One is good but two is better
The recent theme of the Columbus dining scene is steady expansion, with established restaurants branching out to new locations across the city. With our cover theme of second acts, we're looking at local eateries that are going back for seconds.
Fox in the Snow
210 Thurman Ave., German Village
One of the most anticipated openings of the year was Fox in the Snow's German Village location. The much-loved coffee shop and bakery expanded to the south end of the Village, inhabiting an old movie theater lobby. For hungry crowds, this means twice the amount of Fox's popular cinnamon rolls, tarts and egg sandwiches.
Nancy's Home Cooking
3499 N. Market St., Powell
It's not often that decades-old institutions expand, but after weathering temporary closures and the deaths of two owners, this beloved Clintonville diner is busy enough to grow. Late last year the diner brought all the classics, from garbage omelets to chicken and noodles, to a shared building in Powell. The new location is also home to a coffee shop and a wine bistro.
Upper Cup Coffee
121 Mill St., Gahanna
The Parsons Avenue coffee shop and roaster, led by owner Micael Habte, took over a storefront in Gahanna's Creekside neighborhood last year. Hailing originally from Eritrea, Habte started Upper Cup first as a roaster, and then opened his Parsons shop in 2011. The spacious Gahanna haven offers a second location to serve his roasts.
Pat & Gracie's
340 E. Gay St., Downtown
The Clintonville Pat & Gracie's sits in the Graceland Shopping Center named after Grace Murnan (of Pat and Gracie fame). But the neighborhood connection clearly isn't a limiting factor. With roughly a year under its belt, the burger and beer pub added a second location in the old Lomonico's space Downtown.
1717 Northwest Blvd., Fifth By Northwest
This farm-to-table, fast-casual concept expanded to a second location last year. Much like the original spot straddling the border of Clintonville and Old North, the new store brings its bowls, wraps and sweet corn cookies to the intersection of Fifth by Northwest, Grandview and Upper Arlington.
4540 Bridge Park Ave., Dublin
The Fukuryu in Upper Arlington may not technically be the first overall, but it's the first stateside. The original location is in Melbourne, Australia, but owner Jeff Tsao hails from the Kahiki Foods family, based in Columbus. His brightly decorated ramen shop added a second spot in Dublin's Bridge Park development, home to many second locations for Columbus brands, from PINS Mechanical Co. to Z Cucina to the just-announced Avenue Steak Tavern.
2285 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Worthington
This Italian eatery enjoys a very vocal following, and fans of pastas, calzones and New York-style pizza have generated enough noise that a second location opened in Worthington last year.
7717 Sawmill Rd., Dublin
Although Duck Donuts is a franchise, the ownership is local. Most fans know it from vacationing on North Carolina's Outer Banks, but the made-to-order donuts are an easy sell to anyone. The store fries up a spongy cake donut as a base, and then guests choose frostings and toppings to their hearts' content. The second location, this one in Dublin, quickly followed the original Central Ohio outpost at Polaris.