The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
The Old Spot, a new restaurant from La Tavola's Rick Lopez and The Butcher & Grocer's Tony Tanner, opens Friday, June 21, in Grandview. The gastropub replaces Harvest Tavern & Pizzeria at 1099 W. First Ave. The Old Spot is open Tuesday and Wednesday for dinner only, lunch and dinner Thursday through Saturday, and brunch and dinner on Sunday.
Cameron Mitchell's M at Miranova (2 Miranova Place) reopened Tuesday following a three-week renovation of the nearly 18-year-old restaurant. Chef John Paul Iacobucci, who was named executive chef of M in January, worked to overhaul about 80 percent of the menu, which combines contemporary American and Pacific Rim-influenced cuisines. M also offers a new five-course tasting menu.
Nosh on High, a small plates restaurant concept, is expected to open this summer at 149 S. High St., replacing MoJoe Lounge in the heart of Downtown. Nosh's owners are Kevin Jones and Mike Campbell, formerly of Milestone 229.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently named Veritas one of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2019. The Downtown Columbus fine dining spot was the only Ohio restaurant named on this year's list.
The Columbus chapter of Bunker Labs, a national nonprofit that supports veteran entrepreneurs, is holding its first-ever Veteran Food Truck Challenge on Saturday, June 22, at COHatch The Pub (1554 Polaris Parkway). From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., four veteran-owned food trucks will battle it out for the title. Visit bunkerlabs.org/columbus for more information.
The Second Annual Beards & Brews event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at the Barn at Blystone Farm in Canal Winchester. The festival features a variety of craft beers, live music on the farm, raffle prizes and contests for best moustache and longest beard. Blystone is located at 8677 Oregon Rd.
The Second Annual Columbus Food & Wine Festival takes place June 21-22 at Battelle Riverfront Park (25 Marconi Blvd.). The event features chef demonstrations, live performances and food and wine tastings. Visit columbusfoodwine.com for more information.
Greek Express is now open at 5451 N. Hamilton Rd. in Gahanna. It's the fifth Greek Express location in Central Ohio from owner Ferdinand Çela.
This fall, the Austin-based chain Chuy's Tex-Mex is moving into the former site of Smokey Bones at 1481 Polaris Parkway. Chuy's opened its first Columbus location at Easton Town Center in 2015.***
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