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An ode to 18 bars, restaurants we lost in 2018




This year brought many new and exciting food and beverages concepts to central Ohio, but we mustn’t let the newbies overshadow the establishments that disappeared from Columbus’ landscape.

Here is 614NOW’s ode to 18 bars and restaurants we lost in 2018. May you all rest in peace.

Ugly Tuna goes belly up, closing May 1 

April 30, 2018

Between the cheap beers to the inexpensive wells liquor, Ugly Tuna was that perfect in between place for getting a little too drunk, breaking out your worst dance moves on the dance floor, or just finding a spot… Read more

UPDATE: The Dube Confirms Closing, Plans To Return With Same Name

May 9, 2018

“There is no easy to break the news, but the time has come…” Read more

“Gracias de corazón!” Downtown Latin American staple closing

November 2, 2018

An ethnic downtown restaurant will be closing its doors after 13 years… Read more


Mama’s Pasta and Brew closing permanently in 2 days

August 28, 2018

The OSU wrecking ball has claimed another victim: Mama’s Pasta and Brew… Read more

Angry Baker won’t look back in anger at closed University shop

August 13, 2018

After two years, The Angry Baker will be closing the University District restaurant… Read more

“No one’s business” why Worthington restaurant closed

January 1, 2018

A restaurant in Worthington abruptly bit the dust recently… Read more

Relax Paul Revere, this British-themed pub is now closed

January 10, 2018

The British are no longer coming as The Pub at Polaris is now officially closed… Read more

And then there was one, Just Pies closes 2 locations

October 29, 2018

Ahead of their busy season, Just Pies announced Tuesday they are closing two of its three locations… Read more

Bygone B Spot: Award-winning burger joint closes

July 27, 2018

The burger chain that’s landed itself on a number of national best-burger lists is closing up its sole Columbus locations… Read more

Clintonville’s Pocket Produce sows last seed

July 9, 2018

Clintonville’s quick and fresh food stop for health-conscious folks around town has shuttered… Read more

This town ain’t big enough for 2 Ram Breweries

June 25, 2018

Though Columbus is the 14th biggest city in the country, it’s just not big enough to support two Ram Restaurant & Breweries… Read more

Oldest Winking Lizard kicking the bucket soon

April 13, 2018

It was a good run, but the oldest operating Winking Lizard in Columbus is calling it a wrap… Read more


“One of Columbus’ best restaurants” closes permanently

December 21, 2018

What Columbus Monthly calls “one of Columbus’ best restaurants” closed this past weekend… Read more

Goodbye old friend: Curio as we know it closes

July 9, 2018

German Village’s impossibly cool cocktail bar, Curio, has been acquired by Harvest Pizzeria… Read more

Is Polaris restaurant location cursed? Rustic Barrel closes

February 12, 2018

The restaurant at 8665 Sancus Blvd in Polaris has claimed its latest victim. First it was Tilted Kilt and now The Rustic Barrel… Read more

Oh Weltschmerz: German Village bakery closes after 50 years

January 29, 2018

A 50-year staple of German Village closed abruptly, leading the way for a new international restaurant to enter the scene… Read more

De Novo to close Jan. 31

January 20, 2018

De Novo, which as been in the cit since 2011, joins Salt & Pine as the second restaurant in the area to close up shop… Read more

End of the rope for Four String Brewery until further notice

September 29, 2018

Four String Brewing Company has apparently closed their doors which could be a temporary or permanent measure… Read more

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Clintonville Brunch Crawl: We dare you to squeeze all 3 stops into 1 day




Clintonville is lovely this time of year, especially when you make three separate stops for brunch. 

Whether the weather is gracing the charming little burgh with a healthy dose of vitamin D or giving it a couple spins around the Lazy Susan that is Ohio’s climate, a trifecta of morning food destinations is sure to keep your mood afloat.

BLunch  • 2973 N High St.

Yes, we know that Columbus now is home to a Drunch AND a BLunch.

Snicker all ya want—if you do, you’d be missing out on one of the culinary scene’s welcome newcomers—a half-day cafe that carries the comforts of a First Watch, but with the sophisticated execution of Tasi or Katalina’s.

The White Family has decades of hospitality under their belt—the family owned Galena’s Mudflats until recently, and dad Jeff has been running the OSU Faculty Club for the past 20 years.

Those two were training grounds for son Jeff, once a young, eager dishwasher and now head chef for the White’s new “daylight eatery and bar.” Mom Jane, despite her own admission that in the family’s tavern-running days breakfast didn’t get served until halfway through afternoon, now relishes an intimate spot where people can maintain their own balance between booze and breakfast.

