Food News: The Top Steak House unveils new patio; Pho Social opens at Easton

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

Erin Edwards
The Top Steak House, 2891 E. Main St. in Bexley, tripled the size of its patio, as shown in this rendering.

Openings & Announcements 

A Columbus classic, The Top Steak House, recently unveiled its handsome new patio designed by The Design Collective. It’s a big upgrade for the retro, supper club-style restaurant, which has been serving up martinis and steaks at 2891 E. Main St. in Bexley since 1955. 

Pho Social Vietnamese Cuisine opened recently at Easton Town Center. The traditional Vietnamese eatery, located at 3991 Worth Ave. next to Café Istanbul, features a menu of spring rolls, pho (noodle soup), banh xeo (crepes) and rice dishes.  

The owner of Old North Arcade (2591 N. High St.) is launching a new pizza concept called Square Slice Pizzeria, which will soon fill the arcade’s empty kitchen space. The arcade bar announced the news today on Instagram. Square Slice replaces Forty’s Chicken & Waffles, which shuttered last year because of the pandemic. Square Slice is the latest Detroit-style entry to land on the city’s pizza scene recently, joining Pie of the Tiger, Paulie Gee’s “Squares” and Wizard of Za. 

Food from the Granville sandwich shop Alfie’s Wholesome Food (221 E. Broadway) is now available in Columbus thanks to a new ghost kitchen. Alfie’s delivers healthful entrée salads, sandwiches and sides during lunch and dinner hours. Search for Alfie’s CBUS in food delivery apps such as Uber Easts, DoorDash and others. 

A new hibachi joint called Mr. Hibachi is expected to open soon at 250 N. Third St. in Downtown Columbus according to signage and the business’ Facebook account. The new brick-and-mortar will offer dine-in, delivery and carry-out. The casual Japanese-style hibachi spot has two other locations in Central Ohio at 3761 Cleveland Ave. and 3889 W. Powell Road in Powell. The eatery follows the recent opening of another Downtown hibachi spot, Genjigo, on Gay Street.  

Temporary Closings 

The Citizens Trust (11 W. Gay St.) will be temporarily closed until Aug. 11, according to a post on the cocktail bar’s Facebook account. Two of the bar’s longtime bartenders recently moved on, though it’s unclear if their departure is related to the temporary hiatus. The Downtown bar promises “new and exciting things” are on the way.