The latest updates from the Columbus dining, bar scenes

A new speakeasy called The Light of Seven Matchsticks opened below Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza last week. The cocktail joint is open Thursdays through Sundays, 6 p.m. to midnight.

Phillip's Original Coney Island at 450 W. Broad St. announced it will temporarily close starting Sunday, Feb. 5. The site is slated for redevelopment and the restaurant will reopen when the new building is completed.

The Whitney House hosts its next Ramen After Dark on Thursday, Feb. 2, starting at 10 p.m. The pop-up features house-made ramen, wine, sake, and beers from Ill Mannered Brewing.

Gahanna launched the Herbal Cocktail Trail this week, a yearlong event featuring eight Gahanna bars and restaurants like 101 Beer Kitchen, Barrel & Boar, Arepazo, Kindred Artisan Ales and more. Customers can collect a passport and get stamps at the partner businesses when they order signature cocktails.

Bob Evans Farms announced it has sold the restaurant side of the business to a private equity firm. Based in New Albany, the company will retain the prepared and frozen foods side of the business. The Bob Evans restaurants will continue to operate as normal.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast, beer, coffee and Columbus at He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures.