Food News: Flatiron Bar & Diner, The Worthington Inn now closed

In case you missed it, 2018 ended with a trio of restaurant closings. Flatiron Bar & Diner closed last week after 30 years in business at 129 E. Nationwide Blvd. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the owners of the historic building, the Wittmann Company, are exploring new uses for the space.

In addition, The Worthington Inn closed indefinitely on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Located at 649 High St., the restaurant and special event facility announced on its website that the space will be renovated and re-developed into offices, retail space and a smaller ground-level restaurant. The 19th-century inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the restaurant is considered Franklin County’s oldest

King Avenue 5, locatedat 945 King Ave., also closed this week. The Grandview-area sports bar and music venue has been open since 2005. Future plans for the space have not yet been announced.

Parsons North Brewing Co. opened Christmas week at 685 Parsons Ave., joining the recent openings of Comune Restaurant and Jimmyluka’s Bar-Deli in the East Public development near Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For the time being, the brewery’s taproom is pouring guest drafts. Look for Parsons North to unveil its own brews later this month or early February. 

Tacos Fogoncito is expected to open this week (pending inspections) at 1909 State Route 256 in Reynoldsburg.

Sassafras Bakery in Old Worthington has significantly expanded its hours. Previously open only four days a week, the bakery and cafe is now open daily at 657 High St. and serves a special brunch menu on Sundays. Its new hours are 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

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