The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
The Crispy Coop, a new fried chicken venture from the owners of Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken, opened Saturday at 1717 Northwest Blvd. in Fifth by Northwest. The owners shuttered Uncle Nick’s last year at 1333 Northwest Blvd. in preparation for the move to the former Acre space. The new restaurant offers the same fried chicken and Texas potatoes (aka jojos) as Uncle Nick’s, as well as new offerings such as chicken sandwiches and Nashville-style hot chicken. The restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
A fast-casual Mediterranean spot called Shawerma Bite is now open at 12 E. 16th Ave., across from Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts. Customers can choose to build a wrap or a bowl using falafel, shawarma, beef kebab or shish tawook (grilled chicken) as the base.
The rooftop restaurant and bar Vaso (6540 Riverside Dr.) launched a revamped brunch service this weekend. The new menu, offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, features dishes such as chilaquiles, stuffed French toast, chorizo hash and more. A mimosa and bloody mary service is also available.
The Max & Erma’s at 1317 Hamilton Rd. in Gahanna closed last month and its memorabilia, kitchen equipment and furniture are being auctioned off. It’s the latest development in the slow decline of the regional burger chain, which was founded in Columbus in 1972 by Todd Barnum and Barry Zacks. The original Max & Erma’s in German Village closed in 2017.
Huong Vietnamese Restaurant (1270 Morse Rd.) is temporarily closed for vacation and will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.