Food News: La Plaza Tapatia sets opening for new West Side grocery

The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Erin Edwards
La Plaza Tapatia's new supermarket on Georgesville Road features parking for multiple food trucks.

A long-planned upgrade for a West Side grocery store is finally coming to fruition. La Plaza Tapatia’s new 44,000-square-foot international market is set to open on Wednesday, March 24, at 255 Georgesville Rd., according to a post on the grocery’s Facebook page. The new market is located just around the corner from its current location on Shoppers Lane. The Latino supermarket will feature a bakery, paleteria, prepared foods, coffee shop, bar and a parking area for multiple food trucks. The grocery’s owners, Gustavo and Griselda Salazar, purchased 7 acres of land for the project back in March 2017, according to the Dispatch

The new PINS Mechanical Co./16-Bit Bar + Arcade behemoth at Easton Town Center is set to open its doors on Thursday, March 4. Located at 4117 Worth Ave., the new bar-meets-adult playground covers more than 38,000-square-feet and features duckpin bowling, arcade games, pinball, patio pong and patios on two levels. The entertainment complex is Rise Brands’ largest to date. 

Budd Dairy (1086 N. Fourth St.) has announced its first pop-up vendor ahead of the food hall’s April 6 grand opening in Italian Village. The Cheesecake Girl will be the first business to operate out of the food hall’s rotating incubation kitchen, dubbed the “Hatch.” Samantha Strange founded her cheesecake business in 2017 and joined Hilliard’s Center Street Market (5354 Center St.) in 2019. In addition to Budd Dairy, The Cheesecake Girl is set to open a second permanent location in downtown Dublin this spring. “Samantha has established an impressive following for her delicious cheesecake desserts, and we look forward to helping her expand her customer-base even further while she operates in our Hatch incubation kitchen,” said Budd Dairy general manger Jeremy Hughes in a press release. The Cheesecake Girl will be the Hatch’s featured vendor through early July. 

Alive’s sister publication, Columbus Monthly, is partnering with Columbus Food Adventures on a pandemic-era version of the magazine’s annual Best New Restaurants event. The dine-at-home experience, taking place March 9-20, features surprise meals delivered from some of the best newcomers on the local dining scene. See which restaurants are participating and get your tickets here