The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
After being shuttered since March, Comune is serving plant-based fare again, with some big changes. For the next four weeks, the restaurant at 677 Parsons Ave. has pledged to donate 100 percent of its profits to The Columbus Freedom Fund, Columbus Freedom Coalition and BQIC (Black, Queer & Intersectional Collective). Comune is offering a limited carry-out menu for now, with bottled wines also available to go.
A new business called Emmett’s Cafe is coming to 744 S. High St., according to documentation from the city’s public health department. Longtime Columbus barista Robin Myers is involved with the new cafe, which neighbors Law Bird in the Brewery District. Stay tuned for more details about the new venture.
North Market Bridge Park in Dublin plans to begin a phased opening plan in late summer, with full occupancy expected by the end of 2020. The bazaar also announced two more merchants at its second location, Reuse Revolution and Lan Viet. Reuse Revolution, founded locally in 2018, will open its first brick-and-mortar retail space to sell biodegradable and reusable products. Lan Viet has been a longtime favorite of the original North Market, serving northern Vietnamese staples like pho, banh mi and bean sprout salads for a decade.
Following the news that Dough Mama would no longer be adding a second location at North Market Bridge Park, The Dispatch reported that Momo Ghar and Flowers & Bread have also backed out of joining the Dublin market, citing the pandemic. Momo Ghar owner Phuntso Lama told The Dispatch that she is focused instead on finding a location for a stand-alone restaurant.
The Meatball Mafia, a food truck touting Youngstown-style Italian eats, has grown into a brick-and-mortar location at Hilliard’s Center Street Market (5354 Center St.). It opened last week.
Bruster’s Ice Cream, a Pennsylvania-based chain of ice cream shops, recently made its Central Ohio debut at 1515 Gemini Place in Polaris.
Bake Me Happy will be featured on Facebook for Business’ new show, "Boost My Business," hosted by "Queer Eye’s" Tan France. The show will air on the Facebook Watch platform, and Bake Me Happy plans to hold a virtual watch party tonight at 6 p.m.