Food News: Boston Stoker to replace Luck Bros’; Aracri Pizzeria opens on Gay Street

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

Erin Edwards
Luck Bros' Coffee House has announced that its retail shop will be replaced by Boston Stoker Coffee Co.

Openings & Announcements 

The pizza shop formerly known as Café Napolitana Pizzeria & Bar for 30 years has reopened in its new location just around the corner. Aracri Pizzeria on Gay made its debut this week at 51 E. Gay St., serving the same New York-style pies it always has. The pizzeria’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Martha’s Fusion Kitchen (3331 Maize Road) is preparing to expand from a carry-out operation into a “tiny but mighty” sit-down restaurant, with dine-in seating for about 30 people, said co-owner Jose Zacatelco. The North Linden restaurant, which celebrated its first anniversary this month, is also working to get its liquor license, with the goal of adding a small bar for enjoying margaritas, cerveza and more. Look for renovations to be complete this spring. Read more about Martha’s here

Organizers Chas Kaplan and Mike Gallicchio announced today that the Columbus Food Truck Festival will return this year. The “Hilliard Edition” of the festival will take place Aug. 19-21 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds (4100 Columbia St.). The organizers promise to showcase “the very best in the mobile food industry along with arts, crafts and live music.” 

The Craftsman Kitchen & Terrace has reopened inside Cherry Valley Hotel, located at 2299 Cherry Valley Road SE in Newark. The hotel restaurant has been closed since March 2020 because of the pandemic. The Craftsman features an American-style menu of salads, sandwiches, pizzas, steaks and more. It’s now open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; reservations are recommended. 

TAT Ristorante Di Famiglia (1210 S. James Road) has been forced to close its dining room after a driver targeted a pedestrian with their car Saturday and then crashed into the restaurant, pinning the pedestrian between the car and the building. The victim is expected to survive, and the driver has been arrested, according to news reports. TAT is currently offering carry-out while the building undergoes repairs. 

Columbus Monthly recently caught up with local forager and TikTok star Alexis Nikole Nelson (aka the Black Forager) to learn more about her whirlwind year and forthcoming cookbook. Read Brittany Moseley’s Q&A with Nelson here

Closings 

In an email to customers, Grandview’s Luck Bros’ Coffee House (1101 W. First Ave.) announced that it would not reopen its retail coffee shop, which has been closed since October due to “staff shortage and family health demands.” The neighborhood coffee shop was first opened in 2006 by Andy Luck and his brother, Ed. Replacing the shop will be Boston Stoker Coffee Co., a Dayton-based coffee roaster with a location on Neil Avenue. Luck Bros’ will continue roasting beans for online orders and wholesale business accounts.