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Taxed. Even the potato salad guy gets hit

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Columbus finally got its wish: national attention. But in the form of this guy trying to make potato salad. With donations at more than $40,000 (ignore the fake $70,000 you might have seen because of fake donations), Zach Brown the mastermind or lucky duck behind the campaign might not even be fazed with the huge tax estimate on his Kickstarter. According to Columbus Business First, he is estimated to be taxed about $21,000 for his endeavor. That estimate was also based on the inflated number that has since been removed though.

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Previously: July 10, 2014

Facebook doesn’t like the potato salad guy

Does anyone really look at the terms of service for anything? It’s almost universally known that you scroll to the bottom and check “yes, I agree” to whatever life altering restrictions were hidden in the legal jargon, and Zach “Danger” Brown has fallen victim to Facebook’s terms of service after his explosion of fame via potato salad. Because Facebook requires real names, the company is requesting he remove the “Danger” out of his name, which he has used without issue for three years. (The downfall of living in the limelight.)

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Previously: July 8, 2014

Potato salad party: Kickstarter campaign out of control

It was all just supposed to be a funny joke between friends, sparked from a casual conversation about favorite back yard side dishes, according to the Dispatch. Victorian Village’s Zach “Danger” Brown is about to be knee deep in potato salad after turning to Kickstarter to fund a $10 side dish—he’s now raised nearly $40,000, which is probably more potato salad than he had anticipated making. Media outlets have latched onto the story of the potato salad guy (because it’s probably more fun to talk and write about potato salad than crime and murder rates), which has effectively put more fuel on the fire for Brown. Because the money has to go toward potato salad no matter what, he is planning to rent out a venue, stream the event live and make a whole party of it.

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Brewery District bakery to close after 10 years

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The Brewery District will be sans a bakery in just a few short days.

After 10 years, Kolache Republic will be serving its last pastry on Saturday, February 8.

"We are truly grateful to our community of customers, friends, family and staff who have supported us in our pursuit to bring a unique food experience to this vibrant city as Columbus’ first and only kolache bakery," wrote Kolache Republic on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Kolacherepublic/posts/3438844786142628

Other than deciding it was "time to hang up our oven mitts and start a new chapter," the Czech pastry shop did not provide a reason for the closure.

If you're planning on showing a lot of love for Kolache Republic before it closes, Kolache recommends calling ahead for any orders of a dozen or more.

Kolache Republic is located at 730 S High St.

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Hilliard looking to tap into its first brewery soon

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Orlando-based Crooked Can Brewing is targeting a February launch for their new taproom and brewery space in Hilliard, according to Drink Up Columbus.

The 4,000-square-foot taproom will be joined by a 7,000-square-foot patio, which will provide outdoor seating for the brewery as well as Hilliard's Center Street Market, which is expected to open in March.

The taproom will also feature large viewing windows where patrons can get a behind-the-scenes look at Crooked Can's new 16,000 square foot brewing operation.

Once open, Crooked Can Brewing will be located at 5354 Center Street in Hilliard. For more info, visit Drink Up Columbus.

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Restaurant Week: High Bank’s $20 deluxe comfort food menu doesn’t disappoint

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If you've sequestered High Bank into strictly a booze category, you're missing out on one of the most well-executed comfort food menus in Columbus, especially during Restaurant Week.

Weighing in at a mere $20 per person, High Bank's three-course menu is so tantalizing, you'll struggle to pick just one dish from each. Believe me, I certainly did.

Course 1: Choice of Garden Salad, Nacho Fries, Loaded Baked Potato, Five Ways Spaghetti

With great power (being tasked with choosing just one starter) comes great responsibility (making sure I pick the best). Luckily, there really is no wrong move.

Ever had Taco Bell's Nacho Fries? High Bank's are better. Crispy, battered fries smothered in melty queso, seasoned beef, refried beans, and a generous heap of sour cream make for an elevated, indulgent, heavyweight starter. The portion is definitely big enough to share, but I wouldn't blame you if you didn't.

Course 2: Choice of High Bank Bacon Cheeseburger, Queso-Rito, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, High Bank Bowl

Since stick-to-your-bones food is officially back in season, you have to get down to High Bank for their fried chicken menu items. The chicken is battered using an incredibly light and crunchy buttermilk, fried, then dusted with cayenne that leaves a warm glow on your palate—not too hot, not too mild.

Restaurant Week features two chicken entrees: the Spicy Chicken Sandwich and the High Bank Bowl.

The sandwich is an instant comfort food classic, but the High Bank Bowl is like the designer version of KFC's Famous Bowl. The mashed potatoes are perfectly salted and buttered, the sweet corn adds just the right amount of sweetness and pop, and the cheese and gravy culminate into a savory sauce. Colonel Sanders would be impressed.

Course 3: Choice of Mint Chocolate Sandwich, Snickerdoodle Sandwich, Oreo Sandwich

At this point, I was almost too full to function, but I had to press on. To absolutely no one's surprise, High Bank's third course did not disappoint.

The Snickerdoodle Sandwich came with two perfectly under-baked snickerdoodle cookies bookending a lump of hard-dip butter pecan ice cream. Drizzles of white chocolate over top sent this dessert into the winner's circle.

I can't remember the last time I felt so repleted, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat, and so should you. At just $20 a head, this is a deal you can't afford to miss.

Click here to check out High Bank's Restaurant Week menu. To learn more about Restaurant Week January 20-25, visit eat614.com.

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