was awarded liquor licenses to sell beer, wine and cocktails at the theater.

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« Reply #957 on: March 02, 2012, 09:54:11 PM »
Yogi Perogi bringing fast-casual to Polish staple near Grandview



Plenty of restaurants ascribe to the practice of picking one thing and doing it well, whether it’s chicken fingers, soups or burgers.

John Wagner liked the idea for his eatery near Grandview Heights, but decided to target something less Americana. The focus of Yogi Perogi is pierogies, the stuffed pockets of dough that are a staple of Polish cuisine.

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« Reply #958 on: March 09, 2012, 02:51:12 PM »
Flip Side aims to upend expectations for burgers at Easton



Central Ohio’s newest hamburger restaurant doesn’t consider itself part of the growing “better burger” wave.

Burgers and fries are the specialty of Flip Side, which opened March 4 at Easton Town Center, but with ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms, gourmet sauces and house-made prosciutto, plus a menu that includes a ground shrimp burger and a fresh grouper sandwich, the implication isn’t it’s better, rather that it is best.

“We’re chef-driven,” said co-owner and chef Shawn Monday, whose background is in fine dining.

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« Reply #959 on: March 09, 2012, 02:52:00 PM »
Gahanna’s Whiskey Ranch converted to FM All-American Grill, bull included

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Gahanna’s Whiskey Ranch may be gone, but the mechanical bull lives on.

FM All-American Bar & Grill opened March 1 at 154 N. Hamilton Road, taking over for the former nightspot with a casual restaurant and bar aiming for a broader clientele.

“We wanted an establishment that would appeal to everyone,” said co-owner Jeff Sacchet. “It’s comfortable, great food. Families can come in for lunch and dinner, and at night we’ll have some classic rock ’n’ roll or deejays.”

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