Food News: Jackie O’s plans multi-tiered patio Downtown; LemonShark opens in Easton

The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

By Erin Edwards
Plans for the outdoor patio at Jackie O's on Fourth Street in Downtown Columbus

The Athens brewery Jackie O’s is set to appear Tuesday before the Columbus Downtown Development Commission to present its ambitious patio plans at 171 N. Fourth St. The proposed outdoors space for Jackie O’s on Fourth would take over part of the existing surface lot at the corner of North Fourth and Spring streets.

The brewpub’s two-story patio, designed by local architecture firm Design Collective, would include features such as a shipping container bar, a mezzanine, fire pits and a large mural. In November, Jackie O’s opened a beer shop next door at 165 N. 4th St., replacing Elevator Brewing Co. View Jackie O’s patio plans here.  

Plans for seating area at a proposed outdoor patio at Jackie O's Fourth Street location in Downtown Columbus

LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill’s first Ohio location debuts on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 3969 Merchants Row in Easton Town Center. The sibling concepts, LemonShark and Makai, are being combined under one roof to offer both fast-casual and full-service dining experiences, featuring sushi-grade fish (poke) and hibachi-style grilled meats. LemonShark originated in Southern California in 2016 and began franchising the following year. The fast-growing Hawaiian-inspired concept currently has 14 locations in five states.

“We’re thrilled to introduce our passion to the Greater Columbus area and to join the Easton family,” said the location’s co-owner Sherry Whay in a press release. “As a local female business owner and OSU alumna, this community has provided me so many opportunities. It’s our goal, by means of this restaurant, to give back in a variety of ways.” 

Cachapas, arepas and pabellón criollo are on the menu at Cilantro Latin Bistro, a new Venezuelan food truck parked at 993 King Ave. The new truck also offers a variety of beverages such as Toddy (Venezuelan-style chocolate milk) and fresh fruit juices.  

There’s one week left to snag some perks from Boxwood Biscuit Co.’s crowdfunding campaign. The forthcoming Short North eatery is offering coffee mugs, meal passes, one year of Boxwood’s house cold brew and more. 

We have a few pandemic-related reopenings to report. Alpine Restaurant & Bar (525 S. Fourth St.) and its adjacent sister restaurant, El Lugar, have re-emerged after a month-long hiatus. Meanwhile, Downtown’s Dempsey's Food & Spirits (346 S. High St.) will reopen for business on March 9, its ninth anniversary. The Downtown Irish pub and restaurant has been closed since November.