Food News: Ampersand coming to the Short North; OH Pizza & Brew to replace Stack'd

Erin Edwards
eedwards@columbusmonthly.com
DogHouse

Restaurateur Megan Ada is bringing a new fast-casual ramen and sushi concept to the Short North. Ada, who also owns Asterisk Supper Club and Sunny Street CafeWesterville, plans to open Ampersand Asian Supper Club inside the new Brunner Buildingat940 N. High St. by the end of 2018. The 50-seat, 2,000-square-foot eatery will feature bookshelves in keeping with a theme started by its sister restaurant, Asterisk. Ampersandwill also feature a full sake bar, sake-based cocktails and Japanese whiskeys and beers.

OH Pizza & Brew ownerLuke Edwards says his pizzeria at the corner of Chestnut and Third streetswill soon relocate closer to the heart of Downtown.The casual pizzeria will make a fresh startat88 E. Broad St., most recently home toStack'd.Edwards says he was unable to reach an agreement with his current landlord, and the restaurant has experienced a string of bad luck at the250 N. Third St. location, including remodeling delays and a recent armed robbery.

BrewDog fans can soon sleep where they drink.The DogHouse, BrewDog USA's much publicized craft beer hotel, opens Monday, Aug. 27. The new 32-room hotel is located next to the Scottish brewery's U.S. headquarters in Canal Winchester. Some of the hotel's amenities include: a tap in every room featuringBrewDog's Punk IPA; a mini-bar in the shower; and even a luxury suite boasting an IPA-filled hot tub (mmm, ok).

Tostadalicious, a fast-casualMexican concept, is expected to open this week at 20 S. State St. in Uptown Westerville. The restaurant from ownerJose Becerra is a relocation and rebrand of Phatt Taco, which closed last year in Downtown Columbus.Becerra says the menu will largely remain the same, with a greater emphasis on tostadas and Mexican dishes on the lighter, more healthful end of the spectrum. Becerra is looking at adding a second location in Polaris.

Sammy's on 5th has replaced the Toledo-based burger spotBar 145at 955 W. Fifth Ave. in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood.

Dine Originals Columbushas reversed plans to discontinue itsdiscounted gift certificate program after an outcry from customers. The organization, which works to support locally owned restaurants, plans to continue the quarterly gift certificate sale for now. Sign up to receive notifications at dineoriginalscolumbus.com.

Piada Italian Street Foodis offering a back-to-school offer for teachers this week. Teachers can receive a buy-one-get-one-free entree by showing their faculty ID at any Piada location through Friday, Aug. 24.

Romeo's Pizza recently opened at 2207 Stringtown Rd. in Grove City.

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