Bites & Sips: Updates from BIBIBOP, Watershed, Crimson Cup, Jeni’s & More
Grab a snack and buckle up! There’s a lot to cover in the world of dining and drinking in Columbus! Bites & Sips keeps you updated on tidbits of news from local restaurants, breweries, distilleries and more, from special events and new menus, to openings, bottle releases and more.
Chuy’s Opens at Polaris
Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s has opened its second Central Ohio location as of Tuesday, October 8 at 1481 Polaris Parkway. Chuy’s will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, serving up its menu of “Big As Yo’ Face” burritos, tacos, enchiladas and more. Happy hour runs from 4 – 7 p.m. weekdays.
Chuy’s also operates a location at 4154 Seward St. at Easton.
For more information, visit chuys.com.
BIBIBOP Headed for Polaris
Chuy’s isn’t the only new restaurant for Polaris this week. Locally-based BIBIBOP will open inside the mall’s Food Hall on Thursday, October 10. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the first 200 guests will receive one free BIBIBOP bowl.
BIBIBOP is known for its build-your-own bowls featuring Asian flavors. Polaris is the chain’s 12th Central Ohio location.
For more information, visit bibibop.com.
Ghostwriter Public House Opening in Johnstown
Johnstown will welcome a new restaurant this fall. Ghostwriter Public House will open in the coming months, offering a menu of elevated American cuisine and craft cocktails.
At the helm of the Downtown Johnstown restaurant will be Chef Brett Fife, former executive chef of Lindey’s. The eatery is also sister company of Killbuck-based commercial furniture operation Crow Works, and will feature an interior design that highlights the furniture maker’s capabilities.
For more information, visit ghostwriterph.com.
Watershed’s Nocino Gets an Update
Barrel finished is now the standard for Watershed Distillery’s Nocino. The local distillery has been producing the black walnut liqueur since 2014, but now the spirit spends seven months in one of the distillery’s spent bourbon barrels before being bottled.
Imbibers can sip on the new version at Watershed’s restaurant and bottle shop, 1145 Chesapeake Ave., with a full rollout of barrel-finished Nocino across distribution channels expected this month.
For more information, visit watersheddistillery.com.
Jeni’s for Halloween
Move aside, candy bars. Jeni’s Ice Cream may make an appearance in the goodie bag this year. Well, a Jeni’s Cone Coin, anyways.
The ice cream maker debuts Cone Coins, a hot-pink token redeemable for a kids cone at any of Jeni’s Columbus scoop shops. The coins are available in bundles at scoop shops and are made of 100% biodegradable material derived from spent potato peels from french fry producers.
For more information, visit jenis.com.
Crimson Cup Launches Ready-to-Drink Beverages
Local coffee roaster Crimson Cup has teamed up with Arps Dairy to release a trio of new ready-to-drink coffee beverages. Caffeine cravers can pick up a Crimson Cup Mocha, Crimson Cup Latte or Crimson Cup New Orleans for $2.99.
The drinks are available at Crimson Cup’s Clintonville location, 4541 N. High St., or Upper Arlington coffee shop, 2468 Northwest Blvd.
For more information, visit crimsoncup.com.
Cream & Sugar on Wheels
The Hilltop’s popular ice cream shop Cream & Sugar is rolling out a brand new ice cream truck. While the shop is closed for the season, “Louise” is hitting the streets and booking events for 2020. The truck features a soft serve ice cream machine, slushee machine and Candy Chaos mixer.
For more information, visit creamnsugarshop.com.
HCT in the CLE
Hot Chicken Takeover has opened its first restaurant outside of Columbus. The Nashville-style chicken joint opened its Crocker Park location in Cleveland on Tuesday, October 8.
It’s the fourth restaurant for HCT, which also has locations in North Market, Clintonville and Easton. The Cleveland spot will offer the same menu as HCT’s Columbus locations.
For more information, visit hotchickentakeover.com.
MMELO + Mission Team Up
Things are getting a little sweeter at Mission Coffee Co. MMELO Boutique Confections will be providing the local roaster’s coffee shop with fresh daily baked goods and pastries.
Columbusites can find the Mission and MMELO pairing at 11 Price Ave. in Short North, or go straight for the sweet stuff at MMELO’s Arena District storefront at the corner of Vine and Wall Streets.
FoxFire Opts for Slight Name Change
FoxFire Tacos is dropping the tacos in its name and replacing it with mobile food to better reflect its expanding menu. Tacos are sticking around on the menu, but FoxFire Mobile Food will now round out its offerings with nachos, quesadillas, empanadas and craft grilled cheese sandwiches.
The cart can be tracked down for Taco Tuesdays at Nocterra Brewing in Powell, and makes an appearance in the same spot for lunchtime on Fridays. FoxFire will also soon be making its way to Downtown to feed breakfast and lunch crowds.
For more information, visit FoxFire’s Facebook page.