The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Palle by Moretti, Grandview’s meatball-centric restaurant, has closed at 1021 W. Fifth Ave. Reached by phone Monday morning, owner Tim Moretti said he plans to reopen but declined to discuss the new concept. Moretti also owns the Italian restaurant Moretti’s of Arlington. Palle, which means “balls” in Italian, opened in the mixed-use development The View on Fifth in 2016.

TownHall, a new-to-Columbus venture from Cleveland restaurateur Bobby George, is expected to open today at 792 N. High St. TownHall’s menu emphasizes healthful broths, smoothie, salads, grain bowls and entrees that cater to a variety of diets such as keto, vegan and gluten-free. Clocking in at 7,000-square-feet, the establishment features a café on one side, a full-service restaurant and bar on the other and a patio along High Street. The restaurant shares a new building with the Moxy hotel on a piece of real estate that was once home to Haiku restaurant.

Short North cocktail bar Monarch announced Sunday on social media that it would no longer operate at its current 700 N. High St. location. Owner Shawn Shahnazi told 10TV that the decision was due in part to the extra security expenses incurred by the business following a pair of shooting incidents.

City BBQ opened a New Albany location last week at 6280 E. Dublin Granville Rd. in Hamilton Quarter.

Andy Stone, an Oregon native, is the new head chef at Delaware’s Speck Italian Eatery, one of Josh Dalton’s trio of restaurants, including Veritas and 1808 American Bistro.

Over the weekend, the Greater Columbus Convention Center redirected more than $8,000 worth of perishable food meant for the Arnold Sports Festival to first responders in Nashville, which was hit by deadly tornadoes last week. The food was donated after the Arnold was closed last week to spectators amid the COVID-19 virus crisis. “While we were waiting for the press conference to start on Tuesday regarding the Arnold Sports Festival, all the news coverage was about the tornado in Nashville,” said Molly Dale, general manager for Levy, the GCCC’s food service provider, in a press release. “We thought that if the Arnold Sports Festival situation unfolds the way we think it will, we wanted something positive to happen to the food that could not be repurposed.”