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Restaurant Roundup: Beer Dinners, New Menus and More

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Restaurant Roundup: Beer Dinners, New Menus and More
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Beer Dinners

Hubbard Grille

Seventh Son Brewing, located at 1101 North Fourth Street, produces some of the city’s most beloved beers, and on Monday, April 7th, you can try a few as they’re paired with dishes from Hubbard Grille’s kitchen. Guests will be welcomed with the Wuffles Session Beer before proceeding to the four-course meal that features Curried Crab & Shrimp Dumpling partnered with the Golden Ratio IPA as a starter, Chimichurri Marinated Lamb Chops served with the Urfa Cowboy for dinner, and Almond Coffee Cake Charlotte paired with the Oubliette for dessert. Tickets are $60 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. The dinner runs from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Reservations can be made by contacting Kelsey Nolan at [email protected] or by stopping by the restaurant, 793 North High Street.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

On Monday April 14th, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, one of Columbus’ true brewhouses located at 215 North Fourth Street, will host a five-course Belgian Beer Dinner. It’s a celebration of their Wolf Pack Belgian series of beers that will feature Grilled Asparagus for the first course, Rabbit and Carrot Pie for the entrée, and Peanut Butter Truffles for dessert. This event costs $45 per person, $60 with beer pairings. The event runs from 5pm – 9:30pm and is reservation-only, so e-mail [email protected] to save your spot.

101 Beer Kitchen

Tax Day brings a tasteful adventure at 101 Beer Kitchen, located at 7509 Sawmill Road. On April 15th, at 6:30pm, Executive Chef Mike Frame will serve a five-course menu around six of Brooklyn Brewery’s most popular ales. This event costs $65 per person, and includes tax and gratuity. Dinners in the past have sold out early as diners’ imaginations are piqued by the non-release of the menu, so to purchase tickets to this event, visit www.eventbrite.com.

New Menu

Manifesto Tuscan Grato & Scotch Bar

Beginning this Saturday, March 29th, Manifesto, located at 21 East State Street, will begin serving brunch on both days of the weekend. Known for one of the most impressive scotch lineups in the city, and a 7-hour happy hour during the week, Manifesto will bring its singular, Italian-inspired fare to brunch. Menu items include Black Pepper & Parmesan Reggiano French Toast, Smoked Salmon Bruschetta, and Tuscan Biscuits & Gravy. For a complete look at the new brunch menu, or to make a reservation, visit www.manifestograto.com.

Explorer’s Club

This April, The Explorer’s Club invites its guests to visit the delicious islands with a Caribbean-inspired menu. Diners will be able to indulge in Shrimp & Crab Fritters with curry mayo, Jerk-Marinated Red Snapper served with coconut basmati, Curried Goat, and Plantain Fritters dished up with vanilla rum glaze. All dishes on the new menu run from $7-$20. The Explorer’s Club is located at 1586 South High Street.

Drinking Events

Four String Brewing

To commemorate the launch of the Brass Knuckle, one of Four String’s signature brews, in cans, the brewery will host a Can Party Tour to run from April 2nd to April 18th. The tour kicks off at The Pint House, 780 North High Street, for Beer Can Chicken Night, then makes its way to Fourth Street Bar & Grill, 1810 North Fourth Street the following night. There are 7 stops on the tour, which concludes at Woodlands Tavern, 1200 West Third Avenue. Four String Brewing is located at 985 West Sixth Avenue. For a complete list of all the tour stops, follow Four String Brewing at www.facebook.com/fourstringbrewing.

Homestead Beer Company

Homestead Beer Company from neighboring Heath, Ohio will relaunch its taproom this April 5th. Reconstruction began in January, and in the short time since then, Homestead has upped its aesthetic game, adding high top tables made of walnut, black accents across the room, and light fixtures using the brewery’s growlers. In addition, Homestead will be adding Saturday hours and a rotating lineup of food trucks. Taco Sherpa will be on hand for the opening celebration, set to take place from 1pm – 8pm. Homestead Beer Company is located at 811 Irving Wick Drive West. Once the taproom is open, their hours of operation will be Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3pm – 8pm. For more on Homestead Beer Company, follow them at www.facebook.com/HomesteadBeerCo.

