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Restaurants Turn to Temporary Closures as Industry Continues to Struggle

Susan Post Susan Post Restaurants Turn to Temporary Closures as Industry Continues to Struggle

To call it survival mode almost underplays the precarious situation bars and restaurants find themselves in as the coronavirus pandemic stretches into its tenth month. While Ohio continues to record thousands of confirmed cases every day, there have been a few spots of good news. The first wave of vaccines are being distributed, with plans […]

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Local Businesses React to Potential Shutdown on Social Media

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Businesses React to Potential Shutdown on Social Media

On Wednesday, November 11, Governor Mike DeWine spoke on the rapid increase of Ohio’s newly positive COVID-19 cases, noting the critical time residents are in, the need for Ohioans to wear masks and limit gatherings, and what could happen if the state continues to see high COVID-19 positivity. “What each Ohioan does in his or […]

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Ghost Kitchens Popping Up in Columbus

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Ghost Kitchens Popping Up in Columbus

A trend in the last five years in major food markets like New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago has started to appear in Central Ohio, with the first local spots getting started before the coronavirus pandemic, while others turned to the concept as a result of the struggles the industry has faced as of […]

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Early Numbers Reveal Drastic Impact on Ohio’s Restaurants

Susan Post Susan Post Early Numbers Reveal Drastic Impact on Ohio’s Restaurants

Even before Governor Mike DeWine signed an order closing Ohio’s bars and restaurants to dine-in patrons, establishments across the state were feeling the impacts of the coronavirus. The Ohio Restaurant Association conducted a survey asking restaurants about their business the week of March 8-14, the days leading up to the March 15 order. “As the […]

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Bites & Sips: Dragon Donuts, James Beard Awards, Bourbon & More

Susan Post Susan Post Bites & Sips: Dragon Donuts, James Beard Awards, Bourbon & More

Donuts and bourbon and awards! Oh my! Bites & Sips keeps you updated on tidbits of news from the world of imbibing and dining in Central Ohio. From openings to bottle releases, and the holy grail of culinary awards, read on to find what and where to eat and drink in Columbus. Dragon Donuts Debuts […]

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Video: Where Have All the Restaurant Workers Gone?

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Video: Where Have All the Restaurant Workers Gone?

Food industry workers are hard to come by lately. Restaurants in Columbus have shuttered, citing a lack of front- and back-of-house talent as a main reason — and Columbus is not alone.  John Barker, President and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA), says restaurants statewide and even nationwide are experiencing an employment drought. Listen […]

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