Food News: Japanese Oriental Restaurant to close; Crumbl opens in Hilliard Green

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

Erin Edwards
The bulgogi entree at Japanese Oriental Restaurant. The Campus-area staple is expected to close by the end of the year.

Openings & Announcements 

Crumbl Cookies franchise opens this weekend at 5466 Westpointe Plaza Drive in Hilliard Green. The grand opening takes place Friday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. until midnight. Cousins Sawyer Hemsley and Jason McGowan launched Crumbl’s first store in Logan, Utah, in October 2017. The fast-growing chain now boasts more than 300 locations around the U.S. In addition to Hilliard, Crumbl has shops in Delaware, Dublin and Upper Arlington. 

O Zaki Street Food, the first brick-and-mortar restaurant from the owners of Zaki Grill food truck, is now open at 2910 Hayden Run Plaza, serving items such as stuffed grape leaves, hummus, chicken shawarma and more. The Mediterranean restaurant replaces the sandwich shop Oil & Thyme. 

The taco truck La Poblanita wasn’t the only food truck stolen and stripped of its equipment last week. According to reports, Caribe Sur was hotwired on the morning of Dec. 3 and driven away from its parking location in Clintonville. The Caribe Sur truck was later recovered but, like La Poblanita, has been gutted and is currently out of commission. A GoFundMe was launched to help with repairs.  

A new Local Cantina opened this week, this time at the Westmont at the Lane Building (1690 W. Lane Ave.) in Upper Arlington. The local Tex-Mex chain, owned by George Tanchevski, is now up to 13 locations in Ohio and will celebrate 10 years next year. 

Closings 

The owners of Japanese Oriental Restaurant (2283 N. High St.) announced on Facebook that they plan to close the Campus-area staple by the end of the year after more than 40 years in business. “There’s been a lot of back and forth with the property managers for months,” the owners said in the statement. “We cannot thank everyone enough for all the support these past years. This is pretty sudden for our family, too, and we are in midst of finding something new. It may not be a restaurant, but hopefully we can still find a way [to] continue to feed you guys.”