Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news.
Woodhouse Vegan is a pop-up no more. Woodhouse Vegan Café officially opens its stand-alone restaurant on Thursday, Oct. 10. Prior to opening the new café, located at 851 N. Fourth St. in Italian Village, entrepreneurs Cara, Nicole, Krista and Carla Woodhouse built a fan base during weekly pop-ups at Oddfellows Liquor Bar. In addition to vegan mac ’n’ cheese, quesadillas and other scratch vegan options, the new location features a liquor license.
Flatiron Tavern (129 E. Nationwide Blvd.), a Philly-inspired restaurant and bar from the owners of City Tavern, has replaced Flatiron Bar & Diner. The longstanding restaurant closed last year after nearly 30 years. The new menu features snacks, salads, burgers and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.
Filipino fare, Maine lobster rolls, Mexican street food, poke bowls and locally roasted coffee were the latest offerings announced last week by the forthcoming Budd Dairy Food Hall, which has pushed back its opening to early 2020. Joining four previously announced small businesses, the food hall’s final five vendors include Boni: Filipino Street Food (a spin-off of Bonifacio), Cousins Maine Lobster, Tacos Rudos, Pokebap and Stauf’s Coffee Roasters.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House makes its official return to the Columbus market today. Known for its USDA Prime beef, the high-end steakhouse fills the former Double Comfort and DeepWood restaurant spaces at 511 N. High St. in the Short North.
The Old North mainstay Cazuela’s Mexican Cantina debuted a second location last week at the Gateway–University District. The new restaurant is slinging margaritas at 1542 N. High St., formerly Mad Mex.
Whistle & Keg opened last Friday in the Arena District at 343 N. Front St. The Youngstown-based, “pour-your-own” taproom features 50 self-serve taps and a pub grub food menu. Mead, wine, cider and kombucha are also served.
Chuy’s, the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant, will open its doors Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 1481 Polaris Parkway. This makes two Chuy’s in Central Ohio, including an Easton location that opened in 2015.
The casual Short North pizzeria Fabian’s (691 N. High St.), known for its Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, has closed. Its sister business, Mac’s: A Proper Pub, recently reopened after a major makeover.