A full-bar at brunch is a rarity in the peculiar little burg, and positioned near Lineage, Old Skool, and Condado, BLunch could be the perfect starting point for a casual Clintonville crawl.

Then again, you may not have another stop after Chef Jeff gets done with ya. He and the White family have concepted a bennies-and-batter focused menu, where you’ll be sure to come back after a healthy amount of indecision. Me? I’ve been dreaming about the Bananas Foster pancakes (topped with ice cream) and the huevos rancheros over masa cake for weeks. – Travis Hoewischer


Dough Mama • 3335 N High St.

Dough Mama is the top of my list for my favorite breakfast joint. I love so much about this place.

The atmosphere is super chill, laid back, and inviting. The food is so so good. I would call it comfort food with an extra sprinkle of love and thought.

From pie to salad, it’s all good.

They use a variety of local and seasonal ingredients and support some of my favorite local delicacies with Dan the Baker bread and Thunderkiss coffee … YUM! They also have a variety of vegan and gluten-free options.

I am smitten with the Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy muffin. This place is my go to for a yummy drippy egg, roasted potatoes, salad, a sweet treat and a perfect cup of coffee.


My husband loves Grammie’s Sammie and a piece of Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie. I somehow manage to splurge here and feel really really good about it.

Their menu has some great staples but they also always have specials that look and are amazing.

Right now they serve both lunch and breakfast during the day and I’ve heard it through the grapevine that they will soon be open in the evening and serving dinner. I cannot wait to see what delicious dishes they create for that menu. – Jana Rock

Baba’s • 2515 Summit St.

Baba’s is my go-to breakfast spot in Columbus. You can grab a breakfast sandwich on their homemade griddle muffins (aka little pillows of heaven), order a rack of ribs, or in the spirit of Alabama Worley, have a slice of perfect pie and a cup of Thunderkiss coffee.

Their delicious baked goods are made in house, they smoke all of their own meats and their produce and coffee are all sourced locally, though their espresso will send you to the moon.

The service is fast, their team is super-friendly and there are never any pretentious vibes in the super chill atmosphere they have created on the corner of Hudson and Summit.

They’ve made a beautiful impact in their short existence in the SoHud neighborhood, fostering local artistic connections and bringing beautiful new mural art that rotates different artist from the community throughout the year. Don’t forget to grab one of their perfect cinnamon rolls for later. — Vanessa Jean Speckman

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Harvest Pizzeria sowing last seeds in German Village




Eight years ago, Harvest Pizzeria cropped up in a small space in German Village. Today, the local pizza chain announced the closure of its flagship location.

Harvest Pizzeria German Village will open its doors for the final time on Saturday, April 27th.

“Despite the success of Harvest in German Village and our strong ties to the neighborhood, the owner of the property will not honor our renewal of the lease,” wrote founder Chris Crader in an email. “…the landlord’s demands for a new lease at a higher rate would not allow our little pizzeria to remain viable.


Crader added that he is proud of the strides Harvest German Village has made over the years, and thankful for the community that’s supported it. He hopes they can return to the neighborhood when the right spot presents itself.

As far as the employees go, Crader wrote that with the success of the other locations, the German Village workers will be able to join a team at another restaurant.

“Harvest sincerely thanks all of its loyal supporters and we hope to see you at our other locations soon,” wrote Crader.

This news follows the announcement of the Grandview Harvest closing back in February. Read more here.

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Crawfish boils claw their way into Columbus Saturday

Mike Thomas



What’s the deal with crawfish boils? Sure, they’re delicious, but as a true land-lubbing midwesterner, my knowledge of this particular culinary phenomenon is fairly lacking.

That said, I definitely can’t tell you why there are multiple crawfish boils going down this Saturday. Best not to overthink it—just enjoy the experience!

Pecan Penny’s |113 East Main Street
Saturday at 4 PM – 7 PM

Sponsored by Brewdog, downtown BBQ joint Pecan Penny’s is kicking off patio season with an all-you-can-eat Crawfish boil, complete with giveaways and a DJ.


Rehab Tavern | 456 W Town St
2 PM – 6 PM

Rehab’s own 4/20 crawfish boil kicks off at 2:00. Your $15.75 entrance fee will net you a pint of beer in addition to all-you-can-eat crawfish and fixins’!

Can’t make either of these, or want to try the boil experience before committing to a large-scale event? Check out Kai’s Crab Boil or Boiling Seafood Crawfish—both on Bethel Road —for first-rate seafood experiences you won’t soon forget.

Why are there two crawfish boils on the same day? Why are there two crawfish restaurants on the same road? We may never know, and honestly, who cares? Crawfish is the bomb! Just put on your bib and get crackin’!

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