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Catch Up With: Custom Chef Gourmet Café

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Catch Up With: Custom Chef Gourmet Café

When Chef Bo Carter opened Custom Chef Gourmet Café in June 2011, he was excited to bring something new to the Downtown lunch landscape. Up against similar eateries in Lexi’s on Third and Market 65, Chef Carter employed a craft-your-own approach to the sandwiches and salads on his menu. That approach was only marginally successful. […]

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First Look: Yats Cajun Creole

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson First Look: Yats Cajun Creole

Bringing some much-needed bayou flavor to the Columbus food scene, Yats Cajun Creole held its grand opening this past Sunday, August 24th at 1386 Grandview Avenue. This franchise of the popular Indiana-based company is run by brothers Michael and Jason O’Rourke, whose excitement for their new venture is only rivaled by the delicious – and […]

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Restaurant Review: Double Comfort

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Double Comfort

It’s impossible to talk about Double Comfort without first talking about its mission. The restaurant donates its proceeds to the local food pantries. Not just 10% of your purchase, or a one time, special donation: according to its website (and the proprietor’s sister, who was bussing tables) the cash it has after the expenses goes […]

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Lomonico’s Restaurant Opening Downtown Location

Walker Evans Walker Evans Lomonico’s Restaurant Opening Downtown Location

It’s been just 10 short months since opening his first restaurant, but Craig Lomonico is ready for number two. His namesake Lomonico’s opened in October last year in Pickerington and his second location will be landing on Gay Street this Novemeber. “We had been looking around the Downtown, Short North and Clintonville markets for a […]

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zpizza Opening Fourth Store on Grandview Avenue

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson zpizza Opening Fourth Store on Grandview Avenue

When California-based zpizza launched in Columbus six years ago, it was met with enthusiasm and gratitude. Their approach to pizza-making – using less-processed, fresher ingredients, like hormone and preservative-free meats and cheeses, and orgainc flour – was bold, refreshing, and essential. With three local franchised branches currently in operation — the original Short North store […]

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Restaurant Roundup: New Menus & Good News

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Restaurant Roundup: New Menus & Good News

New Menus Cray Eatery & Drinkery The city mourned the loss of Grilled Cheese Mondays when Bodega closed and reopened without the popular weekly special. It’s a good thing then that Cray Eatery & Drinkery has opened and have happily taken up the slack to fill the void. Every Monday at the new spot is […]

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First Look: Arepazo Latin Grill

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson First Look: Arepazo Latin Grill

We announced this past April that popular Venezuelan restaurant, El Arepazo, would be expanding to include a third venue in the city at 515 South High Street. Just four and half short months later, Arepazo Latin Grill is open for business. With seating enough for 145 guests, Arepazo Latin Grill is the ideal spot for […]

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