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🌭 February food news
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This is the rendering of Easton’s newest Cameron Mitchell Restaurants eatery. | Photo by Cameron Mitchel Restaurants
The table is set. Here your one-stop-shop for the latest food news, from newly opened restaurants to eateries that have recently closed.

Open
  • The new Wario’s Beef & Pork is open in Clintonville at 4219 N. High St.
  • PJ Hot Pot, a Korean barbecue restaurant just opened at 6100 Sawmill Rd.
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Rendering of the new SŌW To Go coming to Franklinton. | Rendering via Design Collective

Coming soon
  • Del Mar, a Cameron Mitchell Restaurants eatery in Naples, FL with Mediterranean cuisine, will open its second location at 4089 The Strand East at Easton this spring.
  • SŌW Plated is opening two new takeout and delivery concepts, SŌW To Go. The first will open inside the Gravity building in Franklinton this spring, and the Short North spot will open this summer.
  • PBR Cowboy Bar + Smokehouse, a country-themed bar with a mechanical bull, is opening this month at Easton Town Center. The 8,400-sqft western spot will be the first in Ohio.
  • Johnson’s Real Ice Cream is opening three new locations — Canal Winchester, Italian Village, and Grandview.
  • Noori Chicken, a Korean fried chicken chain, is opening its first Ohio location at 1454 N. High St.
  • Ampersand Asian Supper Club is opening a second location at 32 W. College Ave. in Uptown Westerville.
We’d happily dive into this chicken miso ramen. | Photo via @ampersandasiansupperclub

Amerpersand is known for its ramen dishes. | Photo via @ampersandasiansupperclub

Closed
  • Popular ice cream sandwich spot S’Wich Social in Italian Village will not reopen its shop in the spring.
  • Weenie Wonder closed both its Easton and Dublin restaurants. CEO Troy Allen said they will focus on their other brands, 16-Bit Bar + Arcade and Pins Mechanical Co.
Food + drink events
Which new addition to the Columbus food scene has you the most excited? Let us know.
 
 
Events
 
Monday, Feb. 12
  • Thai Classics | Monday, Feb. 12 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Mitchell Hall, 250 Cleveland Ave., Columbus | $90 | Learn to make Thai dishes like hot-and-sour soup and curry with beef.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Galentine’s Day Dinner | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 4-9 p.m. | El Segundo Mexican Kitchen, 698 N. High St., Short North | $30 | Each meal features a specialized menu with one drink, small app, and entree.
  • Speak Softly and Carry a Big Bouquet | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 5-9 p.m. | The Roosevelt Room - Bridge Park, 6544 Longshore St., Dublin | $50-$100 | Create your own floral arrangement and choose between two glasses or a full bottle of Poema Cava Brut.
  • Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse vs. Bellarmine | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 4 p.m. | Ohio State Lacrosse Stadium, 630 Irving Schottenstein Dr., Campus | $10-$20 | Cheer for the Buckeyes in their state-of-the-art facility.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Dickel Bourbon Tasting | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7-9 p.m. | Beeline, 3989 Merchants Row, Easton | $40-$70 | Sample a variety of Dickel bourbons and enjoy a welcome cocktail.
  • Ohio State Women’s Basketball vs. Nebraska | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7 p.m. | Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr., Campus | $10-$15 | The No. 5 ranked Buckeyes take on another Big Ten challenge.
Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Real Estate Futures & Core Law | Thursday, Feb. 15 | 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Columbus REALTORS, 2700 Airport Dr., Columbus | $10-$15 | Expand your real estate knowledge by learning about contracts, agency, and interests in real property.
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News Notes
 
Community
  • Columbus is only getting bigger. A Bank of America study showed Columbus had the largest population growth of any major US city in Q4 of 2023 — 1.1+ population gain. Austin, TX showed the second largest growth, followed by San Antonio, TX.
Sports
Award
  • Former Buckeye quarterback CJ Stroud was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year at the NFL Honors. Stroud thanked Buckeye head coach Ryan Day and other OSU supporters during his acceptance speech.
Plan Ahead
  • St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl will be Saturday, March 17 starting at Bernard’s Tavern. Hop to participating bars in your best green attire. Tickets include free and discounted drinks, entry to all bars, and other goodies like koozies and necklaces.
Eat
  • Planning your next date night? Third and Hollywood made Yelp’s list of the 100 most romantic restaurants in the US. The list was built using reviews containing buzz words like “date night” and “romantic.” (NBC4)
Fun Fact
  • Did you know the footballs used in yesterday’s Super Bowl was made in Ohio? All Wilson footballs are made in Ada, which is about 85 miles northwest of Columbus.
Watch
  • We visited Tranquility Salt Cave at 30 Dillmont Dr. Watch our reel to know what to expect in the 10,000-lb salt cave, including reclining chairs and dim, moody lighting.
Home
Finance
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City
 
🏘️ Calling Columbus home
Let your opinion be heard on parking in the Short North. | Photo by Amish Oza via @shortnorthartsdistrict
The Short North is known as the “art and soul” of the city. | Photo by Amish Oza via @shortnorthartsdistrict
As people continue to move to Columbus more than any other large city in the US, it’s important to note what makes it so livable.

The Short North Arts District

  • Be sure to check out murals, local shopping, and a variety of dining in this district. And don’t let parking stress you out — use our Short North parking guide.

German Village

  • Home to classics like The Book Loft and Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, we can’t recommend this neighborhood enough for a relaxing weekend.

The Scioto Mile

The North Market

  • With locations in Dublin’s Bridge Park and downtown, use our guide to find top merchants for local food, drinks, flowers, and gifts.

Trails surrounding the Olentangy River

  • CBUS is home to many metro parks and trails, including the Olentangy Trail which extends for 17+ miles.
We want to hear what else you think should be on the list for livability.
 
The Buy
 
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From the editor
We went to see Easton’s pink central fountain over the weekend. It will be pink again on Wednesday, Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day, so stop by for a picture perfect moment.
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