The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
Shake Shack, the burger stand and cult favorite from restaurateur Danny Meyer, is coming to Easton Town Center in early 2019. The New York-based fast-casual chain serves all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries and milkshakes. According to a press release, the 3,523-square-foot, eco-friendly Shack at Easton will seat 100 customers and feature an outdoor patio. The Easton Shake Shack will mark the first in Central Ohio and second in the state, following a Cleveland-area location that opens Thursday, June 7.The exact location at Easton has not yet been announced.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 7, for Flavored Nation, a tasting event celebrating iconic foods from across the United States.The inaugural event takes place Aug. 11 and 12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and features 50dishes prepared by local and national restaurateurs and chefs. Twelve Columbus chefs will take part in the event, including Service Bar's executive chef Avishar Barua, who will represent Ohio with his take on the buckeye. The event is supported in part by Alive's parent company, GateHouse Media.
This week, Cafe Brioso owner Jeff Davis announced that the coffee shop at 14 E. Gay St. will end its lunch service on or before June 15 and rebrand as Brioso Coffee. The shop at Gay and High Streets will align more closely with its sister location on Long Street, focusing on coffee beverages and whole bean sales. It will continue offering bakery items.
Mad Mex closed this week in the Gateway University District. It was the only Central Ohio location for the Pittsburgh-based Tex-Mex chain.
High Bank Distillery held its grand opening on Monday, June 4. The 17,000-square-foot distillery, full-service bar, restaurant, patio and entertainment space is located at 1051 Goodale Blvd. in Grandview.
Mini-Super opened last week in North Market, replacing Little Eater Produce and Provisions as the market's produce merchant.
Franklin Park Conservatory's Farmers Market returned this week, featuring Ohio produce, eggs, meat, bakery items, wine and artisan crafts. The market is open 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 5.
Indianapolis-based Bru Burger Bar opens its first Central Ohio location on Monday, June 11, at 691 N. Cleveland Ave. in Westerville.
Placed here without comment: One of the five medical marijuana dispensaries that have been approved for Columbus is Cannamed Therapeutics, located at 656 Grandview Ave. next to Woodland's Backyard and Preston's: A Burger Joint.
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