The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
The much-anticipated Gemüt Biergarten holds its grand opening on Friday, Aug. 16, at 734 Oak St. Housed in a renovated 1890s firehouse building in the heart of Olde Towne East, the locally owned brewery, beer garden and restaurant features German-style beers and food (mmm, schnitzel). Regular hours of operation are 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday.
UPDATE: Following the announcement, Gemüt Biergarten issued a press release saying that the planned Aug. 16 opening has been delayed "due to unforeseeable circumstances," adding, "We are dedicated to making sure your first time in the Biergarten is an exceptional, full experience, and we need just a little more time to ensure that those standards can be met."
Big news for Downtown coffee connoisseurs: Brioso Coffee is relocating from its spot at 14 E. Gay St. Jeff Davis’ coffee shop, which he opened in 2001 at the corner of Gay and High streets, is moving into a smaller corner space across the street at The Citizens building, 51 N. High St. Look for it to open this fall. The Citizens is already home to chef Josh Dalton’s modernist restaurant, Veritas, and its sister cocktail bar, The Citizens Trust.
The Dublin location of Columbus’ iconic Katzinger’s Deli opens Monday, Aug. 19, at 7160 Muirfield Dr. The 3,800-square-foot deli and restaurant will offer familiar specialties such as corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, matzo ball soup, knishes and, of course, pickle barrels. This is the second free-standing Katzinger’s location in the deli’s nearly 35-year history.
Fireproof Short North is now open at 1026 N. High St. (formerly Pies & Pints). Featuring hand-crafted cocktails and globally inspired tapas by chef Michael Koenig, the new restaurant and bar takes its name from its historic building on High Street.
Chicago’s Forbidden Root Restaurant and Brewery, a botanical brewery inspired by elements found in nature, formally announced plans last week to expand into Columbus. The 12,000-square foot restaurant and brewery is expected to open in November at Easton Town Center’s north end as part of a $500-million development project. In addition to hops, yeast and grain, Forbidden Root uses other natural ingredients such as herbs, flowers, roots, stems and nuts to develop flavor.
The Columbus Food Truck Fest returns for its ninth year, taking place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17. The free event runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days, offering attendees the chance to sample food from more than 60 food trucks along the banks of the Scioto River. Other highlights include arts and crafts vendors, family activities, live music on two stages and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Great Duck Race. Visit columbusfoodtruckfest.com to see a list of participating trucks.
The Cooking Channel’s “Man V. Food” visited Columbus recently (the episode aired on Tuesday but you can still watch reruns). The local spots featured on the show are Valter’s at the Maennerchor, Cazuela’s Grill and Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace.
Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant has closed its Easton location at 3950 Gramercy St.
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