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Restaurant Roundup: News From Asempe Kitchen, CaJohns Fiery Foods and more

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Restaurant Roundup: News From Asempe Kitchen, CaJohns Fiery Foods and more
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Columbus has so many new restaurants, expansions, menu updates and other changes, sometimes it’s 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:

Asempe Kitchen

The Hills Market Downtown popup announced its indefinite closure last week. Owner and chef Kuukua Yomekpe made the decision after spending the last year and a half unsuccessfully pitching Asempe Kitchen to businesses around the city, including Cameron Mitchell’s Budd Dairy Food Hall. Popping up on Wednesdays at Hills Market was a “true labor of love,” Yomekpe said, but she was looking for a place with a kitchen and more hours to operate.

For those looking to get a last meal in, Asempe will operate at Hills Market for a final time on July 11. She’s also partnering with Two Truths Bar in the Short North for a farewell party and popup on July 20.

For more information, visit asempekitchen.com

CoreLife Eatery

A new location of CoreLife Eatery is coming to Columbus on Friday, June 29. It’ll occupy the old Cup o Joe space in Lennox Town Center, located at 1791 Olentangy River Road.

Branded as an active lifestyle restaurant, CoreLife Eatery offers greens, grains and broth-based dishes with a fast-casual service style. Their core item is their bowl, which come in their signature offerings or customized. Guests choose the base, proteins, toppings and dressings.

This location makes their ninth in Ohio and second in Columbus. Their first Columbus restaurant opened at Polaris in November 2016.

For more information, visit corelifeeatery.com.


CaJohns Fiery Foods has been acquired by Hot Shots Distributing, out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The agreement means the closure of the company’s Westerville retail location and Corporate Headquarters at 816 Green Crest Drive, which will happen on June 29. Their location at the North Market will remain open.

“The sale is bittersweet. I started this business from the ground-up and its part of me. However, it’s time for me to start the next chapter and am excited about a new journey,” stated CaJohns founder John “CaJohn” Hard. “I have known Matt Heald [president of Hot Shots] for many years now, and he is a great fit to carry my passion and continue the CaJohns legacy.”

CaJohns first opened in 1996, producing small-batch hot sauces and salsas. they’ve since grown to supply customers in all 50 states and have won more than 500 national and international awards.

For more information, visit cajohns.com.


Piada fans can temporarily get breakfast for lunch at the restaurant’s Bexley and Upper Arlington locations. The offer is exclusive to these stores and will be available from 10:45 a.m. to 2 pm. on Saturdays and Sundays. It ends July 15.

“Breakfast for Lunch” features a breakfast power bowl or piada, with eggs and pacetta. There’s a kids option as well, which includes scrambled eggs, pancetta, and juice or milk for $3.99. During the promotion, Piada will donate $1 from every breakfast item sold to Pelotonia.

For more information, visit mypiada.com

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

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