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Restaurant Roundup: Spring Mania Part 2

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Restaurant Roundup: Spring Mania Part 2
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Spring is in full swing, and restaurants around Columbus have spent May in a flurry of activity, opening porches, formulating new menus, and expanding hours (CLICK HERE for Part 1 of the Roundup). Here’s what’s been cooking in Columbus the past few weeks:

FUSIAN will open at 4124 N. High Street in Clintonville later this fall, across from Northstar Cafe and Jeni’s. This will mark the fast-casual make-your-own-sushi restaurant’s fourth Columbus location. Further down High, The Chop Shop has opened at 2159 N. High Street. The restaurant, owned by the same team behind Big/Little Bar, sells burgers, shakes, and cheap domestic drafts. On Wednesday, Rambling House Soda will team with Paddy Wagon food truck, opening a kitchen at their University District location. The kitchen will act as Paddy Wagon’s first brick and mortar location. The menu will feature “eclectic Appalachian cuisine,” bar snacks, and the “Most Wanted” lineup from Paddy Wagon.

Hubbard Grille has released a new brunch menu, available on Saturdays noon – 3 p.m. Their brunch, which includes dishes like caramelized banana and butterscotch waffles, may extend to Sunday when summer rolls around. Mitchell’s Ocean Club has introduced a new Sunday surf and turf menu, available from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday evenings. The two-course menu will include an 8-ounce filet with a choice of shrimp scampi, sea scallops, or crab cake. In German Village, G. Michael’s Bistro and Bar has unveiled a new seasonal spring menu. Grilled octopus chopped salad, fried frog legs, and wild ramp and mushroom strudel are all new items available, influenced by the chef’s training in lowcountry cuisine. Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern has introduced a new spring menu, adding classic dishes like spaghetti and meatballs alongside new cocktails. They’ve also added a dozen menu items and 10 side items that are newly gluten-free, for the celiacs among us. Mozart’s has a new happy hour menu, available 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday. Appetizers are half-price, and beers are $3 each for import and craft, and $2 for domestic.

Holy Smokes BBQ on N. Hamilton Road has rebranded as Barrel & Boar. The new menu includes the addition of breakfast, all-new items, and weekend brunch. On Saturday, Land Grant Brewing Company released canned versions of two of their popular beers: 1862 Ale, and Stiff Arm IPA. Both are available to buy from the brewery, and will be out in the wild at various retail locations in the next few weeks.

(CLICK HERE for Part 1 of our Restaurant Roundup)

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