Food News: Northstar Cafe staffers hold walkout; Pierogi Mountain to take over former Grass Skirt space

Erin Edwards
eedwards@columbusmonthly.com
NorthStar Café

Some Northstar Café employees walked out in protest over the weekend after the restaurant’s owners overruled a staff decision to end the restaurant’s 50 percent discount for uniformed officers and firefighters. The walkout comes amid global protests condemning racism and police brutality. The Northstar rift follows a similar episode a week ago at Condado Tacos, in which employees walked out after being asked to fill an order placed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.Read more here.

The Downtown Cuban eatery Plantain Café (77 E. Gay St.) appears to have closed after more than 10 years in business. The small café, which had been listed for sale prior to the coronavirus pandemic, has been emptied out, and its phone number has been disconnected. A Gay Street neighbor of the café confirmed the decision. Owners Don and Anna Steere, who could not be reached for comment, helped revitalize Gay Street whenPlantain Café opened in 2009, serving up classics like ropa vieja and Cuban sandwiches.

Pierogi Mountain announced that it’s taking over the former Grass Skirt Tiki Room space at 105 N. Grant Ave. This will be the first stand-alone restaurant for owners MattMajesky and Charlie Greene.In March,Pierogi Mountain pulled out of the kitchen at Wunderbar in German Village, which has since closed permanently.The owners are targeting an August opening.

Several local groups are teaming upon Sunday, June 14,forCBUS Truckside, adrive-thrufood truck rally. The volunteer organizationCan’t Stop Columbus is partneringwith 614 Day Columbus, Ohio Food Truck Rally, StreetFoodFinder.com and Columbus Crew SC for therally, which will take place at Mapfre Stadium from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Preordering goes live 72 hours before the event atstreetfoodfinder.com/OFTR614Day. Learn more atohiofoodtruckrally.com.

A new retail bakery called Bakes by Lo made its debut over the weekend at 5354 Center St. inside Hilliard’s new Center Street Market. Baker Laura Young specializes in decorated sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, granola and more. 

North High Brewing reopens today at 1288 N. High St. in the Short North. The taproom will unveil a new food menu featuring Bavarian pretzels, wings, salads and sandwiches. A Dublin location is expected to open this month at 56 N. High St., formerly Brazenhead.

Hot Chicken Takeover’s Easton shop (4198 Worth Ave.) resumes business today after shutting down for more than two months. The location is offering curbside carryout and patio seating only. Orders may be placed on-site or by calling in. 

Barcelona (263 E. Whittier St.) is open again with new hours. The longtime tapas restaurant in German Village will serve dinner daily and is adding Sunday brunch service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clintonville’sA Common Table (3496 N. High St.) reopened last week after being closed since March. The café’s new menu features boxed lunches with a variety of wraps from which to choose.