The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
Cleaver, a sibling restaurant to Grandview’s The Butcher & Grocer, is set to replace The Old Spot at 1099 W. First Ave. in Grandview. As the name implies, Cleaver will wield a meat-centric menu, with proteins sourced exclusively from Ohio farmers and makers whenever possible. The Butcher & Grocer’s owner, Tony Tanner, and Matt Evans, an investor in the butcher shop, are behind the new restaurant. The pair previously partnered with chef Rick Lopez on The Old Spot, which permanently closed in June because of the pandemic. Cleaver will not open to dine-in customers right away, but it will be offering tickets to private dinner party experiences, set to commence in August. Set to lead the kitchen is Jay Kleven, most recently the executive chef at Rockmill Tavern.
Columbus City Council is preparing to vote this evening on a new public health ordinance that will require bars, restaurants and nightclubs to close by 10 p.m. The new order is aimed at slowing community spread of the novel coronavirus. Citing a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Andrew Ginther and the Columbus Public Health commissioner announced the new order on Friday.
Pattycake Bakery (3009 N. High St.) has reopened for the first time since closing in mid-March because of the pandemic. The vegan bakery is offering contactless ordering only, with curbside carry-out and local delivery options. Preorders are now being accepted on Pattycake’s website. The bake shop will begin taking cake orders on Thursday, July 30.
Clintonville sandwich shop A Common Table closed for good on Friday, according to a post on the café’s website. Owners Josh and Kristen Taylor opened the small café at 3496 N. High St. in February 2019.
Vietnamese and Laotian restaurant Indochine Café has permanently closed its dining room and switched to a takeout-only model, including online ordering and a drive-thru window. The mom-and-pop restaurant opened 15 years ago at 561 S. Hamilton Rd. on the East Side.
Buckeye Donuts (1998 N. High St.) across from the Ohio State campus was robbed at gunpoint around 5 a.m. last Thursday. Kudos to the night manager who, based on this surveillance video of the robbery, has nerves of steel. A $2,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the thief’s arrest.
Chef Olivia Hamann has taken the reins as the new head chef at Speck Italian Eatery in Delaware, following a stint at SeeSaw. Speck, the sister restaurant to Josh Dalton’s 1808 American Bistro and Veritas, is currently open for dine-in and carry-out at 15 E. Winter St.
Matt the Miller’s Tavern in Grandview will likely not reopen, says the president of CLB Restaurants, the group that owns Matt the Miller’s and Tucci’s. Reached by phone Thursday, Craig Barnum said his company is looking to relocate the restaurant to Upper Arlington or the surrounding vicinity, though a deal is not yet in place. Read more about Matt the Miller’s potential move here.