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Bites & Sips: North High Brewing Expanding, Dry Happy Hour & More

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Bites & Sips keeps you updated on tidbits of news from the world of drinking and dining in Central Ohio. Dublin is getting a craft brewery, there’s no alcohol at a new happy hour, and Hocking Hills invites you to eat all the comfort food. Read on for more details!

North High Brewing Expanding to Dublin

North High Brewing has found another North High Street to expand to. This time it’s in historic Dublin at 56 N. High St.

Taking over the space of the recently-shuttered Irish pub Brazenhead, North High Brewing will be partnering with local coworking company COhatch on the location.

Together, the companies will restore and renovate the restaurant, bringing back some of its architectural roots. When North High Brewing opens in spring 2020, there will be on-site brewing, an upscale pub, and two patios for guests to enjoy.

North High Brewing’s original brewery and taproom is located at 1288 N. High St. in Short North.

Read more about the partnership on The Metropreneur.

For more information, visit northhighbrewing.com.

The Pearl Nears Opening at Bridge Park

Also in Dublin, The Pearl is aiming for a March 2020 opening at Bridge Park. Located at 88 N. High St., the restaurant will be on this historic Dublin side of the development.

It’s the second location for The Pearl, which first opened in the Short North in 2013, offering a menu of gastropub fare, oysters and scratch-made pies. It’s the third Cameron Mitchell Restaurants concept to land at Bridge Park, in addition to The Avenue and Cap City Fine Diner.

 The Pearl will be open Monday-Thursday from 4 – 10 p.m., Friday from 4 – 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information, visit thepearlcolumbus.com.

Hills Downtown Debuts Dry Happy Hour

The third Tuesday of every month from 5 – 7 p.m., it’s happy hour at Hills Downtown – but alcohol is not the focus of this gathering.

The Hills will offer a zero proof cocktail list with amaro sodas, dry sodas and hand-made cocktails with zero proof ingredients. There will be at least one non-alcoholic beverage on tap as well.

Providing a space for folks that want to socialize but not drink, the happy hour will take place monthly (expect for March) and offer a seasonally rotating menu of beverages. Snacks and a cheese tray will be provided, too.

For more information, follow the Hills Downtown on Facebook.

Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise Starts Sailing

‘Tis season for comfort food as the seventh annual Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise sets sail this weekend.

Comfort Food Cruise tickets are $20 and each ticket includes one comfort food at each of the 15 participating restaurants. Five dollars from each ticket sold will also benefit local food pantries.

Cruisers can nosh on dishes like homemade chili, cheeseburger sliders, biscuits & gravy, chicken & noodles, caramel pecan cinnamon rolls and much more.

The Comfort Food Cruise runs the next three weekends – January 11-12, January 18-19 and January 25-26.

For more information, visit explorehockinghills.com.

Piada Expands Menu

Piada is debuting some new lifestyle menu items for the pasta-averse. For keto, paleo and high-protein dieters, the new dishes are available for online order and in-store pickup only.

New eats include a Keto BLT Salad with bruschetta tomatoes, mozzarella and crispy pancetta on a bed of romaine with Piada’s signature creamy parmesan dressing; the Paleo Berry Balsamic Salad featuring avocado, strawberries, red cabbage and spinach tossed in a berry balsamic dressing; and a Protein Bowl packed with white meat chicken, mozzarella, pesto and bruschetta tomatoes, served with roasted broccoli and sautéed zucchini and mushrooms.

The fast-casual chain promises more new menu items throughout the year to fit a variety of lifestyles.

For more information, visit mypiada.com.

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