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The decline in traditional newspaper readership has done more than separate the populace from the powers that be, it’s also fractured the connection between two former morning-time partners: Coffee and comics. Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard Which is why Columbus’s Josh Hara is here to put a little Banksy in your breakfast. His #100CoffeeCup project, [...]



The decline in traditional newspaper readership has done more than separate the populace from the powers that be, it’s also fractured the connection between two former morning-time partners:

Coffee and comics.


Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Which is why Columbus’s Josh Hara is here to put a little Banksy in your breakfast. His #100CoffeeCup project, wherein he charmingly defaces discarded white Starbucks cups with offhand cartoons, went viral last month. A simple merging of his loves—caffeine, cartoons, sarcasm, social media—the project has landed the digital content manager in the headlines of Mashable, The Telegraph, and Buzzfeed, among others.

“When people used to get their newspapers in the morning, they would skip ahead to the comics page,” Hara said. “So this is serving it up in that same set of mind-space: I need something funny to start my day—something that is not too thought-provoking and is simple. When you’re drinking coffee and looking at a coffee cup and have that blank morning stare, this is the kind of content that you want. You want light, funny content.”

Twitter was a lightning bolt of creativity for Hara, who works for world-renowned ad agency Resource, and has organically built his @yoyoha handle to more than 60,000 followers.


Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

“I was always writing jokes, emailing them to friends—doing cartoons and sending them to friends—and I had my own little website for it and stuff. So Facebook and Twitter were so much easier for you than just emailing it to this group of friends that was hand-selected and gathered, who may have sent it on to their friends. Social media, in general, was built for someone like me who liked to spend his free time just creating funny shit.”

As the Brits might say, Hara relishes in “taking the piss,” his tongue-in-cheek cartoons lampooning corporate and pop culture, as well as a venti dose of self-deprecation.

“I’m defacing a piece of corporate culture or this corporate artifact with my own creativity,” Hara said. “I think that’s the fun of it, too. Starbucks isn’t knocking my door down because I’m writing bullshit, because most of this stuff I’m writing is making fun of things or being snarky.”

Since the simple idea captured the adoration of the Internet, Hara admits the project (which will document him finishing 100 cups by the end of 2015) has revived his love of art and strengthened his philosophy on what art should be.

“Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve had bigger ideas about cartoons. But it’s paralyzing to sit over a big piece of paper. The disposability of [the cups] just makes it like, ‘So what if it’s not perfect?’ It shouldn’t be perfect—it’s on a f*cking coffee cup. It’s a cylinder. For me, it was something that I could do creative everyday that’s not about what I do for a living.” The project has also given Hara a proper venue to have a bolder artistic voice. He’s the first to admit that he’s dreamed of being a cartoonist or a comedy writer for a living, and working in advertising—especially inthe social media era—is a “safe environment” in which to figuratively draw moustaches on society. He’ll leave the edgier stuff to the pros.


Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

[If I was a street artist] I would be the one guy who gets caught,” Hara laughed. “I would never be Banksy, or Keith Haring, or any of these artists that I idolize. I would always be the guy that got caught and had to go to jail and had to call my parents. And had to spend the night in jail because I spray painted on somebody’s f*cking lawn.”

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Italian Lebanese hybrid restaurant coming to German Village

Regina Fox



What do you get when you cross Italian food with Lebanese fare? Bistrolino.

The new hybrid restaurant will take over the spot formerly occupied by Harvest Pizzeria at 495 S 4th St. in German Village. A December open date is expected.

Columbus Business First reports Bistrolino is owned by Samer Chedid and Francesco Todisco, who worked together at Aladdin's Eatery. As immigrants, Chedid will bring is Lebanon roots to the concept, while Todisco will contribute his Italian influence.

Todisco told Columbus Business First the menu will be small, offering single-serving baking dishes including zucchini parmesan, braciola, and a Lebanese flatbread called man'oushe.

Keep an eye on Bistrolino's Facebook for updates.

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Taft’s on Draft: Cinci Brewporium opens first Columbus location in Franklinton

Linda Lee Baird



After hearing all the hype about Cincinnati’s up-and-coming Over the Rhine neighborhood a few years back, I went to see it for myself. The first stop was Taft’s Ale House, a gigantic brewery inside of a church originally built in 1850, fully renovated for guests’ reveling pleasure. After spending the next few hours sampling beverages and snacking on beer cheese pretzels, I was inclined to believe the neighborhood hype. Did I fully explore OTR that night? I don’t actually remember. But I’m certain that I had a great time at Taft’s. So when I found out that Taft’s was coming to Columbus, the news sounded even sweeter than their Maverick Chocolate Porter.

