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Restaurant Roundup: Kroger Stocks a New Local Brand, Watershed Makes Award-Winning Gin, and more

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Columbus always has many new restaurants, expansions, menu updates and other changes, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with everything. That’s why our Restaurant Roundup series was designed to keep you informed with the latest and greatest updates. Here’s what’s new in the local dining scene:

Pearl Market

The 25-year summer tradition continues this weekend, but in a new location. Usually held on Lynn and Pearl Alleys, Pearl Market will temporarily operate at the north plaza of the Ohio Statehouse, due to ongoing construction on the Rhodes Tower

Pearl Market season kicks off this Friday, May 25, and it’ll run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit pearlmarket.org.

The Window Cafe

A new pop-up cafe has appeared on Franklin Park South. The Window Cafe, an operation serving brewed coffee, pour over coffee, teas, and baked goods has set up at 1697 Franklin Park South. It’s a temporary location for the new local business, which is awaiting a permanent spot in a nearby commercial building. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Charqui Jerky

Fans of the Powell-based Charqui Jerky won’t have to travel far for a fix anymore. The local brand is now stocked at 46 Kroger locations, including 30 in Central Ohio.

Charqui Jerky Founder Matt Salts said in a press release that the partnership will account for a quarter of their total sales for the year, “a great compliment to the non-traditional channels that have helped us grow to this point.”

Charqui Jerky will be available at Kroger in four flavors: Vintage (classic), Maui Ghost (sweet and spicy), Sunday Hangover (bloody mary), and Sweet Bee (smoky barbecue).

For more information, visit charquijerky.com.

Watershed Distillery

The local distillery was named the Double Gold winner of the “Best Flavored Gin” category at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, for their Guild Series Chamomile Flavored Gin. The Double Gold designation goes to entries that receive gold medal ratings by the entire judging panel.

The Guild Series Gin is a product of the partnership between Watershed Distillery and Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. It’s a corn- and apple-based spirit, distilled in the style of traditional gin but infused with rose petal and nutmeg. After distillation, chamomile flowers are macerated in the spirit, adding floral notes.

The gin is available for purchase at The Guild House, located at 624 N. High St. in the Short North, and at Watershed’s bottle shop, located at 1145 Chesapeake Ave., Suite D.

For more information, visit watersheddistillery.com.

The Brewed Leaf

The Brewed Leaf opened quietly on Bethel Road back in March, serving up a variety of teas, including bubble tea. It’s located at 809 Bethel Rd., and it operates daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

For upcoming local food and dining events, CLICK HERE to visit our Events Calendar.

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