Here's some of what happened in the bar and dining scenes in 2017
This year saw an insane amount of restaurant openings, expansions, moves and closures. Take a look at what's happened, as well as what's ahead.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
As usual, the Short North welcomed many new faces, from Middle West's Service Bar, Short North Deli, Two Truths, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Tastings – A Wine Experience, Quinci Emporium, Hai Poke's new brick-and-mortar and Simply Rolled Ice Cream inside Oats & Barley. Biscuit & Branch opened and then re-branded as Branch, while Impero Coffee became Roaming Goat Coffee. Close by, Sadie Baby Sweets opened on Third Avenue.
North Market welcomed new vendors Green Olive Company, Momo Ghar, Black Radish Creamery, Coco Cat and Park Street Poultry & Game (which replaced North Market Poultry and Game). Italian Village added Cosecha, City Tavern and Drunch Eatery + Bar. The campus area welcomed Trism, Eden Burger, Three's bar, Pasta Villa and Trillium Kitchen & Patio.
Grandview grew with Watershed Bar & Kitchen and a re-vamped Grandview Cafe. Worthington welcomed The Light of Seven Matchsticks cocktail bar, Over the Counter, Everest Indian and Nepali, plus Peace, Love and Little Donuts. Further northeast, Kuya Ian's Bistro brought Filipino fare, The Draft Room started slinging pints, Delaney's Diner served the classics and Soulshine Tavern & Kitchen joined New Albany. Chains like Giordano's Pizza and Corner Bakery Cafe opened at Polaris. Pizza chains MOD Pizza and Rapid Fired Pizza also entered the region.
Downtown expanded with everything from The Keep in Hotel LeVeque to Elia Athenian Grill, Buckeye Bourbon House, Stack'd, Tiger & Lily, Pub Mahone, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse and Juniper rooftop bar. Veranico and Half Pint opened in the Arena District. Across the river Red Door BBQ started serving Franklinton, while the Brewery District welcomed Smoked on High BBQ and Legacy Smokehouse. The South Village Grille joined German Village and The Olde Oak and Two Dollar Radio HQ opened on Parsons.
Clintonville got Blunch; Johnny Coffee started serving the area, as did Tupelo Doughnuts' truck. Further west, MODA opened on Olentangy Road, Passport 196 opened on Fishinger Road and both Bonsai and Original Pancake House served Upper Arlington.
On the southern reaches, BrewDog's taproom opened in Canal Winchester, as did Loose Rail Brewing. Combustion Brewery joined Pickerington, and Grove City gained Transcend Coffee and Three Brothers Diner.
The northwest side saw serious expansion. Two Brother Bar & Kitchen and City Egg opened. VASO, The Revelry Tavern and Kilwins joined Dublin, while Powell added Bistro Coffee Shop and Andriah's Wine Bar & Restaurant.
On the East Side Pretentious Barrel House started serving sours, while Sam Adams opened American Craft Tavern in the airport.
GOING BACK FOR SECONDS (OR THIRDS)
Expansion was also the name of the game this year. Stauf's, Upper Cup Coffee and Winans added new locations. Ray Ray's expanded to Westerville and set up a truck at Land-Grant. Native Cold Pressed joined German Village, while both Hot Chicken Takeover and Condado opened standalones in Clintonville and Easton. Little Eater added its first location outside North Market, while Borgata Pizza Cafe opened a second spot. MMELO Boutique Confections added an Easton outpost, Northstar Cafe joined Westerville, Acre went to Upper Arlington and Si Senor added Grandview and Downtown stores.
Everyone from Duck Donuts to Fukuryu Ramen to Johnson's Real Ice Cream to RAM Restaurant & Brewery to Cap City Fine Diner opened locations in Dublin. The Daily Growler joined the Brewery District, Dada Empanada headed to Upper Arlington, Poke Bros and Pat & Gracie's headed Downtown, while Bubbles Tea & Juice Company added Easton and Dublin spots. Nancy's Home Cooking added a Powell location, while The Angry Baker opened a Short North retail shop. Freedom a la Carte opened the Northside Library cafe, while Bake Me Happy expanded to a full coffee shop. Sunny Street Cafe, First Watch and Barry Bagels added new digs.
ON THE MOVE
Many spots switched addresses. Nearly two years after closing in Italian Village, Cravings Cafe reopened Downtown. Phillip's Original Coney Island closed but reopened as a food truck. Das Kaffeehaus headed to the Brewery District, Block's Bagels shifted spots in Bexley, What the Waffle is headed to King-Lincoln, J Hot Fish went to Linden and Cazuelas Grill and Chumley's changed addresses on North High. After leaving North Market, Pam's Market Popcorn popped up in Gahanna.
We said goodbye to plenty of places, too. Long-running stops like Easy Street Cafe, Black Creek Bistro, Whole World Restaurant, Happy Dragon, The Andersons, Double Happiness, the Lennox Cup O' Joe and the original Max & Erma's closed. Big-hitters Salt & Pine and Rooks Tavern proved short-lived.
Short North lost Double Comfort, Short North Parlour Room, Whit's, zpizza, Buns & Brews, Le Chocoholique, Homefare and Level Dining Lounge. Grandview said goodbye to Jie's Good Tasting, Zauber Brewing (which became Endeavor Brewing) and Your Pie. Park Street Saloon, Park Street Patio and The Social Room all closed. Lomonico's closed both locations, while DareDevil Dogs, TehKu Tea, the Crosswoods Columbus Fish Market, Scarlet & Grey Cafe, Montgomery Inn and Dirty Frank's West all ended runs.
Corner Deli and Studio Movie Grill left Downtown. California Pizza Kitchen and Edamame left Easton. The Wine Bistro and Bonchon closed in Clintonville, as did Quail Crossing Winery (for another location). A Taste of Vietnam exited Worthington and Kitamu Coffee left Hilliard, while Fusian closed its campus location and PizzaRev left town altogether.
And 2018 promises to be interesting! Seventh Sonis adding a sister brewery, Antiques on High, while Ambrose & Eve will open next door. Belgian Iron Wafel and Cameron Mitchell's deli, Harvey & Ed's,are headed to the Short North. Comune is coming to Parsons. Veritas Tavern completes its move Downtown. Pecan Penny's is coming to Main Street. Lupo will join Upper Arlington. Andes South American, Haveli Bistro and The Woodbury diner will all open Downtown. Speckled Hen Farm Market will join Old Worthington, while Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea heads to Dublin.
More breweries, too! Random Precision Brewing Co. is opening in Linworth. Nocterra Brewing is coming to Powell. Blasted Barley Beer is slated for Downtown. Also, Ill Mannered Brewing will move to new digs in Powell, while High Bank Distillery will join Grandview.
Brassica, Crafted Drafts, Sweet Carrot, Fado Irish Pub, Basil, Z Cucina, Alchemy Juice Bar, Westies Gastropub, CoreLife Eatery, Massey's Pizza, Barrel & Boar, House Wine and BrewDog all have additional locations on the way.
Finally, G.D. Ritzy's is planning a comeback after a nearly three-decade absence, while Akron's Swenson's Drive-In is eyeing Columbus.