The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
Kolache Republic celebrates its fifth anniversary on Thursday, July 26, with an open house 6-9 p.m. at 730 S. High St. The Brewery District cafe and bakery serves Czech pastries and a new selection of sandwiches. Kolache also announced a new charitable partnership with the Children's Hunger Alliance, which works to combat childhood food insecurity in Ohio. From July 31 through Aug. 31, Kolache will donate 20 percent of its sales to the nonprofit.
Preston's: A Burger Joint, the creation of chefs Matt Heaggans and Catie Randazzo, is adding a second permanent pop-up location, this one inside Eugene's Canteen in the Short North. Owner Justin Boehme opened Eugene's in May at 765 N. High St., replacing Da Levee.
In other Preston's news, Randazzo's popular food truck Challah! will be rebranded as Preston's food truck beginning Sunday, Aug. 5. The Columbus native first launched her Jewish deli-inspired food truck in 2013. In a press release, Randazzo stated that not much will change about the truck except the paint. “You'll still get the same food made with integrity, and you'll still be able to order Challah's Crispy Chicken Sandwich on the Preston's truck,” Randazzo promises.Challah!'s final day of operation will beWednesday, Aug. 1, at Seventh Son Brewing.
Los Potosinos, the Mexican food truck known for its pollo al carbon, has added a second truck. Look for owner Lidia Labra's new truck during lunchtime at Broad Street and Central Avenue in Franklinton, and in the evenings at The Oracle, 1159 Oak St. in Olde Towne East. The original truck is located at 1500 E. Long St.
The Israeli fast-casual chain Burgerim is now open Downtown at121 S. High St., formerly home to The Chintz Room. Burgerim (which translates to “many burgers” in Hebrew) allows customers to design their own 2.8-ounce burgers with a variety of buns, patties, sauces and toppings.
The Hills Market Downtown hosts its Second Annual Hog Roast 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 28. In addition to live music and brews from Wolf's Ridge Brewing Co., attendees can purchase smoked pulled pork sandwiches with corn bread, baked beans and slaw for $10. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.
The Ninth Annual Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest takes place Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, in historic downtown Canal Winchester. The festival features live blues music, a variety of barbecue vendors, a beer and wine garden, children's activities and more. Hours for the event are 5-11 p.m. Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit bluesandribfest.com.
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