From burgers to bánh mì, four restaurants are set to open in central Ohio’s newest food hall

Sav McKee

The Little Grand Market, a new food hall slated to open in Grandview Crossing this August, has been teasing the release of its 12 new vendors for awhile now, but they did give us a little insight to four of the concepts that will be joining their space.

We can’t wait to get our hands on what these new vendors are offering:

Taesty’s
Owned by Tae Spell, Taesty’s offers homemade Southern-style food inspired by traditional Carolina cuisine. The eatery currently operates two food trucks and a carryout and delivery location in Circleville, and they are best known for their fried chicken wings with a signature dry rub, Wagyu beef sliders and homemade baked mac & cheese. Tae was born in North Carolina and developed a love of cooking from years in the kitchen with his grandma and mom. After working in the restaurant industry, he decided to venture out and develop his own concept, which has become a hit in Circleville. Tae says he has been waiting for the right opportunity to join a food hall and expand the brand’s presence in Columbus, and the Grandview community felt like a perfect fit for Taesty’s.

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photo via Taesty’s Facebook

Frascati Market
Developed by Tom and Luciana Ramsey, Frascati Market will bring the taste of Italy to The Little Grand. The grab-and-go market will offer handmade Italian soups, salads, sandwiches and antipasto, in addition to a variety of pre-made meals including lasagna, ravioli and roasted chicken and potatoes. All dishes will follow Italian tradition by focusing on the freshest seasonal vegetables and high-quality ingredients. Frascati Market will also sell authentic sauces, pastas, olive oil, cookbooks and more from Italy. This concept is designed for guests to either enjoy in the food hall or easily take home to prepare a quick and easy Italian food experience.

Tom and Luciana have family ties to the Abruzzo region of Italy and often travel to the locale. They believe that Abruzzo is one of the least-known regions of the country with some of the best food, and their travels inspired them to start their own food business leveraging family recipes and bringing the unique authenticity of the region to central Ohio.

“Our passion for Italian cuisine led us to create Frascati Market,” said Tom Ramsey. “We want to share the traditions of Italy with Columbus, bringing fresh and delicious options for everyone to enjoy.”

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Lan Viet
Lan Viet is a family-owned Vietnamese restaurant serving Northern Vietnamese-style dishes. With over 14 years of experience, the concept offers traditional favorites including Pho and banh mi, with a focus on fresh, in-house preparation. Their signature item, Hanoi Style Pho, features beef marinated with ginger, garlic and onions and stir fried with fat from the pho before served in a 24-hour broth.

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Photo via Lan Viet’s Facebook

Common Rice
Common Rice is a brand-new concept that will serve authentic Vietnamese build-your-own rice bowls, inspired by the “Cơm Bình Dân” street food of Vietnam. This eatery will feature conventional local comfort foods including braised pork belly, curried chicken and braised lemongrass beef. Each dish is served with sautéed vegetables, herbs and customary “Dưa Cải Chua” pickled mustard greens, offering a wholesome and delicious experience reflective of common Vietnamese family dinners.

Both Common Rice and Lan Viet are concepts driven by owner Khanh Le, whose family opened Lan Viet over 14 years ago in Columbus. He currently operates its two locations in the North Market and North Market Bridge Park. Khanh became involved with The Little Grand Market to develop the Common Rice concept, as he wanted to introduce this style of cuisine to Columbus and expand the city’s Vietnamese dining options beyond what is currently available. As he met with other chef partners, Khanh recognized a need for noodles and salad options at the market. When he found out there was one more storefront available at The Little Grand, he jumped at the opportunity to bring Lan Viet to the Grandview community as well.

“Food is my passion and my life,” said Khanh Le. “I’m very excited to bring a taste of Northern Vietnamese cuisine to The Little Grand Market with Lan Viet, as well as introduce Common Rice as an entirely new option to Columbus’ Vietnamese food scene highlighting the dishes I grew up eating. We aim to offer a comforting, yet flavorful meal that brings joy to our customers’ palates.”

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