The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

There's a new option for ramen, donburi rice bowls and other Asian fare in the Short North. Ampersand Asian Supper Club is now open at 940 N. High St. in the Brunner Building. Owner Megan Ada opened Ampersand's sister restaurant, Asterisk Supper Club, in Uptown Westerville in 2016.

Sweet Carrot, Angela Petro's fast-casual eatery, closed its Polaris and Dublin locations this week. Its flagship restaurant in Grandview, housed in the former Rife's Market, will remain open. In an announcement on social media Monday, Petro explained the decision: “Three restaurants in 3 years. We have increased our fan base, taken great local, wholesome, made from scratch food to parts of the community where a lot of the options are chain restaurants. I'm proud of that and it was a good idea. … I did it too soon.”

Okhee Jenifer Jin, the owner of Bulgogi Korean Restaurant passed away June 3 after a battle with cancer. Bulgogi, a small but excellent eatery inside Saraga International Grocery, was named one of Columbus Monthly's Best New Restaurants earlier this year.

Urban Meyer's Pint House is expected to open this fall at 6632 Longshore St. in Bridge Park, where Ram Restaurant & Brewery recently closed. The new venture is a partnership between the former Ohio State head football coach and local restaurant group Corso Ventures.

Owners of the longtime Harrison West tavern Zeno's (384 W. Third Ave.) plan to add a basement dive bar this summer. The bar, dubbed Dick's Dive, pays homage to Zeno's founder RichardAllen, who passed away last year.

Outerbelt Brewing, located in Fairfield County, holds its grand opening event from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at 3560 Dolson Ct. in Carroll, about 25 miles from Columbus.

Great Harvest Bread Co. franchisees Budi Januar and Fan Ny celebrate the grand opening of their new bakery/cafe on Friday, June 14. The new Great Harvest is located at 5311 Westpointe Plaza Dr., south of Hilliard.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug. 10, when the inaugural Columbus Fiery Foods Festival brings the heat to the Columbus Commons. Festivalgoers can expect a variety of spicy foods from restaurants, hot sauce vendors and salsa makers. The event benefits the children's charity CD102.5 for the Kids. Visit for more information.


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