The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
Nocterra Brewing Co. holds the grand opening of its brewery and taproom this weekend at 41 Depot St. in historic downtown Powell. The celebration kicks off at noon on Saturday, Feb. 2. Nocterra, which specializes in American sours and IPAs, is the second Powell brewery to open, following Ill Mannered Brewing Co.
The Akron-based burger chain Swensons Drive-In will hold a grand opening for its new Polaris location on Monday, Feb. 4. Famous for its Galley Boy cheeseburgers, Swensons’ latest Central Ohio spot is located at 2012 Ikea Way, next to Topgolf. In other Swensons news, the chain is one step closer to opening a Hilliard location at 4810 Cemetery Rd., next to J.W. Reason Elementary School. This week, Hilliard City Council approved Swensons’ rezoning request.
Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen opened Tuesday at 247 King Ave., previously home to The Angry Baker and The Bitter Barista. The restaurant, run by longtime Barcelona Restaurant & Bar chefs Jacob Hough and Patrick Marker, is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday. Look for Sunday brunch to be added in the near future.
Nate's Steamed Bagels, a bagel sandwich pop-up that launched in 2017, hit the road last week with a brand new food truck. You can find Nate’s parked behind Antiques on High (714 S. High St.), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
The owner of now-closed Leone’s Pizza, RyanLaRose, has landed at The Osteria at Camelot Cellars in Olde Towne East.LaRose has revamped The Osteria’s menu, which officially launches Friday, Feb. 1.The new menu features antipasto, flatbreads, a variety of pastas, entrees and desserts. The Osteria at Camelot Cellars is located at 901 Oak St.
Huli Huli Tiki Lounge & Grill is now open at 26 W. Olentangy St. in Powell. The new spot offers Hawaiian-inspired small plates, tiki drinks and daiquiris.
The Meat Packers Outlet, a longtime Downtown butcher shop and deli at 317 S. Fifth St., abruptly closed last week after 61 years in business. The announcement was made on Facebook. A reason for the closure was not provided, but the area is about to undergo a wave of redevelopment. A six-story, mixed-use development dubbed The Harlow has been approved by the Downtown Commission for an adjacent property.
South of Lane Cafe (1987 Guilford Rd.) is currently on winter break through Friday, Feb. 8. The Upper Arlington cafe will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
A franchise of Woops!, a New York-based retail bakery, is now open inside Tuttle Crossing Mall at 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. in Dublin. The shop specializes in macarons and other international pastries. The kiosk is located on the first floor of the mall beside the Buckeye Store.
Columbus Underground recently reported that South Side bar Tatoheads Public House will close at the end of June.
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