The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
Blend Café + Bakery is now open at Columbus State Community College’s new Mitchell Hall, located at 250 Cleveland Ave. Offering sandwiches, soups, pastries and more, the cafe is almost entirely run by students. The Mid-Ohio Market, a collaboration between CSCC and the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, also opened earlier this month at 400 Grove St. The market works to combat food insecurity among local residents and students who have household incomes at less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or less than $25,000 for an individual.
As Columbus CEO reported in its November cover story, Watershed Distillery co-founder Dave Rigo has sold his ownership interest in the distillery and become the CEO of Saddleberk, a heritage pork venture founded by his Watershed co-founder Greg Lehman, along with Ed Hardin and John Sommers. Some clients carrying Saddleberk’s Berkshire pork include Kroger and area restaurants such as Watershed Kitchen & Bar, M at Miranova and The Guild House.
Downtown’s final Food Truck Food Court of the season takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Columbus Commons. Participating food trucks include Aloha Aina, Fetty’s Street Food, The Little Kitchen, Preston’s: A Burger Joint, Redwood Wagon and more.
The new Short North spot SeeSaw recently added brunch to its lineup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant and bar is the work of James Beard Award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer and Forward Hospitality Group. View the SeeSaw brunch menu here.
The Royal Fern, a neighborhood bar and grill-themed pop up from the creative minds of Josh Gandee and Chris Manis (aka Historic Revelry LLC), will be in action from 8 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Antiques on High (714 S. High St.). For this Halloween event, the bartenders will be mixing up throwback cocktails such as the Tequila Sunrise a la TGI Fridays or Max & Erma’s.
A newcomer to the Columbus food scene, Tacos Rudos, is holding a pop-up dinner at Bonifacio (1577 King Ave.) on Monday, Nov. 4. Check out the details here. The new taqueria will be previewing its tacos al pastor, fish tacos and more. Tacos Rudos and Bonifacio will be joining Budd Dairy Food Hall in Italian Village next year.