The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
The North Market Development Authority, the nonprofit that operates the Arena District market, announced four new merchants today for its forthcoming North Market Bridge Park, which is expected to open this summer. Two of the Spruce Street market’s existing vendors, Black Radish Creamery and Dos Hermanos, will add second locations up north. Meanwhile, Flowers & Bread and Falafel Kitchen will join as newcomers to the market. "This group of merchants embody what North Market stands for: local, fresh, authentic and diverse," said North Market's executive director Rick Harrison Wolfe in a press release. The new Dublin market will have space for 18 merchants, including pop-up vendors.
The Pit BBQ Grille debuted its second Central Ohio location this weekend at 1542 Parsons Ave. The restaurant offers pulled pork, rib tips, Polish Boy sausage sandwiches, sides and more. The new location also features a bar. Co-owners Bryant Browning, Chimdi Chekwa — both former Ohio State football players — Mike Johnson and D’Andre Martin opened their first dine-in restaurant in 2016 at 3545 Cleveland Ave. in North Linden.
Down the street from The Pit, Scotty Niemet, the founder of the bygone Columbus dance party Sweatin’, is opening an LGBTQA- and vegan-friendly bar called Daddy’s at 1071 Parsons Ave., previously The Highball Tavern. The public soft opening takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 15, followed by a grand opening Feb. 20-23. Niemet’s new bar will feature vegan-friendly food trucks, beers, wines and cocktails. Vegan food truck Seitan’s Realm will be on the scene every Friday from 5 to 10 p.m.
A Michigan-based chicken wings chain called Wing Snob opened its first Ohio location last week at 7370 Sawmill Rd. The menu includes hormone-free boneless and traditional chicken wings (as well as cauliflower wings) with a variety of sauces and dry rubs from which to choose. A second location is coming to 5179 N. High St. in Clintonville, formerly Marco’s Pizza. This is not to be confused with Wing Squad (though who could blame you), which is a delivery-only service that just launched in Columbus. Customers can order wings, sides and sweets from Wing Squad via services such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates.
Downtown Granville’s casual lunch spot Eat Up has reopened under new ownership with a slightly revised menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. Eat Up Is located above Whit's Frozen Custard at 138 Broadway E.