Restaurant Roundup: Springtime Launches
It was inevitable that once food became so much more mobile, that drink would as well. Ohio Taproom, one of Columbus’ premier spots for local and craft beer located at 1291 West Third Avenue, is debuting their mobile taproom this month. The roving bar will appear at licensed festivals and at businesses with the correct alcohol permits. The pub on wheels will resemble a Dodge Ram 1500, the prototype vehicle after which John Evans, owner of Ohio Taproom, designed the inaugural unit, and will feature at least 6 taps serving all local beer and soda. The mobile taproom will make appearances at the opening ceremony for the Columbus Idea Foundry’s new location on May 30th and June 1st, Grandview Digfest on June 14th, and at Tour de Grandview on June 27th. For more on Ohio Taproom, visit www.theohiotaproom.com.
This May, Dewey’s Pizza, which originated in Cincinnati in 1998, will open its third location in Central Ohio. This latest store will be in Dublin, at 6540 Perimeter Drive. The 4,000 square feet store will be able to seat 100 guests, and will serve the same hand-tossed pizza pies fans have come to love, like the Green Lantern and the Edgar Allan Poe. Dewey’s Pizza also has locations in Grandview/5xNW, at 1327 West Fifth Avenue, and in Worthington, at 640 High Street. There are 17 Dewey’s Pizza joints across the region. For more on Dewey’s Pizza Dublin, visit www.deweyspizza.com.
In a continuing effort to be more than just a grocery store, The Hills Market Downtown, located at 95 North Grant Avenue, are introducing Darista Dips – gourmet dips that are just as healthy as they are tasty. They come in a variety of flavors, including All Hail the Kale with kale, carrots, and Snowville Creamery yogurt, Hip-Hoppin’ Morockin’ Carrot, a spicy blast of carrots, harissa, and raw honey, and Step It Up a Beet, a lemon-infused blend of chickpeas and roasted beets. The Hills Market will host a launch party for Darista Dips on Wednesday, May 14th from 5pm – 7pm, with appetizer samples to be paired with the three dip flavors. Chef Jacob Hough of Barcelona Restaurant will also be on hand to create a special dish. Darista Dips can also be found at the Clintonville Community Market, The Greener Grocer, and The Hills Market Worthington. For more on Darista Dips, check out www.facebook.com/DaristaCafe.
One of the city’s most popular vendors of both savory and sweet crèpes, Leslie’s Creperie, part food truck/part caterer/part pop-up specialist, will be moving into the Boat House at Easton. The Boat House is located near the fountain at the north end of the complex, across from Bon Vie. There, customers will be able to find their favorite snacks, like the Egg, Spinach and Feta Crèpe, or the addictive Nutella & Banana. Leslie’s Creperie will also add at least one new item to the menu: a crèpe filled with sweetened cream cheese, shredded coconut, cardamom, and fresh mangoes. Leslie’s Creperie at Easton is expected to open on Memorial Day, May 31st. For more, visit www.lesliescreperie.com.