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Wake Up and Smell the Snark!

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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Rémy Cointreau presents: The Sidecar





We teamed up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring you an icon of cognac cocktails. Ben's previous videos featured the art of margarita-mixology, and now we are moving on to another tasty cocktail. This timeless, opulent drink is well-balanced and fresh.

With National Cognac Day coming up, we figured it would be great to share, Rémy Martin 1738 presents The Sidecar.

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National Brisket Day is Today!

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With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day here at last - we've gathered a roundup of some spots you can go to to get your brisket fix.

Legacy Smoke House

With their main location in Hilliard and a food truck moving throughout the city, Legacy Smoke House is a solid choice for brisket on National Brisket Day, just be sure to get there while supplies last. Enjoy!

Pecan Pennys

Just off Main Street, Pecan Pennys is ready to fulfill your brisket needs. If your looking to feed a family though be sure to get your orders in advance as they're requesting 24 hours notice on dinner bundles.

Ray-Ray's Hog Pit

With locations in Franklinton, Westerville, Clintonville and Powell Ray Ray's Hog Pit is open for business with brisket stocked at all locations. #NationalBrisketDay is the best day!

Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering

Located on Bethel Road, Hoggy’s will be stocking brisket for both dine-in or carryout. Feel free to stop in or stop by!

The Pit

With a new location opened up on Parsons Ave. The Pit BBQ will be offering brisket for the National day. Celebrate with some tasty brisket!

City Barbeque

City Barbeque will be offering brisket for the National day! So get excited and get ready for some yummy BBQ brisket!

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{UPDATED} Indoor Dining: what’s NOT opening?




Los Gauchos

PINS Mechanical Co.

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Hey Pinheads. We're so excited to hear that our world is beginning to reopen! Many of you have reached out asking about our opening plans so we wanted to provide a brief update on Pins Mechanical Co. While we fully trust and support the decisions of our local leaders, it’s our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our team members and guests, while not sacrificing the experience that makes Pins, Pins! With that in mind, none of our locations will be opening in May. There are many unknowns with COVID-19 and we hope that taking this extra time will help our guests and teammates feel better about the measures we’ve put in place to keep all of us safe. For example, on top of our already stringent cleaning procedures, we’re installing UV technology at all locations (ensuring you always have clean balls to play with). We’re looking forward to welcoming back our kick-ass team to train and adjust to this new normal. Once our people feel comfortable + confident, we’ll know it’s time to get rollin’ again! Thank you for your incredible support, online sales, photo shares + kind words over the last two months. Even when you couldn’t show up, you showed up and we’ll never forget it! We’re hopeful that everyone will be safe and smart as we begin to reopen the doors to the small businesses that make our communities so special. See you soon, Pinheads!

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Old North Arcade

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Dear friends, . As you are most likely aware, Governor DeWine has permitted the reopening of bars and restaurants for dine-in seating effective 5/21. We are very grateful that our leadership is now offering businesses the choice to do what they think is right. We offer no judgment for the bars and restaurants that are/have chosen to open. However, for our particular business, and for our staff, we still think it's too early. We are going to remain closed this week and next but do hope to open soon. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated and we cannot wait to see you all. It is important to us that we apply an extra layer of safety and precaution on top of the govermental recommendations. Tentatively, we are looking at the end of May to reopen in a very limited capacity but we're following local and national developments very closesly so will be quick to bail if things turn south. Your continued support has been quite humbling. Thank you. Stay healthy, support local, and be more than kind to one another. . Cautiously optimistic, . ONA Staff

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Watershed Kitchen + Bar

101 Beer kitchen

They are delaying opening dine-in service until May 26th.

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Stay tuned on social for patio and dine-in updates!

J. Gumbo's

J. Gumbo's will continue to stay open for online ordering for pick up and delivery - stay tuned for dine-in updates.

Mouton on High

The Whitney House

The Whitney House will be opening Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11 am.

The Guild House

Stay tuned for opening dates!

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Stay safe everyone 💕

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Smoked On High

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

The Woodbury

The Woodbury will be opening its doors for dine-in service on June 1 2020.


Roosters are not opening dine-in until May 26th 2020.

The Eagle

The Eagle is temporarily closed - stay tuned on social for updates!

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In light of the government mandated closure of dine-in business for an indeterminable period of time, we’ve made the incredibly hard decision to temporarily close The Eagle Columbus. . Given the truly unprecedented and quickly evolving nature of this health crisis, we’ve been forced to make the best decisions we can, with the information we have. As the true scale of this crisis has been revealed, it’s become impossible to deny the impact this mandate will have on our business and team members. This decision was made as all of our decisions have been: with the health, happiness, well being and best interests of our guests and team members in mind. . The state of Thunderdome Restaurant Group is strong and we look forward to seeing and serving you all on the other side of this. Truth, courage, and be well.

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Lavash Cafe

Tiger + Lily

Tiger + Lily is sticking to carry out for the time being. Follow them on social for updates for dine-in!

Yats Grandview

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is continuing to stick to curbside pickup, delivery, or touchless pick-up.

Harvest Pizza

Bareburger Columbus

Bareburger is opening for dine-in on May 26th, 2020.


City Barbeque

Local Cantina - Creekside, Grandview, Dublin, Westerville, Hilliard Locations

Creekside Local Cantina is delaying opening indoor dining until May 26, 2020.

OH Pizza and Brew

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