Food News: CBC Restaurant closes; Blind Lady Tavern soon to follow

Erin Edwards
CBC Restaurant

Blind Lady Tavern announced via Facebook this week that it will close permanently on Saturday, Aug. 11. Its last dinner service will take place Aug. 10. Owner/bartender Seth Laufman's New Orleans-styled cocktail bar had a good run since opening in August of 2015, becoming an industry off-hours favorite. The tavern space, located at 22 E. Mound St. near the Franklin County Courthouse, is historic (the bar's building dates back to 1831) but has struggled to keep a tenant in recent years. Liz Lessner's The Jury Room occupied the space from 2010 to 2014, while Joe Milano's 1831 Tavern had a short run in 2015.

CBC Restaurant, formerly known as the Columbus Brewing Co. restaurant, closed last weekendat 525 Short St. after a 21-year run in the Brewery District.The owners/operators of CBC Restaurant had initially planned to close the business temporarily for renovations on Aug. 31. In a Facebook announcement, the restaurant said co-owner Doug Griggs has been in the hospital for months and is unable to remodel the restaurant and reopen as Oxbow on Short as originally planned.

Executive chef Silas Caeton announced on Instagram that this is his last week atCosecha Cocina, whichColumbus Monthly named one of itsBest New Restaurants in 2017. Caeton says he is “completely switching gears” and plans to join Kevin Crowley as a partner atThe Lox Bagel Shop, coming this fall. Chef Felix Rodriguez will take the reins at Cosecha.

Los GuachosTaqueria, known for itsauthentictacos al pastor,opened a new brick-and-mortar location—its third—last week at7370 Sawmill Rd. on the Northwest Side.

Pup owners have something to toast. On Monday, July 30, Gov. John Kasich signed a bill allowing restaurants and bars topermit dogs in outdoor eating areas. The establishments are still allowed to ban canines if they choose. The law goes into effect in October.

Challah Food Truck ended its run Wednesday, Aug. 1 (though you can still find Catie Randazzo's Challah menu at Woodlands Tavern), and will unveil a rebrandedPreston's Burgers truck on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Columbus Flea at Seventh Son Brewing Co.

After closing for a week in July for research and development,Veritas announced it's ending its nascent lunch service Thursday, Aug. 2. The Downtown restaurant is open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Cleveland celebrity chef Michael Symon'sB Spot recently closed at 5091 N. Hamilton Rd. in Gahanna. It follows two other closures in the burger chain's family, including locations in Detroit and Indianapolis.

Legacy Smokehouse has shuttered its stall inside theShort North Food Hall to focus on its new Greenlawn Avenue location and upcoming restaurant in Hilliard.

A Powell-areaChipotle made national news this week for the wrong reasons. As of Wednesday morning, Aug. 1,the Delaware General Health District had received 413 inquiries related to a possible foodborne illness outbreak at the fast-casual restaurant at 9733 Sawmill Pkwy. The location was closed on Monday and has since reopened after cleaning and inspection.

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