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Restaurant Roundup: News from Condado, High Bank Distillery & 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:

High Bank Distillery

The Grandview bar and restaurant has partnered up with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The multiyear partnership includes two new branded bars within Nationwide Arena that will feature a trio of the distillery’s specialty drinks made with their gin, vodka and whiskey.

“We’re thrilled to welcome High Bank Distillery to the Blue Jackets family of partners as we showcase their brand at a bar right next to one of our most frequently visited attractions, our goal cannon,” said Ryan Shirk, Blue Jackets Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, in a press release. “High Bank’s specialty drinks will be a terrific addition to the current menu of cocktail options available to our fans and special-event guests.”

The bars were officially unveiled last Friday, during the Blue Jackets’ home game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The first sits on the east end of the arena, adjacent to the cannon. The second bar serves Club Level customers. According to the press release, the partnership will include the opportunity to hose private events for High Bank’s customers.

For more information, visit highbankco.com.

North Market

By year’s end, the retailer Better Earth will be leaving the North Market. Heading in a new direction, owner Dareen Wearstler is moving the business to an online store. Her wares, including a selection of jewelry and beadwork, are also now available at Heritage Square Antique Mall and Marcia Evans Gallery.

Better Earth originally launched in May of 1991 in Beechwold, moving to the North Market later that year. Wearstler’s last day of operation will be Dec. 30.

“I have now created an online store which will sell my most popular products and gifts,” Wearstler said in a press release. “I will be featuring high-quality perfume oils and essential oils, Simply Organic packet mixes, souvenir Ohio mugs, sage wands, incense, pottery, handcrafted artisan jewelry and more.”

“We are grateful to Dareen for all that she brought to North Market over the years. We are very excited for her in all of her future endeavors and we wish her the very best,” added Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market Development Authority’s Executive Director.

Better Earth’s successor has not been announced.

For more information, visit northmarket.com.

Stack City

After three years in the Short North, Stack City Burger Bar has closed its doors. The sports bar, located at 600 N. High St., offered a variety of burgers made with Ohio-raised, grass-fed beef, along with craft drafts and alcohol-spiked milkshakes.

Megan Bender, a representative of the company, confirmed Stack City’s closure but offered few details, only saying that, “At the present time our company is reviewing its options. More information should be available within the next 30-60 days.”

Craft & Vinyl

The recently opened bar, record store and recording studio has launched Bands Behind Bars, a program allowing local bands to host an event and earn other perks at Craft & Vinyl.

Bands who can get at least 25 people to come to their event will have their album played on the house sound system. They’ll have the opportunity to work as a guest bartender earning a percentage of the sales, as well as the option to earn some free studio time. Bands are required to create a Facebook event with the details, invite their friends, promote the date for at least three weeks on social media, and help clean up after the event.

For more information, visit craft-n-vinyl.com


Guests can now eat as late as 2 a.m. at Condado, which will launch a late night menu on Oct. 17.

The menu includes $1.50 tacos in three varieties: “This One,” which comes with a hard shell, chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and aioli; “That One,” which comes in a soft shell with black beans, lettuce, tomato, chihuahua cheese and aioli; and “Other One,” which comes in a Firecracker shell with chicken or black bean, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and aioli. Guests can opt for a taco six-pack, which would include a combination of the three tacos. Chips, salsa, guacamole and queso will also be available. The menu will be offered between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

For more information, visit condadotacos.com

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