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Dinner for two, takeout only

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Since its opening in 2019, Comune, the Parsons Avenue veggie-forward eatery, has gained plenty of notoriety throughout the city of Columbus, but similarly is no stranger to turbulence in the restaurant industry. 

Originally started by Joe Gelatti and Brook Maikut, with a menu headed by Ben Kanavel, the restaurant quickly established itself as one of the go-to dining spots in the city for their minimalist atmosphere, incredible take on vegetable cooking, and applauded wine and cocktail selection. Not long after entering the scene, Kanavel announced his departure from the restaurant leading to a scramble to continue building off that early success.  

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It was around this time that Jacob Inscore became head chef of the restaurant pulling upon new influences and revamping the menu that would go on to earn him a space on Columbus Undergrounds Best Chefs List for 2019, as well as a best restaurant spot for Columbus Monthly, among others. 

But with 2020 comes a new slew of challenges, the largest of which was the effects of the pandemic,leading to the restaurant halting all operations March 19. As many restaurants in Columbus begin the process of reopening, many have wondered what it meant for the eatery. 

The announcement for reopening plans came via an Instagram post detailing plans for a dinner for two, carryout style service that will feature three courses as well as a snack and dessert. Dinners will be available online for pickup on Saturdays along with a selection of natural wines that will be for sale. 

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WE ARE BACK (with limited capacity). Beginning this Saturday the 27th and for the next 4 weeks, 100% of our profits will be donated to local organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Comune will be offering a limited quantity of pre-order take out dinner kits for pickup this Saturday, June 27th. Chef Jacob has created a “Dinner for 2” (or maybe just for one, no judgement): 3 courses + snacks + dessert. A bit of love and time for reheating once you get home is required. We also have a handful of wines that we will be selling at retail if you’d like to scoop one (or more) to go with your dinner. We hope to continue this style of service for the next 4 weeks, but with a new feature each weekend! Ordering will open after new menu announcements early in the week, and pick-ups will always be a weekend evening only. Head to our website (link in bio) or give us a call. *We are opportating with very limited staff & practicing social distancing. Masks will be required for Saturday pick-ups; we will have a few on hand if you forget yours. Contactless pick-up available upon request.

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In the same post the restaurant announced that 100 percent of profits from the orders will be going to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and organizations like the Columbus Freedom Fund, the Black Queer and Intersectional Collective, and the Columbus Freedom Coalition. 

When asked about plans to reopen fully, Galati said “We don’t really know what the future holds, and with the size of our restaurant it’s hard to deliver the experience we want guests to have. We would much rather focus on takeout and how to expand on that.”

If their past is any indication, whatever the future holds, Comune is sure to weather the storm and come through.

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Rye In July: The Ward 8

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We partnered with Brown-Forman, Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring a fun twist to your summer cocktails. Rye in July is your go-to weekly drink feature to make while stuck at home for ideas of cocktails. We are featuring The Ward 8 in today's video! This thirst-quenching, summer-ready fresh cocktail is what you need on a hot day like today!

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Barrels, get your whiskey barrels here!

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Middle West Spirits has just announced a new sale program to unload their growing surplus of whiskey barrels. Barrels will be available for pickup and sale from their warehouse, 470 E. Starr Ave., Sat., July 18,  8 a.m. to noon.

Middle West will sell 30-gallon and 53-gallon barrels for $50 and $75 respectively. You may also pick up barrel staves for $3. 

The barrels for sale were used for either bourbon, rye, or wheat whiskey, and the barrel type can be specified upon purchase. 

Whiskey barrels, and bourbon barrels, in particular, have a long history of reuse in spirit aging internationally. This is a wonderful opportunity for home distillers to snag a barrel for their own experimentation. 

And if your skills lie outside of the world of homebrewing, there are more than enough craft possibilities in one of these recycled barrels.. With projects ranging from bars, to chairs and tables, the DIY-er will have endless options for creativity. 

Barrels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can also be reserved by emailing the barrel size and whiskey type to [email protected]

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Westerville’s Wine Bistro has a new name—reopens Thursday with makeover

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Even though City Brands announced that the Wine Bistro in Worthington wouldn’t be returning, there were initial rumors that the Westerville location also wouldn’t be making a comeback.

Original reports were wrong, and City Brands announced the return of the Westerville Wine Bistro, 925 N. State St.,on July 9 after a light remodel. You can find the (614) report on the City Brands reopenings and closings here.

The remodeling isn’t the only thing that’s going to be new about the Wine Bistro in Westerville, though. Or as we should we say now, NAPA Kitchen + Bar. With locations  in Westerville, Dublin, and Montgomery, Ohio,  NAPA Kitchen + Bar is a sister concept to The Wine Bistro.

“We feel the NAPA Kitchen + Bar concept will really appeal to a wide range of guests in Westerville. We wanted to undertake this conversion for quite a while but never found the right time to close down for the renovations,” Tim Rollins, President of The Metropolitan Companies and owner of NAPA kitchen + bar, said in a press release on Thursday.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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