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Restaurant Roundup: News From J-POPS, Rhinegeist, Jeni’s and more

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Restaurant Roundup: News From J-POPS, Rhinegeist, Jeni’s and more
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Columbus always has many new restaurants, expansions, menu updates and other changes, and 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:

J-POPS Gourmet Ice Pops

Mobile food vendor J-POPS Gourmet Ice Pops is holding a contest to find their new flavor combination. Offering all-natural pops with no additives, preservatives, coloring or gluten, J-POPS encourages contestants to stay within those lines.

Those interested in participating can send their idea to [email protected] by April 8. Two finalists will be chosen from the first pool, and the winner will be announced on April 24, when it will premiere at Worthington and Clintonville’s Farmer’s Markets. They’ll then donate that day’s proceeds from the winning pop’s sales to a charity of the winner’s choice.

J-POP’s most popular flavor combinations are currently lemon basil, watermelon mint and raspberry lime.

Yuengling’s Ice Cream

Yuengling’s announced two new flavors to its ice cream line. In response to popular demand, they introduced strawberry to their ice-cream lineup. Butterbeer, inspired by the Harry Potter book series, will be added as well, “made from half buttercream ice cream, half butterscotch ice cream, and twisted with a butterscotch swirl,” according to a press release. Each is offered in pints for now, but quarts will soon be available.

For more information, visit YuenglingsIceCream.com

GoCupz Asian Grill

Aloha Hawaiian BBQ went through an ownership and menu change and is now GoCupz Asian Grill. The transition happened officially in January, originally keeping “Aloha” in the name, making it Aloha GoCupz. Earlier this month the Aloha sign was replaced with a GoCupz sign, effectively removing all associations with the former business. GoCupz serves a menu of Korean BBQ dishes. They’re located at 974 W. 5th Ave.

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream

Bexley-born Johnson’s Real Ice Cream is adding a second location in Dublin. It’s part of a brand expansion plan that the business’ fourth generation family owner, Matthew Wilcoxon, put into motion after he took over in 2016.

The ice cream, made on-site using locally sourced ingredients, is available in more than 400 restaurants and shops nationwide, according to a press release. Their new location at 55 W. Bridge Street will carry 40 flavors, milkshakes, and a handful of novelty items including clown cones, nutty buddies, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and specialty order cakes and pies.

Soon Johnson’s will launch a specialty brand that will appear in ice cream shops and grocery stores, including Kroger, in an attempt to expand retail reach. They’re also stepping up their catering and special events division by adding mobile carts, sundae bars and ice cream socials.

Johnson’s will open in Dublin in May.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

In time for spring, Jeni’s announced five new flavors to launch in two phases. Their first release on March 17 was of two flavors: Supermoon and Orange Blossom Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. On April 14, they’ll release the last three: Genmaicha & Marshmallows, Cocoa Curry Coco, and Osmanthus & Blackberry Crackle.


Rhinegeist released their double IPA Knowledge in cans. Made from hops harvested in Yakima, WA, Knowledge is depicted by Rhinegeist as an experiment.

“We played with hops we had never brewed with before, in combinations we had not yet explored, and pushed in different directions…” they said in a press release. “This beer is Knowledge.”

It’s described as an “intensely hoppy Imperial IPA that expresses the deep pine and citrus tones that put American hops on the map.”

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

Have any restaurant developments to share with us? Share in the comments below, or shoot us an email at [email protected].


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