Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Easton Town Center's new brewpub, Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery (4080 Worth Ave.), will open its doors to the public at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. The 12,000-square-foot botanical brewery and restaurant, which is headquartered in Chicago, is part of Easton's $500 million expansion on the shopping development's north end. The brewpub's executive chef is Paul Yow, formerly of Barcelona, Hae Paul’s and Biscuit & Branch.

Kirin Noddle Bar, a new option for noodle dishes and dim sum, is now serving out of Chatime (4227 N. High St.) in Clintonville. In addition to Chatime’s bubble teas and smoothies, customers can order from a menu that includes pork xiao long bao (steamed soup dumplings), braised beef noodle soup and dan dan noodles.

A Michigan-based eatery called Noodle Topia is coming soon to 7541 Sawmill Rd., formerly Mimian Asian Grill in Dublin. The Chinese spot serves a small menu of handmade noodle dishes and dim sum.

The Short North space that recently housed Fabian’s pizzeria will soon be a paint-and-sip studio called Pinot’s Palette, a national chain based in Texas. The new business at 691 N. High St. is targeting a January opening. A second Central Ohio location of Pinot’s Palette is under construction in Powell.

The expertise of two local bartenders was highlighted in national publications recently. For boozy gift giving, David Yee, beverage director at Oddfellows Liquor Bar, recommended a local gin for Food & Wine. Yee was also featured recently in this Q&A by Punch.com. And at Imbibe, beverage director Josh Gandee of Watershed Kitchen & Bar talks about the restaurant’s non-alcoholic riff on the classic negroni, the Senza Gas N/Agroni. Ordering one at Watershed this season will help raise funds for Ben’s Friends.

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