Food News: The Old Spot shuts down after a year; Milestone 229 sets reopening date

Erin Edwards
The Old Spot, which is now closed

The Old Spot, a collaboration between chef Rick Lopez and Tony Tanner of The Butcher and Grocer, has closed permanently after only a year. In an announcement, the owners cited the pandemic as the reason behind the closure, but Tanner and Butcher & Grocer investor Matt Evans plan to reopen with a new concept that is closely aligned with the neighboring butcher shop. The Old Spot opened in June 2019, replacing Harvest Tavern & Pizzeria, which filled the space for less than a year

The Scioto Mile restaurant Milestone 229 (229 Civic Center Dr.) will welcome dine-in guests again beginning on Wednesday, July 8. Reservations are required for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch; carry-out and curbside pickup will also be available. Milestone suspended service in mid-March because of the pandemic, then was forced to postpone its June 1 opening after the building suffered serious damage during the Downtown protests. 

We have more details aboutEmmett’s Café, which we reported about on Monday. The new Brewery District breakfast and lunch spot is expected to open this fall at 744 S. High St.“This won’t be your classic coffee shop that may have some pastries on the front counter,” said co-owner Ben Kelley in a press release. “Our goal is to create a cafe experience that combines a superior coffee program with healthier food options in a laid-back environment.” Customers can expect menu items like breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast and falafel wraps, plus a solid coffee program run by barista veteran Robin Myers. He most recently ran the beverage program at Pistacia Vera. 

Law Bird’s business continues to evolve amid the pandemic. The Brewery District cocktail and wine bar at 740 S. High St. will operate as a grab-and-go market for the time being. Starting today, the bar’s shelves will be stocked with wine, sake, vermouth, to-go cocktails and some of the owners’ favorite international snacks.Law Bird’s hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday this week.

Watershed Distillery’s Four Peel Festis taking place now through Friday, July 3. Typically a daylong block party, this year Watershed is throwing a weeklong celebration of gin, featuring a variety of online demos, recipes and more. The culminating event takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, when the distillery’s Chesapeake Avenue bottle shop hosts a drive-thru festival and curbside bottle release of Bourbon Barrel Four Peel Gin.Learn more here.

Food trucks are returning toJohn F. Wolfe Columbus Commons starting Thursday, July 9. The food trucks Cupzilla Korean Barbeque, Fetty's Street Food, Pitabilities and Queen's Table will be parked at the Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preordering is available throughStreet Food Finder and walk-up orders will not be accepted.

In theOhio Restaurant Association’s latest Business Impact poll conducted from June 26-30, 77 percent of restaurant respondents have reopened their dining rooms. Meanwhile, 10.5 percent of respondents plan to reopen their dining rooms soon, and 12 percent do not plan to open their dining rooms at this time. The poll also found that 32 percent of respondents think that their sales will break even this year.