Bites & Sips: Openings, Closings, Cleveland Expansions, Valentine’s Day Choices & Extra


Get a snack or drink for this edition of Bites & Sips! There is much to be learned in the world of food and drink in central Ohio. From new spots to Valentine’s Day specials and ways to give something back – find out about local food news!

Shake No.Ei8ht opens near the campus

Shake No.Ei8ht keeps OSU students going on caffeine and sugar. Offering a humble cup of coffee for extravagant milkshakes, this new coffee and milkshake shop opened at 1537 N. High St. in December.

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Uptown 51 Kitchen + Bar debuts on Gay Street

Uptown 51 Kitchen + Bar made its downtown debut at 51 E. Gay St. Uptown 51 at the end of last year, for the time being only offers a selection of burgers and chicken. Diners will find burgers like the Bacon Dream or Blue Shroom and The Nuggs – a pound of fried buttermilk chicken nuggets with a side dish of Uptown 51 sauce.

The restaurant, which advertises a “fresh version of the daily meal” with modern American dishes, is taking over the former home of Phenix Bistro which closed in June 2020.

Uptown 51 is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm to 9pm

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Kitchen Social Opening Second location in Bridge Park

Kitchen Social expands and moves to 6791 Longshore St. in Bridge Park, Dublin to establish its second location in Central Ohio.

The 5,420-square-foot restaurant is aiming for a late summer opening, which is perfect for the site’s nearly 700-square-foot terrace.

Kitchen Social’s menu includes homemade dishes, as well as specialty wines and cocktails. The menu at its Polaris location includes unique starters, sandwiches, salads, pizza and tacos. In the starter section, guests will find dishes such as fish n ‘chips, salmon, steaks and more.

Kitchen Social opened the doors to its first location, 8954 Lyra Dr. at Polaris, in November 2019.

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Longer hours, more vendors for North Market Bridge Park

Speaking of Bridge Park, North Market is expanding its limited preview opening hours as more vendors are open in the room.

North Market Bridge Park is now open Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm, and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. (Individual hours may vary depending on the provider.)

The market is also up to 10 of its previously announced 15 providers. Serve now:

  • Make me happy
  • Bubbles Tea & Juice Co.
  • Local seafood on the coast
  • Two brothers
  • Falafel cuisine
  • Kintsugi Sushi Bar
  • Lan Viet
  • Marketable
  • Ditonis pasta
  • Reuse Revolution

The vendors still to be opened include Black Radish Creamery, BREaD Bakery + Café, Hoyos Sambusas & Juices, The Little Kitchen and The Pit BBQ Grille.

In addition to longer opening times, North Market Bridge Park has also introduced a weekly happy hour from 3pm to 7pm on Thursdays, with vendors offering a variety of specials.

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Daily growler leaves Polaris

December 27th marked the end for The Daily Growler in the Food Hall at Polaris Fashion Place.

“We were so optimistic about our second year at Polaris! We had a lot of momentum from our first holiday season and worked with PFP on a number of spring and summer events … then the first shutdowns occurred, ”owner John W. Blakely said in a press release. “We tried to reopen a few times, but with limited opening times and such a small footprint, it turned out to be a Sisyphean endeavor. Like many companies forced to close due to the pandemic, we will probably always wonder what if this location happened.

The Daily Growler was opened at Polaris in February 2019. The locations in Upper Arlington, Powell and the Brewery District will remain open.

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Columbus shares some of its best with Cleveland

Two Columbus-based companies expand in Cleveland.

For starters, Hot Chicken Takeover will double in size in northeast Ohio and open a restaurant at 17830 Royalton Road. in Strongsville as well as a pure delivery point in Downtown Cleveland.

HCT opened its first restaurant near Cleveland in Crocker Park in Westlake in October 2019.

“We are excited to be in Strongsville and we look forward to continuing to grow in the community,” said founder and CEO Joe DeLoss. “We have a Northeast Ohio growth strategy plan that includes both suburban and downtown opportunities. This plan really depends on real estate availability. ”

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing will also be sharing its beer with Cleveland. The brewery has started self-spreading in Cleveland and northeast Ohio. WRB beer will be available at Heinen and other local stores.

