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Bites & Sips: Pizza Cottage, Crunchwerks & Additional Openings, Commonhouse Ales Says Goodbye & More

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Welcome to a new year of dining and boozing news in Central Ohio! 2021 brings the opening of some fast-casual concepts, and the end of one local craft brewery. There’s good news for Cameron Mitchell fans (hello, delivery), and find out how local art and local booze intersect! Read on for your rundown of food news in Bites & Sips!

Pizza Cottage Opens in Powell

Pizza Cottage is making its way closer to Columbus proper. The pizza joint is now open at 8753 Owenfield Dr. in Powell.

The location is open for dine-in, carryout and delivery, offering appetizers like garlic bread, jalapeño poppers, and fried pickles, as well as wings, salad, subs, calzones, pasta, and, of course, pizza.

It’s the seventh Pizza Cottage location in Ohio, with additional restaurants in Buckeye Lake, Circleville, Lancaster, Newark, Pickerington and Zanesville.

Pizza Cottage is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

For more information, visit pizza-cottage.com.

GENJIGO Expands to Westerville

Columbus-based, fast-casual hibachi concept GENJIGO has opened its seventh area location in Westerville at 14 E. Schrock Rd.

GENJIGO offers customizable hibachi bowls with diner’s choice of rice, veggies and proteins, including sirloin, chicken, shrimp, vegetables or a combination thereof, and it’s topped with house-made yum yum or ginger sauce.

Additional GENJIGO locations include Reynoldsburg, Pickerington, Gahanna, Grove City and Lewis Center, as well as a restaurant that’s temporarily closed in Blacklick. All locations offer online ordering with no-contact carryout and delivery through DoorDash and Uber Eats.  

GENJIGO Westerville is open from 11 a.m – 9:30 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit genjigo.com.

Crunchwerks Launches in Old North Columbus

Crunchwerks kicked off 2021 by opening its doors in Old North Columbus at 2216 Summit St., inside of Cafe Bourbon Street.

The restaurant will offer a pickup and delivery menu of Tex-Mex eats. Explore appetizers like crunch tots (nachos with a tots base), wings or chips and queso. For the mains, choose from crunch (crispy tostadas wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla) or bowl presentation, or build your own creation with a variety of proteins, toppings, sauces and salsas.

Crunchwerks is open Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.

For more information, visit crunchwerks.us.

Commonhouse Ales Stops Brewing

Local craft brewery Commonhouse Ales has suspended operations. The B-Corp brewery launched in 2016 at the hands of experienced brewer Lenny Kolada.

As a B-Corp, Commonhouse Ales operated with standards of accountability and transparency as outlined by certifying entity B Lab. It was the state’s first B Corp brewery.

Additionally, the brewery donated a portion of sales from its flagship Six.One For Good Ale to Central Ohio charities.

For more information, visit facebook.com/commonhouseales.

451 Spirits Debuts Blank Canvas Vodka

Clintonville distillery 451 Spirits has added a new spirit to its lineup. Blank Canvas Vodka lives up to its name in multiple respects. Not only is the vodka well-suited for a variety of mixers, the label serves as a literal blank canvas for local artists.

The Blank Canvas collection features works by three local artists including Nick Stull’s Figure in Motion,  Chris Cropper’s Untitled Mural and Chad Kessler’s Take Flight.

“We’ve been thinking about how 451 Spirits could promote local artists as well as serve the entire Columbus community during these past challenging months,” said Toby Harris, general manager and  partner. “This is the first edition of Blank Canvas and our goal is to continue to work with additional artists for future releases.”

Kessler, also 451 Spirits’ chief distiller, says each new release will feature three new local artists.

The vodka is available at select liquor stores in Columbus and for curbside pickup at the 451 Spirits Distillery, 590-ste. D, Oakland Park Ave.

For more information, visit 451spirits.com.

Local Artist Wins Taft’s Design Contest

451 Spirits isn’t the only booze where imbibers will find work from local artists. Cincinnati-based Taft’s Brewing Co. has announced Columbus artist Erin Lee as the winner of their label design contest.

Lee’s design is featured on cans and 6-packs of Taft’s double IPA ‘Paint the Town Hoppy.’ The beer can be found at local Kroger stores and other independent craft beer shops across the city. (Taft’s Brewpourium in Franklinton is currently temporarily closed due to the pandemic.)

For more information, visit taftsbeer.com.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants on DoorDash

Several Cameron Mitchell Restaurants have joined the DoorDash universe. Delivery is now available from 13 spots in the restaurant group’s portfolio including:

  • Cap City Gahanna
  • Cap City Grandview
  • Cap City Dublin
  • Marcella’s Polaris
  • Marcella’s Short North
  • Pearl Dublin
  • Pearl Short North
  • Hudson 29 Upper Arlington
  • Hudson 29 New Albany
  • The Avenue Grandview
  • The Avenue Dublin
  • Molly Woo’s
  • The Barn at Rocky Fork

For more information, visit cameronmitchell.com/online-ordering.

Hadley’s Offers Lunch Boxes To-Go

Downtown bar and restaurant Hadley’s is venturing into boxed lunch territory. Available through 24-hour pre-orders, diners pick one entree and one side for $8.

Entrees include wraps and salads, with a choice of side including a small salad, chips, or a cup of soup, fruit or veggies.

Each meal is boxed individually for distribution, with a minimum of 10 meals per order. Orders can be placed by emailing [email protected]

Find the menu here and for more information, visit hadleysbar.com.

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