North Market

This year, the North Market, located at 59 Spruce Street, welcomes the return of the North Market Coffee Roast Brunch on Sunday, April 13th. This event is in its third year, and features locally-roasted java, educational classes, and a 16-person home roasting competition. On hand will be Café Brioso, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Upper Cup Coffee, Backroom Coffee Roasters, and Thunderkiss Coffee, among others. The event runs from 10am – 3pm, and costs $14 per person in advance, $20 at the door. For a longer look at the calendar for this event, or to purchase tickets, visit www.northmarket.com.

Things You Should Know

Basi Italia

Flipkey.com recently named Columbus’ own Basi Italia as one of the Top Restaurants Worth Traveling For. The list features one restaurant from each of the 50 states, and these are the “most loved, most talked about, and most delicious restaurants worth traveling for.” Basi Italia, which is quaintly located in the heart of the Victorian Village at 811 Highland Street, beat out restaurants from across the state, not just the city, which is a note-worthy accomplishment not only for Johnny Dornback and Trish Gentile, who own Basi Italia, but a coup for Columbus as a foodie city as well. To see the complete list of travel-worthy restaurants, visit www.flipkey.com.

Bluescreek Farm Meats

Bluescreek Farm Meats, located in the North Market, is one of the premier butchers in the city. Their expertise in breaking down whole hogs has spawned a popular series of classes that sell out almost every time. Now, customers can get a similar experience by downloading the Bluescreek Masters of Meat Pork App. This brand new app, which launched on March 25th, is designed to educate and inspire chefs of all proficiency levels. Need help deciding on the best cut of meat for a recipe? Ever want to know more about how and from where your meat is cut, which can save you money at the supermarket? Strongly desire to someday butcher your own meat? Well now, there’s an app for that. The Bluescreek Masters of Meat Pork App is available for $0.99 through Google Play for Android devices. An ITunes launch is already being planned. For more on Bluescreek Farm Meats, visit www.bluescreekfarmmeats.com.

March Summary


  • Harvest Pizzeria opened a second location on the 1st at 2885 North High Street. Their hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 11am – 10pm, and Friday-Saturday, 11am – 11pm.
  • Bibibop Asian Grill opened a second location on the 3rd at 1836 West Henderson Road. Their hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 11am – 9pm, and Friday- Saturday, 11am – 10pm.
  • Mikey’s Late Night Slice launched their 10th shop on the 3rd in Nationwide Plaza 3. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 11am -1:15pm.
  • Snipes Food Cart launched on the 5th. Their hours of operation and locations vary.
  • Hot Chicken Takeover held its first event on the 9th at the Near East Side Co-operative, 1117 Oak Street. Pop-up events vary in time and location.
  • Rishi Sushi opened on the 10th at 114 North Third Street. Their hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 11am – 10pm, Fridays, 11am – 11pm, and Saturdays, 4pm – 11pm.
  • Denmark on High/Secret Cellar opened on the 14th at 463 North High Street. They open daily at 4pm.
  • La Tavola reopened on the 18th at 1664 West First Avenue. Their hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 5pm – 10pm, Friday-Saturday, 5pm – 11pm, and Sunday, 4pm – 8pm.
  • Land Yacht BBQ launched on the 20th at 3865 West Broad Street. Their hours of operation are Wednesday-Saturday, 11am – till sold out, and Sunday, 11am – 3pm.
  • Growl! officially opened on the 22nd (soft opening on the 8th) at 2995 North High Street. Their hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 11am – 9pm and Friday-Saturday, 10am – 10pm.
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes opened its fourth shop in Ohio on the 28th at 10709 Blacklick-Eastern Road. Their hours of operation are 9am – 8pm.
  • Slamwich Brothers Food Truck launched on the 28th. Their hours of operation and locations vary.
  • Bareburger Columbus opened on the 28th at 463 North High Street. Their hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 11am – 10pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am – midnight, and Sundays, 11am – 5pm.


  • Knead Urban Diner closed on the 6th at 505 North High Street. They were open for almost 4 years. There are plans to relaunch the Knead concept at another location.


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