Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news
The Cincinnati-based creative group Gorilla Cinema is bringing a Pan Am-themed cocktail pop up to Franklinton in celebration of the golden era of aviation. (For you youngsters, Pan American World Airways was founded in 1927 and became the largest international carrier in the United States, reaching its peak in the ’60s and ’70s; the airline folded in 1991.) The experience will take place Dec. 12-23 at 401 W. Rich St. Guests will be invited to purchase a ticket to a “flight” on one of the airline’s Pan Am Clippers with service to Havana, London, Hawaii, the Moon or the North Pole. Tickets ($65) include a seat in the ’60s-inspired Layover Lounge, two destination-themed cocktails and a small gift. First class upgrades are available. Gorilla Cinema hosted a similar pop up in October at Cincinnati’s Tokyo Kitty karaoke bar. Make your reservation for the December event here.
Last Call State Liquor Agency, located at 777 Neil Ave. in the former Giant Eagle, is set to close, according to an employee at the agency. A last day of operation was not immediately available.
Watershed Distillery’s family-friendly Nocino Fest will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in celebration of the distillery’s barrel-finished nocino. Attendees will get the chance to tour the distillery (1145 Chesapeake Ave.) and learn about the nocino production process. Watershed Kitchen & Bar will be serving small bites and nocino-infused treats and cocktails will be available for purchase. Learn more about the event here.
Finally, if you’d like to leave the Thanksgiving cooking up to the professionals next week, here is a sampling of options for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28:Easton’s Smith & Wollensky steakhouse (4145 The Strand W) will offer a traditional Thanksgiving menu for $65 per adult ($29 per child). The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar (50 W. Broad St.) will have a Thanksgiving buffet featuring traditional dishes plus chilled seafood and carving stations. The German Village icon Lindey’s (169 E. Beck St.) will serve a special Thanksgiving menu with maple-brined turkey and green bean casserole as well as regular menu items such as angel hair pasta and filet mignon. Tucci’s in Dublin (35 N. High St.) will offer a three-course Thanksgiving menu for $50. Guests at The Guild House (624 N. High St.) can order from a four-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving Day menu; the Short North restaurant’s regular lunch and dinner menus will also be available. Cameron Mitchell Premier Events is offering “Thanksgiving in a Box,” a fully cooked holiday meal for 10 that comes with heating instructions. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.