Food News: Seitan's Realm opening vegan deli; Loose Rail kicked off Columbus Ale Trail

Erin Edwards
eedwards@columbusmonthly.com
Loose Rail Brewing in Canal Winchester

The plant-based food truckSeitan’s Realm announced that it will open a vegan deli in Clintonville. Owned by Amber and Kevin Ridenbaugh, Seitan’s Realm will fill the space vacated recently by A Common Table at3496 N. High St. For those unfamiliar, seitan is avegan meat substitute made from vital wheat gluten, not an evil fallen angel.

Canal Winchester’sLoose Rail Brewing and its sister businessHarvest Moon Craft Kitchen are being met with fierce social media backlash after one of the owners, Kelley Lehman Doerfler, posted an incendiary meme that appears to support the teenager who shot three Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week — killing two of them. Lehman Doerfler’s personal Facebook account and the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Loose Rail and Harvest Moon have since been deleted. On Saturday, theColumbus Ale Trail announced it was dropping Loose Rail from its lineup, citing the owner’s “extremely offensive post.” 

The longtime chef ofTony’s Italian RistoranteAntonio Stanley, died unexpectedly last week,according to The Columbus Dispatch. The paper reports that the Brewery District restaurant will be closed for 30 days to mourn and regroup, and that owner Tony Scartz is unsure about the restaurant’s future. Tony’s opened on Sept. 2, 1982, at 16 W. Beck St.

After being closed since March, Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktailsis expected to reopen this week at73 E. Gay St. It’s good news for Downtown, which has lost multiple businesses because of COVID-19, including Jack & Benny’s Downtown Diner, Plantain Cafe, One Line Coffee’s counter in the Huntington Center and Cafe Phenix Bistro.