Restaurant Roundup: Booze News, What’s New & August Summary
Sweetwater Brewing Company
It’s finally happened. Sweetwater Brewing Company is bringing their now-famous brews to the Buckeye State via Superior Beverage Group, which has been named distributor for the brand in both the Columbus and Cleveland markets, which also includes Akron, Youngstown, and Canton. Sweetwater originally hails from Atlanta, where they produce the popular 420 Extra Pale Ale, their flagship, as well as the three other brews that’ll be available in-state: Sweetwater IPA, dry-hopped for a wicked, hoppy hit, Sweetwater Blue, a light-bodied wheat ale enhanced with blueberries, and Take Two Pilsner, a golden blonde German pilsner. All of these beers will be available in 6-packs and on draft. In addition, the 420 and IPA will also be sold in 12-pack cans. Superior Beverage will also distribute the Sweetwater Tackle Box, a variety pack with three year-long flavors and one seasonal. Sweetwater Brewing is encouraging their fans to log onto their Ohio facebook page for a chance to win Sweetwater schwag by spotting their tap handle. You can do that, and find out more about the groceries, bars, and bottle shops where you can find Sweetwater Brewing’s beers, by following them on facebook, www.facebook.com/SWHeadyPeddlersOH.
Homestead Beer Company
This week, Homestead Beer Company began releasing six-pack versions of two of their most popular brews: the 1805 IPA, a classic IPA, and the Tenpenny Amber Ale, their unpasteurized house amber. Previously, these beers could only be found on tap or in 22-ounce bottles in Franklin County, but beginning September 3rd, customers are able to purchase six-packs of 1805 at such fine retailers as Savor Growl, Northwest Wine & Spirits, Barrel & Bottle, Grain + Grape, The Andersons, Celebrate Local, and Crafted Drafts, among others. Tenpenny should be released by Mid-September at the suggested retail price of $8.99 (same for the 1805). For a full list of all Homestead Beer Company’s beers and where to find them, log onto http://homesteadbeerco.com.
Serving up some of the best fried chicken on North High Street, Double Comfort is upping their game by hiring Chef Dan Varga to head up the kitchen. An 18-year veteran in the restaurant game, Varga has been awarded several accolades, and is fresh from a stint at Explorers Club. His expertise in preparing scratch-made comfort food makes him a perfect fit with Double Comfort’s menu, which he hopes to expand and enhance in a way consistent with what customers have come to expect.
And speaking of expansions, Double Comfort has introduced a special Saturday night Happy Hour that runs from 11pm till midnight. The kitchen is officially closed then, but fried chicken pieces are available for purchase for $1 per piece, as well as $2 off craft drafts and all wines. Double Comfort is located at 505 North High Street. For more on this special, and a longer look at the menu, visit www.doublecomfortrestaurant.com.
Da Levee Gahanna
After months of construction, Da Levee Gahanna held their soft opening on Tuesday, September 2nd. The new spot, which is primarily a takeout joint, is located at 129 North Stygler Road. There, customers can find the same dishes they’ve come to love at the original, including Jambalaya, Chicken Creole, Gumbo, and Po’ Boys. Da Levee Gahanna is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am – 8pm. It’s easiest to call your order in for pick-up – 614.532.8050, or connect with them on facebook for the best service and access to the daily board, www.facebook.com/daleveeonstygler.
- Cray Eatery & Drinkery opened on the 5th at 697 North Fourth Street. Their hours of operation are Monday-Wednesday, 12pm – 12am, Thursday-Friday, 12pm – 2am, and Saturday-Sunday, 11am – 2am.
- Three Sheets Bar opened on the 7th at 560 South High Street. They are open Monday-Sunday, 3pm – 2:30am.
- Mikey’s Late Night Slice opened their 11th location on the 12th at Chase Polaris, 1121 Polaris Parkway. They serve lunch weekdays, 11am – 1:45pm.
- Bibibop Polaris opened on the 12th at 1281 Polaris Parkway. Their hours of operation are Monday–Thursday, 11am – 9pm and Friday–Saturday, 11am – 10pm.
- Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opened on the 13th at 6670 Sawmill Road. They are open Monday-Sunday, 7am – 10pm.
- The Carvery opened on the 18th at 51 East Gay Street. They serve lunch Monday-Saturday, 11am – 4pm.
- Cream & Sugar opened on the 18th at 2185 Sullivant Avenue. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 11am – 9pm and Saturday-Sunday, noon – 9pm.
- Arepazo Latin Grill opened on the 21st at 515 South High Street. They open for business Monday-Thursday, 11am – 11pm and Friday-Saturday, 11am – midnight.
- Blazing Saddles Saloon opened on the 22nd at 121 East Campus View Boulevard. They are open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am – 2am.
- Yats Grandview had their grand opening on the 24th at 1386 Grandview Avenue. Their hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 11am – 9pm, and Sunday, 11am – 8pm.
- Yuan-Ye Fresh Kitchen opened on the 29th at 12 East Broad Street. They are already closed for business. There is no word yet on a relaunch.
- Asland Highland Grill closed on the 16th at 5637 Woerner-Temple Road. They were open for less than a year. The space will become a Ranch Alegre Restaurant this Fall.