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Hungry? Condado Tacos now open

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Get tacos tomorrow night, Columbus. The Vegan Hesher is dankle. #tacotoucher #tacosnotdrugs #restaurantdesign

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His goal was to open by the Michigan game and it looks like everything will go to plan. Condado is set to open on Tuesday to serve up tacos in the Short North. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with $2 tacos and $3 margaritas all day to celebrate their opening.

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Previously November 4, 2014
Day of the Dead themed tacos coming soon to Cbus

Day of the Dead and tacos are about to meet in a new restaurant called Condado. The taco joint is set to open by the Michigan game at the end of this month, or possibly in early December. It is the brainchild of Joe Kahn who has owned restaurants in the Cleveland area and will take over the old Circus Bar space in the Short North. “I wanted to kind of go off on my own and the Short North is a great area and Columbus is a great area,” Kahn said. He’s hoping to test the waters in Columbus (notoriously known as a test market) to see if his Day of the Dead taco joint has what it takes to make it nationally. If the idea is successful, he said he will open another Columbus location and then go nationally from there.

The theme will be saturated through the entirety of the restaurant and Kahn found church pews to turn into banquettes along with skeletons and traditional Day of the Dead art to adorn the walls of his new restaurant. There will be margaritas galore (along with a top notch happy hour) and constant streams of fresh queso and guacamole. “Everything is just done from scratch daily which is really what made me popular back in Cleveland, so I am bringing that real fresh food,” he said. Nick Nostadt, long-time New York chef is returning to his Ohio roots to be the chef at Condado.

Plus, there will be late night tacos. It’s hard to beat 2 a.m. tacos.


Previously August 18, 2014
Cleveland restaurateur leaving for Cbus

Saturday, Whiskey Dogg closed for good in Cleveland because the owner is ready to head for Columbus. The owner, Joe Kahn, also owned Barrio taco in Tremont and Lakewood, and his plan is to expand his taco joints to Columbus. “I loved the Whiskey Dogg concept, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity in Columbus,” he said according to Cleveland Scene Weekly. He plans to have the taco joint open in the Short North by the fall under a different name, but the same concept as his other shops. “We really love that market — it’s hopping down there,” Kahn said of the Short North.

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Barrels, get your whiskey barrels here!

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Middle West Spirits has just announced a new sale program to unload their growing surplus of whiskey barrels. Barrels will be available for pickup and sale from their warehouse, 470 E. Starr Ave., Sat., July 18,  8 a.m. to noon.

Middle West will sell 30-gallon and 53-gallon barrels for $50 and $75 respectively. You may also pick up barrel staves for $3. 

The barrels for sale were used for either bourbon, rye, or wheat whiskey, and the barrel type can be specified upon purchase. 

Whiskey barrels, and bourbon barrels, in particular, have a long history of reuse in spirit aging internationally. This is a wonderful opportunity for home distillers to snag a barrel for their own experimentation. 

And if your skills lie outside of the world of homebrewing, there are more than enough craft possibilities in one of these recycled barrels.. With projects ranging from bars, to chairs and tables, the DIY-er will have endless options for creativity. 

Barrels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can also be reserved by emailing the barrel size and whiskey type to [email protected]

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Westerville’s Wine Bistro has a new name—reopens Thursday with makeover

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Even though City Brands announced that the Wine Bistro in Worthington wouldn’t be returning, there were initial rumors that the Westerville location also wouldn’t be making a comeback.

Original reports were wrong, and City Brands announced the return of the Westerville Wine Bistro, 925 N. State St.,on July 9 after a light remodel. You can find the (614) report on the City Brands reopenings and closings here.

The remodeling isn’t the only thing that’s going to be new about the Wine Bistro in Westerville, though. Or as we should we say now, NAPA Kitchen + Bar. With locations  in Westerville, Dublin, and Montgomery, Ohio,  NAPA Kitchen + Bar is a sister concept to The Wine Bistro.

“We feel the NAPA Kitchen + Bar concept will really appeal to a wide range of guests in Westerville. We wanted to undertake this conversion for quite a while but never found the right time to close down for the renovations,” Tim Rollins, President of The Metropolitan Companies and owner of NAPA kitchen + bar, said in a press release on Thursday.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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Rye In July

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Rye in July featuring the Algonquin! We teamed up with Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo for this tasty Rye, perfect for July! Today's Rye is featuring the Algonquin, with notes of spice, tobacco, and fruit balanced throughout this cocktail - it's sure to please!

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