Food News: Three Bites Bakery coming to King-Lincoln; Dolly's ice cream drops

Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Erin Edwards
Pastries from Three Bites Bakery

Openings & Announcements 

Local baker Isabella Bonello announced that she plans to open her first brick-and-mortar bakery in the King-Lincoln District. Three Bites Bakery is expected to open in June at 999 Mt. Vernon Ave., a former salon. At her retail bakery, Bonello says she plans to stick with the kind of traditional-meets-modern baked goods she's been producing, but also hopes to add coffee, sandwiches and more pastries and cakes in general. Bonello was working in the corporate baking department at L Brands when her position was eliminated because of the pandemic last year. That's when Three Bites, Bonello’s side-gig cottage bakery, became her full-time focus. Bonello was one of eight “bakers without storefronts” profiled in Columbus Monthly’s December story on cottage and home bakeries. Read more about Three Bites here

The Park Street area, long known for its brotastic bars such as Brothers and Gaswerks, is about to get a hotel bar called Lumin, located in the forthcoming AC Hotel Columbus Downtown at 517 Park St. The new hotel, managed by Concord Hospitality, is expected to open the first week of June. Located on the hotel’s eighth floor, Lumin looks down upon the historic North Market and offers Downtown views. The hotel’s assistant general manager, Maxwell Chick, says the new lounge will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, with an emphasis on craft cocktails and a menu of small plates. 

Jeni’s new Strawberry Pretzel Pie ice cream, created in collaboration with Dolly Parton, drops today. The new ice cream is available for purchase starting at noon at jenis.com and in Jeni’s scoop shops when they open. There’s a limit of two pints per purchase. The flavor benefits Dolly’s Imagination Library, a book gifting program that gives free books to children from birth to age five. Don’t dawdle; it’s expected to sell out quick. 

Yellow Brick Pizza’s delicious pop-up pie, Tiger Pizza, is sticking around longer than we thought. The pizzeria announced on social media that the thick-crusted pizza, which blends Sicilian and Detroit pizza styles, will be available permanently at Short North Tavern (674 N. High St.) starting April 28. 

Tonight, Service Bar’s Avishar Barua continues his pursuit of the "Top Chef" title when the second episode of "Top Chef: Portland" airs at 8 p.m. on Bravo. We caught up with Barua last week to ask him about this harrowing experience in the first episode; you can read our Q&A with the chef at Columbus Monthly here. And don’t forget to read Andy Downing’s profile of Barua here