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Jonathon Sawyer is a tease. For years it seems the Cleveland chef has been taunting Columbus diners with hints of a southern expansion: He did a pop-up at Double Happiness; he partners with Middle West Spirits on a line of culinary vinegars; rumors have long flown about which empty spaces he’d toured.
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In late January, Wolf’s Ridge opened its new taproom behind its Downtown restaurant, giving new brewer Chris Davison 20 new tap lines with which to play. We caught up with Davison to talk the expanded beer list and bar snacks offered in the new space.
Before Nada opened in the Arena District, Crave got a quick tour of the space with owner David Falk. He pointed out a few intentional design touches. Knowing them has made dining at Nada more fun, so I’m going to share a few with you now.
The transformation of an infamous Cincinnati crime zone into one of the hippest dining strips in Ohio is an amazing narrative. It’s a tale of accidental architectural preservation through abandonment and neglect. It’s a saga of recapturing an all-but-forgotten past to design a better future. It’s the story of Over-the-Rhine.
More and more, I have to ask myself: Where can I get good, simple, straightforward food that will fill my stomach and please my palate? And Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar is always near the top of that mental list. There’s no sugar-coating at Lalibela, which is part of its charm.
The minds behind A&R Creative group, including restaurants like The Crest and The Market Italian Village, announced two new restaurant projects today: a brewpub in partnership with local brewery Hoof Hearted, and a second location of their flagship restaurant The Crest. Both are set to open this year.
A quick look at the latest restaurant openings, closings and happenings around Columbus this weekend.