The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Brassica is set to open on Friday, Jan. 18, in Upper Arlington at 1442 W. Lane Ave. This makes the third location of the fast-casual Mediterranean spot. Brassica is the sister restaurant of Northstar Cafe and Third & Hollywood, founded by Kevin and Katy Malhame, and Kevin's brother, Darren.

Forty's Chicken & Waffles announced an opening date of Friday, Jan. 25, at 2593 N. High St. next to Old North Arcade. Benjamin Morgan, who owns both Old North businesses, launched Forty's as a food truck in 2017. Morgan describes Forty's fare as “ultimate late-night munchies comfort food.” The menu features items such as a fried chicken doughnut sandwich, waffle tacos and, yes, 40-ounce bottles of Olde English to wash it down.

The owner of George's Beechwold Diner plans to open George's Linworth Diner at 2245 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. on the corner of Linworth Road and Route 161. An opening date has not yet been announced.

Fans of Bangkok Grocery & Restaurant will rejoice when the restaurant reopens on Tuesday, Jan. 22, following its annual winter break. The family-run Thai eatery is located at 3277 Refugee Rd.

Aangan Indian Bistro, serving Northern Indian fare, is coming to 7520 High Cross Blvd. in the Crosswoods area.

Columbus Monthly is throwing its third annual Best New Restaurants event on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Le Meridien The Joseph in the Short North. This strolling dinner features bites from the Best New Restaurants featured in Monthly's February issue, plus entertainment, beer and wine. Early bird tickets (general admission and VIP) are now on sale at

Tickets are now on sale for the North Market's Mix and Shake event, which will take place on Saturday, March 9. Held in collaboration with The Ohio Distillers Guild, this cocktail party inside the market will showcase Ohio distilleries such as Buckeye Vodka, Middle West Spirits, Noble Cut Distillery, Red Eagle Distillery, Watershed Distillery and more. Four cocktail samples are included with admission, plus a $10 voucher to spend at a North Market merchant.Visit for more information or to purchase tickets, which are $50 each or at the door for $60 each.

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