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Restaurant Roundup: New Menus, New Beer, and Spring Openings

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Restaurant Roundup: New Menus, New Beer, and Spring Openings
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Chalk it up to cabin fever, March Madness, or patio season being right around the corner; Columbus is bursting with restaurant developments. Check out what’s happening in the city this month.

Zoup! Fresh Soup Company opened their second Columbus location at Lennox Town Center yesterday, at 1543 Lennox Town Lane. The national soup and sandwich chain, based in Ann Arbor, MI, has an additional locations Downtown and in Westerville.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, at 4230 The Strand in Easton Town Center, has debuted a new spring menu and happy hour. Highlights of the 19 new dishes include a brie, apple, and roasted grape bruschetta, chicken and chorizo burger, and bourbon barbecue pork chop. Happy hour is 3 – 6 p.m. on weekdays, with $5 glasses of wine and specialty wine drinks, $6 select cocktails, and specialty-price appetizers.

Victorian Village welcomed Dayton-based coffee shop Boston Stoker earlier this month at 771 Neil Avenue. The store was formerly located on OSU’s campus, moving due to impending building demolition. This is the coffee shop’s seventh location.

Rusty Bucket Tavern and Restaurant celebrated the grand re-opening of their New Albany location on March 16, following closure during a full interior remodel. The new interior features new bar, dining room, and private dining room layouts, including increased seating in all three. On the same day, LaRosa’s Dublin officially launched their new Celiac-friendly gluten-free pizza crust.

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls will welcome back Anthony Schultz as Executive Chef after he left in March 2013 to work for the Hocking College Culinary Program. The popular Hocking Hills getaway’s restaurant, Kindred Spirits, serves 45 out of two original 1840s log cabins.

Over in Clintonville, a new bakery called Shugar Daisy’s has opened, owned and operated by former home baker Achaia Hunter. Located at 219 E. Arcadia Avenue, Shugar Daisy’s offers cupcakes, muffins, cakes, coffee, and specialty items. They’re open breakfast through early evening six days a week, closed on Sundays.

The Press Grill team is taking over the former Graffiti Burger space in Grandview, at 1505 West 5th Avenue. No word on what exactly is happening yet, but we’ll keep you posted on developments.

A new Domino’s Pizza has opened on the corner of Gay and Grant Street downtown. The store is one of their newly-formatted ‘pizza theater’ concepts, where you can watch your pizza be made step-by-step through glass panels at the countertop. The almost 3,000 square foot space seats around 60.

Vermont-based Long Trail Brewing will begin shipping their craft beer to Ohio early in April, teaming up with Columbus’ Superior Beverage Group. In other great beer news, Cincinnati native Rhinegeist Brewery plans to begin self-distribution in Columbus soon. They have hopes to finalize a lease on a 17,000-ft. space near downtown, where they intend on keeping sprinter vans, a freight truck, and a massive refrigerator.

Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink in Upper Arlington has introduced a new Sunday brunch menu. New items include warm donuts, quiche, short rib hash, and smoked salmon. In the Brewery District, CBC Restaurant will celebrate its first beer dinner on March 30, teaming with Cavalier Distribution to pair flavor profiles with four Ohio beers. The restaurant hopes to make the dinner a bi-monthly event.

Old Hilliard is welcoming a new cafe and coffee shop to the downtown area. Solar Cafe, situated in a 100 year-old farmhouse, aims to become a community gathering place for meals, music, and conversation. Located at 4004 South Main Street, they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks.

Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties is returning to Gay Street with a new co-branded shared-space partnership with J. Gumbo’s at 31 East Gay Street. After last year’s building fire, the business has only been able to maintain a Downtown presences through pop-up locations during the Moonlight Market. The full time space at J. Gumbo’s will allow Sugardaddy’s Downtown fans to experience their brownies and blondies on a regular basis once again. The business will be hosting a free sampling event on Monday, March 30th to celebrate their return.

Got any other news to share with us? Post it in the comments below, or send us some details via email: [email protected].

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