The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Belgian Iron Wafel Co. holds its grand opening Saturday, Jan. 12, at 19 W. Russell St. in the Short North. The new spot offers Liege-style Belgian waffles that range from sweet (like carrot cake) to savory (like a bacon, basil and Brie waffle). Belgian Iron Wafel's hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Hai Poke owners Mico Cordero and Nile Woodson are getting into the juice game. The pair has acquired PurePressed Juicery Downtown at 194 S. High St. The island-inspired restaurant has served poke bowls out of the Highpoint on Columbus Commons location for more than a year. The rebranded eatery will feature Hai Poke's full menu, plus juices and smoothies. Cordero and Woodson opened their first brick-and-mortar location in the Short North in 2017.

Speaking of Hawaiian poke, the fast-growing national chain Pokeworks is now open at 1011 W. Fifth Ave. in the Grandview area. It's the fast-casual chain's first restaurant in Ohio. A grand opening event will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, with a prize raffle and buy-one-get-one poke bowls.

Fox in the Snow opens its third Central Ohio location on Saturday, Jan. 12, in New Albany's Market & Main development. The new address at 160 W. Main St. is the third location of the popular coffee shop and bakery from owners Lauren Culley and Jeff Excell. The couple opened their original shop in October 2014 at 1031 N. Fourth St. in Italian Village.

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen is planning to open Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 247 King Ave. in the University District, replacing The Angry Baker. Alqueria, which will serve a rustic new American menu with Spanish influences, is a new concept from two longtime Barcelona Restaurant & Bar chefs, Jacob Hough and Patrick Marker.

The traditional Japanese ramen restaurant Menya Ramen will soon close at 331 W. Bridge St. in Dublin. Open since 2015, the restaurant's last day will be Sunday, Jan. 13.

Michael's Goody Boy has closed and will get a refresh from Corso Ventures, the owners of Forno, Short North Pint House and Standard Hall. Look for the diner to reopen in the spring.

The Hills Market Downtown, Seedlip Spirits and Columbus bartender Chris Spinato of Sidebar Columbus are partnering together for a Zero Proof Cocktail Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Hills Market, 95 N. Grant. Ave. The five-course meal will include non-alcoholic drink pairings using Seedlip Spirits, a non-alcoholic spirit made from herbs and botanicals. Reservations are required. Visit for more information.

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