The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Chef BJ Lieberman, the interim executive chef at Freedom a la Cart, and his wife, Bronwyn, announced yesterday on social media that they’ve signed a lease to open their own restaurant, called Chapman’s Eat Market. Chef Lieberman is a newcomer to Columbus, having moved here from Washington D.C. where he ran two Michelin-starred restaurants, Rose’s Luxury and Little Pearl. Chapman’s will replace Wunderbar and Pierogi Mountain at 739 S. Third St. in German Village, the site of the original Max & Erma’s. The name is a homage to Chapman’s Poultry Market, a longtime Clintonville business run by Bronwyn’s great grandfather. Depending on how the COVID-19 crisis plays out, the couple plans to open the restaurant this summer. You can follow their progress on Instagram @eatchapmans.

Eat Up! Columbus, Freedom a la Cart’s annual fundraising event, has switched to a virtual format in response to Ohio’s stay-at-home order. The newly dubbed Eat In Columbus takes place Saturday, April 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. Freedom a la Cart is a local nonprofit organization that works to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking. To learn more and purchase tickets to the virtual event, visit

The Bottle Shop Bar & Market (237 King Ave.) has launched a new wine club. A curated selection of wines are available for delivery at The shop’s selection ranges from packs of everyday table wines to 12-packs of high-end wines, with an emphasis on natural wines. Bottle Shop gift cards are also available for use when the bar reopens to the public.  

The annual Whitehall Food Truck & Fun Fest has been canceled for 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The festival was scheduled for July 25. Meanwhile, the City of Whitehall and its partners are offering free boxed meals to those in need from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The new program is possible through a partnership between World Central Kitchen, Scotty’s Cafe, the City of Whitehall, Faith Lutheran Church, New Life Church and other community organizations. Learn more here.  

Worthington’s Sassafras Bakery (657 High St.) has temporarily closed. In a Facebook post, owner AJ Perry says the bakery/café plans to reopen soon after a break.