Food News: Judge blocks 10 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants; Law Bird's owners launch Boxwood Biscuit Co.

Erin Edwards
A biscuit sandwich from Boxwood Biscuit Co.

A new city ordinance requiring Columbus bars, nightclubs and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. was blocked Tuesday afternoon by a Franklin County judge, just hours before it was expected to go into effect. The new public health order was aimed at slowing community spread of COVID-19.Columbus City Council voted on the order Monday night, and a group of bars and restaurants that oppose the action, including Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Pins Mechanical Co., filed suit Tuesday. Opponents said the order would doom small businesses that are already barely scraping by because of the pandemic. Common Pleas Judge Mark Serrott granted a 14-day restraining order blocking the city’s restrictions.

Annie and Luke Pierce, the masterminds behindLaw Bird, are launching a food venture calledBoxwood Biscuit Co. The new pop-up will operate out of the Law Bird kitchen on Saturday and Sunday mornings. To create the Boxwood menu, the pair partnered with The Market Italian Village’s executive chef, Tyler Minnis, who developed Boxwood’s biscuit recipe, sandwiches and breakfast bowls. Brunch-style cocktails will also be available for pairing with Boxwood’s menu items, and the couple is developing a house cold brew using Thunderkiss Coffee. The launch of Boxwood comes on the heels of the Pierces completely revamping Law Bird’s business model around to-go cocktails and retail wine bottle sales. “If successful, Boxwood helps pay the rent and fixed costs that Law Bird incurs, as well as gives us a new brand to grow post-COVID,” the owners said via email. “We look at this as a way to continue to move forward, not just tread water as a business.” Law Bird’s grab-n-go market for cocktails, wine and snacks will continue to run out of the bar’s storefront at740 S. High St. Meanwhile, Boxwood will operate out of Law Bird’s side door, and guests picking up their orders will not enter the building. Stay tuned for an opening date.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is closing two of its Central Ohio locations for good. The scoop shops in Powell (8 N. Liberty St.) and Bexley (2156 E. Main St.) will not reopen, according to media reports. Both locations have also been removed from the Jeni’s website. Jeni’s continues to operate eight locations in Central Ohio, though the seasonal shop at Downtown’s Columbus Commons has yet to open this year.

Speaking of the Columbus Commons, Winans Chocolates + Coffees announced on social media that it will close its Downtown shop at216 S. High St. after a 3-year run. Its last day will be August 7. The Piqua, Ohio-based chocolatier and coffee roaster cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the closure. Winans’ other Central Ohio locations in German Village, Grandview Yard and Dublin will remain open. 

An Australia-based restaurant calledGreenhouse Canteen + Baris poised to open a Columbus location soon, its first U.S. outpost. The plant-based eatery will fill the space vacated by Pokeworks at 1011 W. Fifth Ave. A sampling of menu items includejackfruit enchiladas, mushroom burgers and cauliflower wings.

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen(247 King Ave.) is holding a pop-market outside of the restaurant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Visitors can expect produce from Hershberger’s Farm, bread from Cincinnati’s Sixteen Bricks Bakery, wine, local honey, maple syrup and a selection of imported and domestic meats and cheeses. Attendees are asked to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.