Food News: Bake Me Happy's Letha Pugh honored for LGBTQ+ advocacy

Erin Edwards
eedwards@columbusmonthly.com
Bake Me Happy co-owners Letha Pugh, left, and Wendy Miller Pugh

This week, the City of Columbus named Bake Me Happy co-founderLetha Pughthe2020 Steven Shellabarger Illuminator Award recipient for her leadership in promoting LGBTQ+ rights. In 2001, Pugh foundedBlack, Out & Proud, a nonprofit organization that provides “advocacy, education and inspiration for and by the Black LGBTQ+ community.” Pugh was honored by city leaders on Monday during the virtual City Hall Pride Illumination.

Mid City Garage is now serving cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches at 1179 Jaeger St. in Merion Village.Housed in a former auto repair shop, the bar and pizzeria is the latest concept from restaurateurGeorge Tanchevski, who also owns Local Cantina, South Village Grille, Jonys Sushi and Old Skool.

Willowbeez SoulVeg is hosting its annualCelebrating Fathers event from 3 to 7 p.m.Sunday, June 21, at MPACC Box Park (925 Mt. Vernon Ave.). Fathers and father figures are invited to enjoy free food from Willowbeez andCan’t Believe It’s Vegan. Masks and social distancing will be encouraged.

A worldwide bake sale calledBakers Against Racism is taking place this week. Launched by Washington D.C.-based chefsRob Rubba, Willa Lou Pelini and Paola Velez, the effortinvited bakeries around the country (and now the world) to join in the bake sale, with proceeds going to charities that supportBlack lives. A few local bakeries participating includeDough Mama,Ohio Pies andPistacia Vera. Orders are being accepted now.

The main dining room atWolf’s Ridge Brewing(215 N. Fourth St.) will welcome dine-in customers again beginning Thursday, June 18, with some coronavirus-conscious changes. The Downtown restaurant and brewery will serve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.Thursday through Saturday and brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are required, diners will be required to wear masks when not seated, and the restaurant has placed 6-foot-by-6-foot partitions between tables. Wolf’s Ridge is also switching to a four-course, prix fixe menu. For now, the taproom will remain closed for dine-in, but carryout is still available. 

Several other local restaurants have announced reopenings. Here are a handful: 

  • Bexley’sGiuseppe’s Ritrovo (2268 E. Main St.) is now serving dine-in customers.

  • After being closed since mid-March, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace(248 S. Fourth St.)reopens today for carryout and delivery only.

  • Cameron Mitchell’sLincoln Social Rooftop (711 N. High St.) will welcome guests again starting today. Meanwhile, CMR’sDel Mar SoCal Kitchen,The Guild House andMartini Modern Italian will reopen their dining rooms on Tuesday, June 23.

  • Upper Arlington’sSOW Plated(1625 W. Lane Ave.) resumes dine-in service Thursday, June 18.