The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Echo Spirits Distilling Co. will release its much anticipated genever on Monday, Nov. 2. (Perfect timing for Election Day.) A rarity in Columbus, genever is a distilled malted spirit that’s sometimes referred to as Dutch gin. Co-founder Joe Bidinger describes it as “a hybrid between gin and malt whiskey.” You can pick up a bottle at the distillery’s bottle shop at 985 W. Sixth Ave. in Fifth by Northwest. Read Columbus Monthly’s interview with the Echo Spirits’ co-founders here. 

A new Mediterranean café and bakery called Olive & Thyme is coming soon to 4519 N. High St., site of a former Panera Bread in Clintonville. According to the restaurant’s website, a November grand opening is in the works.

On Tuesday, Columbus-based Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea opened its new flagship coffeehouse at 4066 Worth Ave. The Easton shop will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 

A new delivery-only restaurant called Red Rabbit Ramen is setting up inside the CloudKitchens facility on Essex Avenue. The expected opening date is Nov. 18. 

Franklinton’s Land-Grant Brewing (424 W. Town St.) is planning a European-style holiday market, starting on Black Friday (Nov. 27) and running every weekend through Christmas Eve (Dec. 24). The open-air, socially distanced market will feature a beer garden, local vendors and “keg curling.” Visit landgrantbrewing.com/holiday-market to learn more. The brewery is currently accepting applications from local makers.

The Dublin rooftop restaurant and bar Vaso (6540 Riverside Dr.) is gearing up for winter. On Sunday, Nov. 1, the restaurant’s seasonal dining igloos will make a return, offering a private, snow globe-like experience complete with fur-covered chairs and blankets. Click here for details.