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Donatos adds cauliflower wings

Donatos introduces a new menu item – cauliflower wings. The oven-roasted cauliflower florets are served with four different dry massages (Italian parmesan, roasted garlic, hot chicken or wood-fired chipotle) ​​or three different sauces (mild, hot or BBQ). The wings are available in three sizes – side, full or party.

The Columbus-based pizzeria, with more than 250 locations across the country, is the first national pizza chain to add cauliflower wings to its menu.

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Piada is partnering with the LeBron James Family Foundation to facilitate Piada Gives launch

Columbus-based Italian fast-casual restaurant Piada is launching Piada Gives, an opt-in fundraising program that benefits organizations that support the root causes of the restaurant: cancer research, education, eradicating food insecurity and social equality.

The first benefactor of Piada Gives will be the LeBron James Family Foundation, an Akron-based organization that provides essential resources, comprehensive support and programs to help children and families thrive.

To take part in Piada Gives, guests can download the new Piada One app and select “Log in to Piada Gives” in the app settings. The app automatically donates 1% of every purchase made by guests who sign up for a charity or nonprofit, which has an impact.

The income raised by the end of March will support LJFF.

“Service is at the heart of what we do at Piada, but it means so much more than providing the guest with an exceptional experience and delicious food,” said Matt Harding, Piada senior vice president of culinary and menu innovation. “It means helping our guests by building our communities, and we can do that by supporting incredible organizations like the LeBron James Family Foundation.”

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Together & Co + Kitties cake with Valentine’s Day packages

If your Valentine’s Day is celebrated at home this year, Together & Co and Kittie’s Cakes have some decadent bundles for your culinary delight.

There are three pre-order options available:

  • The tapas box for Valentine’s Day – Includes a rich bunch of handcrafted entrees, including favorites like shrimp cocktail and charcuterie, as well as cut biscuits from Kittie’s Cakes
  • The dinner “You are the ravioli for me” – A 3-course meal with a lobster ravioli starter and a chocolate cake from Kittie’s Cakes
  • The Steak Me Home Tonight Dinner – a 3-course meal with a Beef Wellington starter and a chocolate cake from Kittie’s Cakes

Bundles can be collected from the High Line Car House on Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th. (Pre-orders for February 12th are due noon by February 11th at 12:00 noon and pre-orders for February 13th by February 12th at 12:00 noon.)

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Cameron Mitchell restaurants have carryout specials for Valentine’s Day

The barn at Rocky Fork, 1370 E. Johnstown Rd. Your Valentine’s Day menu is ready in Gahanna. The restaurant’s $ 100 Valentine’s Day box for two offers shrimp scampi, an optional 6 ounce. Crab fillet or fried scallops with chocolate lava cake for dessert. Don’t forget the cocktails! The $ 32 Valentine’s Day Cocktail Kit includes prosecco, lemons, homemade grenadine, and two cake pops.

All orders must be placed by Thursday, February 11th, with collection between February 12th and 14th.

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Mitchell’s Ocean Club offers its own Valentine’s Day box with a Surf & Turf Dinner for Two. The box contains a first course lobster bisque, a fillet of beef with garlic prawn scampi or Alaskan king crab legs for the second course, and two sides and chocolate fondue with strawberries and whipped cream for dessert. The shrimp dinner is $ 199 and crab legs is $ 229.

Boxes are for takeaway only and orders must be placed 72 hours in advance.

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Berwick creates travel festival with Taste of Italy Tour

Berwick brings its Italian dishes to the Columbus neighborhoods. The 65-year-old family business has faced the pandemic and started its Taste of Italy Tour.

People can attend the festivities in two ways. First, guests can Search the list of current tour dates and locations (with numerous options in February) or plan and host your own tour dates.

Guests can order family dinner packages with two main courses, one side and Italian bread and butter. Dishes – and desserts – are also available à la carte.

The tour gives something back too – 10% of sales from each location are donated to a local organization associated with that neighborhood.

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