Taft’s Brewpourium Columbus spans nearly 6,000 square feet in the Gravity development, including over 2,000 square feet of patio space. Like the development itself, Taft’s is building an artistic theme into its new offering. “Our actual design is going to be kind of focused on ‘80s/‘90s pop art,” said David Kassling, Managing Partner for Taft’s Brewing Company. “Being that Franklinton definitely has its art roots, we think that’s a great way to ingrain ourself in the community.”

Kassling said that the word brewpourium literally means the place where the brew is poured. That they’ve chosen to make “brewpourium” part of their name tells you everything you need to know about what Taft’s wants to be known for: its carefully crafted suds. The brewpourium will have at least 10 taps serving Taft’s original varieties, including its signature Gavel Banger IPA, which was voted best beer in Cincinnati last March by the city’s residents.

Taft’s will offer a full food menu as well. Kassling is particularly proud to introduce New Haven-style pizza to Columbus. “We’re recreating a style that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Ohio,” he said. (The style is also known as apizza, which is pronounced "a piece," as in, I’d like a piece of that crisp coal-red cheesy goodness right now, please.) Kassling describes it as a cross between New York and Neapolitan style. Taft’s version features our and tomatoes imported from Italy.

Rounding out the menu is another ‘90s-inspired treat, this time in dessert form. Remember Dunkaroos, those cookies that came in a package with icing designed for dipping, perhaps consumed while you watched episodes of Saved By the Bell? Taft’s will serve up Taftaroos, its unique take on the snack.

Kassling plans to use the brewpourium’s large space to offer patrons activities beyond food and drink. The stage will be open for games of darts when not in use for performances. On the floor, guests will find shufflepuck and Killer Queen, an arcade game utilizing 8-bit graphics in line with the old-school theme. Video game fans will also find gaming stations inlaid in the bar, with several retro options to choose from.

With three Cincinnati locations in operation, Kassling is not new to the business. Even so, expanding to Columbus marks a milestone, and one he wasn’t always seeking to meet. “We didn’t necessarily look at this as we needed to expand to a new city or we needed to expand to Columbus,” he said.

But when the opportunity to join the Gravity Project presented itself, Kassling said it proved too good to pass up. “We’re really excited, not only because of the nature of the building being so modern and unique, not just to Columbus, but to anywhere. But also the shape of our space is funky, and that led to different ideas in what we wanted to do with our build out.”

Kassling acknowledged that in coming to Columbus, Taft’s is joining a few of our communities: the community of Franklinton, to be sure, but also the well-established community of independent breweries operating across the city. An installation built into Taft’s countertop will pay homage to this fact, incorporating crushed cans and packaging from breweries like Seventh Son, Land-Grant, and North High. “It’s gonna be totally an art piece,” he said.

Rather than focusing on the potentially competitive aspect of the brewing scene, Kassling emphasized the camaraderie and common goals within the industry. “At the end of the day, craft beer is a great way to bring people together,” he said. “And at the end of the day, we’re all preaching community and good times.”

While Taft’s new location may not be in a church, Kassling’s words are the type of preaching that I can get behind.

Taft’s Brewpourium Columbus is located at 440 W Broad St. in the Gravity project. For more details about Taft’s, visit

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New “relaxed” wine house now open in Dublin

614now Staff



Next time you're in Dublin, make sure to stop and smell the rosé at the city's newest wine bar. Coast Wine House recently opened at 75 S High St., offering a contemporary wine bar + bottle shop inspired by a blend of the spirit of coastal California and traditional wine country cafés, markets, and bodegas, according to the website.

Coast assures they don't take themselves too seriously "in contrast to the conventional wine world," describes the website.

"The mood is decidedly relaxed. The wine is pleasantly chilled," Coast says.

The wine bar is run by Dustin Snow, who his wife, Molly, believes brings a "warm and relaxed" feel to Coast.

"A visit to our house is by no means fancy, but Dustin makes it special, because he genuinely wants to make you feel at home," she wrote on Instagram. "And since Coast is an extension of our home you will have this same warm and relaxed experience."

Coast is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12pm- 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm- 10pm, and closed Sunday through Tuesday. To learn more visit

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