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A fond farewell to 19 bars and restaurants that closed in 2019

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With the booming bar and restaurant scene in central Ohio, some turnover is inevitable. Join us as we take a look back at some of the bars and restaurants that fell by the wayside in 2019.

Diners bid a fond “adios” to Easton-area Mexican eatery Abuelo’s this year. Gone too soon? 614NOW readers may think so, as news of the closure was one of our most-read food and drink stories of the year.

Actual Brewing closed its east side headquarters and short-lived Clintonville Taproom following sexual assault allegations that were leveled against owner Fred Lee. The company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy soon after the closures.

Fans of healthy, locally-sourced food in central Ohio were bummed when Acre closed up shop. The restaurant’s tailor-made menus were a favorite among vegetarians, paleo-dieters, and others with specific dietary needs.

There’s no sense waffling about it: after nine-ish months of serving unique waffles in the Short North, Belgian Iron bowed out of the breakfast game.

Who says all good things must come to an end? Though Danny’s Deli closed its brick-and-mortar location at 37 W Broad St., all of your favorites from the Columbus institution are now available at Lexi’s on Third at 100 E Broad St.

Pour one out for District Pour House—the bar and restaurant in the South Campus Gateway poured its last pint this year.

As the Short North shuffle continued, deep-dish pizza mainstay Fabian’s closed its doors in October of 2019. The longstanding Chicago-style pizza joint was replaced by Short North Paint & Sip.

Farewell, Fuzzy’s. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at 479 N High St. closed permanently this year. Fuzzy’s also made news in 2019 when the Columbus Public Health Department issued a warning to everyone that had dined there to seek medical attention after an employee who had direct contact with the food was diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

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After a 7-year luau in downtown, downtown Polynesian eatery Grass Skirt hulaed off into the horizon. According to a post on Facebook, the owners plan to reopen at a later time in a new location.

Harvest Pizzeria pulled a switcheroo this year, closing both its German Village and Grandview restaurants while announcing plans for a new location at 940 S Front St. in the Brewery District.

No use whining about it—House Wine in Bexley called it quits after a few months in business. The Worthington location is still going strong.

Go off, King. Grandview-area sports bar, restaurant, and concert venue King Avenue 5 ended its 13-year run in 2019. The space has since reopened as a new location for Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza.

Clintonville got a little less delicious, as Little Eater permanently closed its location at 4215 N High St. The restaurant specialized in veggie-centric dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.

After 52 years in business, O.G. Columbus-style pizza joint Minelli’s announced it will close its Sullivant Avenue location at the end of 2019.

In another blow to the city’s selection of great Italian fare, Morone’s Italian Villa on Bethel Road closed its doors so that “fearless leader” JJ could focus on her health following a breast cancer diagnosis.

Known for its bubble tea, sweets, and fast-casual food with a Filipino flair, Red Velvet Cafe went into the red this year, shuttering the bakery located at 246 S. Fourth St. between Dirty Frank’s and Little Palace.

After expanding “too soon,” Sweet Carrot closed two of its locations at Polaris and Dublin. But rest assured, beef brisket corn cake fans, the flagship location in Grandview remains open.

Longtime North Market merchants Taste of Belgium were forced to close after ten years in business when the market decided not to renew its lease.

Westies Gastropub closed its remaining locations in the Short North and Brewery District this year. In its prime, the locavore-centric pubs sported three locations across Central Ohio.

What bygone bar or restaurant will you miss the most? Let us know in the comments.

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Five places to snag a donut today

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Forgetting about Memorial Day isn’t as much a sign of how irrelevant the calendar has become as compared to this following anecdote from a cherished local business. 

When talking to the owner of Buckeye Donuts about its National Donut Day plans, it didn’t dawn on him until a few days ago that he needed to start preparing for the holiday. Now, Buckeye Donuts is more than prepared, assuming a 10 p.m. curfew, which will keep the 24/7 campus spot from operating out of its original pocket.

The following list consists of five places where you can get your donut fix on Friday.

Buckeye Donuts

A local and campus establishment for 51 years, Buckeye Donuts will again be pulling out all the stops; that is, as much as they can. Being a 24-7 establishment, Buckeye Donuts has layers of bakers on deck prepared to do big bakes every eight or so hours with all sorts of varieties and specialities to indulge in.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts wants to promote kindness throughout the community this Friday. Whatever way you order, you’ll be treated to a free cinnamon sugar donut, at participating locations.

Amy’s Donuts

No purchase necessary, Amy’s Donuts is offering a free bag of cake donut holes, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts

Stop by any participating Dunkin’ and you’ll be given a free donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

All week Krispy Kreme has been spreading donut kindness. If you place an order with them today, you'll receive a free donut. The promo started on June 1.

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National Cognac Day: with a Royal Twist

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Happy National Cognac Day! We partnered up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to present to you... the Royal Sazerac! Ben has shown us a thing or two about making speciality cocktails - today he's making the Royal Sazerac, fit for a King and/or Queen.

The Royal Sazerac is well-known in the cocktail world as America's first cocktail. Also known as New Orleans' official cocktail, Remy Cointreau stands out offering its aromatic richness - making the Royal Sazerac an outstanding premium cocktail.

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Condado Tacos open in select locations after closing its doors Tuesday

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Condado Tacos is open once again after closing its doors to the public Tuesday following an employee walkout Monday night. Polaris and Clintonville locations remain closed until further notice.

Employees at the Polaris location walked out Monday after refusing to fulfill a catering order by the Ohio Highway Patrol, according to a press release from Condado Tacos Wednesday. The employees who walked out were given the opportunity to not work on the order, without repercussion, if they didn’t feel comfortable, according to a statement provided by Linda Powers, Condado Tacos director of marketing.

The order by the Highway Patrol was placed at the Condado Tacos Polaris location on the fifth-straight day of George Floyd protests in Columbus. Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide following an incident where a Minneapolis police officer placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with his knee. The incident has sparked protests across the country, including Columbus.

After reaching out to Condado’s PR agency over email, the contact stated that their team has “parted ways” with the business. 

Wednesday’s statement by Condado says they “value different points of view,” but, “choosing not to serve a particular group, in this case law enforcement officers, in itself is discrimination and goes against our core values to welcome and serve everyone.”

Read the full statement here.

Read Tuesday evening’s two-part post on Condado’s Facebook page below:

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