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ColumBest 2018

This is the time of year that we at (614) anxiously await the announcement of our yearly “best of” Columbus reader poll. The floodgates open in anticipation of a torrent of responses to various iterations of a single question: “What is your favorite _______?” From bars and breweries to bands and boutiques, the ColumBest poll [...]
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This is the time of year that we at (614) anxiously await the announcement of our yearly “best of” Columbus reader poll. The floodgates open in anticipation of a torrent of responses to various iterations of a single question: “What is your favorite _______?” From bars and breweries to bands and boutiques, the ColumBest poll is our chance to hear the people speak.

And speak, you did! With 1,119,517 votes, this was our most powerful avalanche of replies yet. In nearly a decade of the best-of-the-best of people, places, products, and services; this is the most voluminous reverberation of rejoinders thus far. Well over 14,000 people told us who their favorite bakery is for 2018. (Congrats, Koko Tea Salon and Bakery!) And over 4,000 of you threw your hat in the ring to vote for the category of “pick-up bar” to let us know that cruising for company is still a thing the Internet doesn’t have absolute control over. (We’re lookin’ at you, Standard Hall.)

So, before we sink into the singularity, and while the people still hold the power, let’s exercise our right to choose the leaders in their fields. The following categories hold triumphant winners, and the excellent runners up in all things Columbus. Keep this copy as a guide to the best places to nosh, slosh and mingle—at least until next year.

 

Food

Booze and Bars

People and Places

Shopping and Services

 

After you’re done reading, party with some of the best of the best on May 21st at Express LIVE! Get all the details, here.

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Standard Hall, two others reportedly closed

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Photo by: Julian Foglietti

According to multiple news outlets, including 10tv.com, the beleaguered Short North hot spot Standard Hall is once again closed temporarily after one of its employees allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.

The original Facebook and other social media posts that led to the news reports have been removed from Standard Hall's social media sites.

Standard Hall was one of the first establishments to reopen once COVID restrictions were lifted and was immediately one of the first to close due to violations. It reopened just three weeks ago.

The state does not require a restaurant to close after an employee tests positive but strongly recommends it. In this case, two other Corso Ventures establishments are reportedly closed because the same employee was within both places: the Short North Pint House and Short North Goody Boy. The now deleted Facebook post supposedly said they were closing all three for a short time to deep clean each of the establishments.

You can stay tuned for updates here or on Standard Hall's Facebook page.

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Toledo officer killed; Statehouse flags to fly half staff

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Governor Mike DeWine issued a statement this morning after Toledo police officer Anthony Dia was killed in the line of duty this morning around 12:30 a.m.

DeWine has ordered Statehouse and Lucas County flags at half staff through his funeral service, expected next week.

"Fran and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death last night of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia in the line of duty," DeWine stated. "We extend our sympathy to his wife and 2-year-old child, his other family members, and his colleagues in the Toledo Police Department.  To honor the life and service of Officer Dia, I have ordered that the flags in Lucas County and at the Statehouse be lowered to half staff beginning tomorrow and through his funeral service."

You can read the in-depth account, including witness statements and video of the event on the Toldeo Blade website here.

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CAPA cancels Cinema Columbus film festival

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COVID continues to wreck havoc on anything remotely resembling a gathering as CAPA and its event partners today announced the cancelation of Cinema Columbus 2020, a new Columbus film festival celebrating new and diverse cinematic works from around the world.

While new dates have not yet been determined, the first annual Cinema Columbus will be rescheduled for 2021.

“This was to be the inaugural year for Cinema Columbus, but with all the challenges of 2020, we felt that a fledgling festival would not be best positioned for success,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. “We thank the Drexel TheatreGateway Film CenterWexner Center for the Arts, and community partner Film Columbus for their commitment to this event and look forward to launching this important cinematic celebration in 2021.”

Learn more here.

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