February Food News: Restaurants that are newly open, closing, or coming soon

From cowboy bars to Mediterranean restaurants to fried chicken chains, there are many exciting new food spots coming to CBUS soon.

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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.


  • 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 Plated 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


  • 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.

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Which new addition to the Columbus food scene has you the most excited? Let us know.

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