The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
Grove City-based Dragon Donuts has expanded to Grandview, opening a second shop last Friday at 1288 W. Fifth Ave. The new spot offers a variety of yeast doughnuts as well as made-to-order cake doughnuts in flavors ranging from classic glaze to maple and bacon to Fluffernutter. Dragon’s third location will open at Easton Town Center later this year.
J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes is expected to open this week at 1540 Parsons Ave., next to another South Side newcomer, The Pit BBQ Grille. Founder Juana Williams previously operated J’s Sweet Treats out of her home. The full-service bakery will offer cupcakes, scones and other treats for carryout while also handling special occasion cake orders.
The ice cream shop Cookie Dough Creamery has shuttered at 7227 N. High St. in The Shops at Worthington Place.
The Ohio Restaurant Association held its annual industry awards celebration last weekend at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Kamal Boulos, owner of Refectory Restaurant and Wine Shop, took home one of ORA’s most prestigious awards: the Claude F. Morton Lifetime Achievement Award.
Here are some of the other local awardees:Bake Me Happy’s Letha Pugh was honored with the Rising Star Award, recognizing emerging leaders in the food service industry. Freedom a la Cart CEO Paula Haines was named this year’s recipient of the Nourishing the Community Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions through community service or charitable involvement. Zach James of the Central Ohio Food Truck Association and Paddy Wagon Food Truck was the recipient of the Industry Innovator Award, recognizing those who apply creative approaches resulting in the growth or transformation of their business.