The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Short North Coffee House has closed its doors at 1203 N. High St. and will be replaced by Happy Little Treats, a vegan bakery and coffee shop that is relocating from a smaller space just down the street. Stay tuned for an opening date and new menu options.

An employee of Local Cantina has brought a potential class-action lawsuit against the Tex-Mex restaurant chain and its owner, George Tanchevski, alleging that, since May 2020, credit card tips have not been paid out to tipped workers, nor were the workers paid overtime. In a statement on Local Cantina’s website, Tanchevski stated that after reopening the restaurants following the dine-in ban, Local Cantina began paying its workers more than they made pre-pandemic. “I can say with confidence that every single staff member has financially benefited from the plan. We are reviewing the situation now, and it may be that we failed to comply with some technical aspect of the law,” the statement said. “If that is the case, then that is my error.”

Some local establishments were forced to shut down recently for deep cleaning. Stauf’s Coffee Roasters in Grandview, Local Cantina in the Brewery District, Barcelona in German Village, Katalina's Clintonville, Lincoln Social, The Pearl Dublin and The Rossi Kitchen + Bar all recently announced that they were closing temporarily after an employee at each tested positive for Covid-19. And in a post on social media, Standard Hall announced that one of its employees had tested positive, disclosing that the employee had been in contact with staffers at two of Corso Ventures’ other restaurants, Short North Pint House and Goody Boy. All three restaurants were apparently shutting down for cleaning, but then Standard Hall mysteriously deleted the announcement. 

The annual Taste of New Albany plans to move forward this year, with fewer attendees and a new outdoor venue. The event is set to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Rose Run Park, which is located behind the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Tickets are now on sale.