12+ New and Coming Soon Restaurants in Central Ohio
As the pandemic continues to diminish, a whole new world of catering is emerging! Let’s find out what has opened, what will open soon, and some future projects to watch out for in the Columbus food (and bar!) Scene. Here are over 12 new restaurants to try:
” Plas Food & Drink
Taking over the former home of The Table, ‘Plas Food & Drink now offers modern, rustic cuisine at 21 E. Fifth Ave. in the Short North.
Chef Jamie George prepares a menu of seasonal produce and dishes, including smaller plates and larger entrees. Find summer favorites like Heirloom Tomato Caprese, Sweet Corn Panna Cotta, Charcuterie Plates, Sweet and Spicy Roast Chicken, Sweet Corn Ravioli with Kale and more.
‘Plas is open for dinner Monday through Saturday.
Aroma Columbus brings a Mediterranean and European touch to the downtown dining scene. The restaurant opened on July 6 at 72 E. Lynn St., the former home of Si Señor.
Offering lunch and dinner, Aroma’s menu offers small bites, soups and salads, sandwiches, cauliflower-crusted pizzas and a handful of starters for lunch, with an expanded selection. small plates and entrees at dinner time.
Aroma is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Lola’s Kitchen + Bar
Lola’s Kitchen + Bar is also joining the downtown food scene. Taking over the old Tios Tacos & Tequila location at 201 S. High St., Lola’s doubles as a café by day and a kitchen and bar by night.
Lola’s new lunch menu includes a huge selection of salads, grilled wraps and pitas, thin pizzas, quesadillas and paninis. At dinner time, the fare turns into small plates like hummus, short rib tacos, turkey meatballs and more, as well as large plates with a focus on pasta and protein. A handful of pizzas, salads and toasted baguettes round out the dinner menu.
Find lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Dinner is served Wednesday through Friday with lunch and dinner times on weekends.
Single line coffee
Announcing its return last month, One Line Coffee is officially back to downtown caffeine from the Huntington Center, 41 S. High St. Find a selection of espresso and coffee drinks, as well as pastries. home of their Franklinton bar and cafe.
One Line is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Go Go
Cosecha’s old home has had a makeover to transform into The Go Go. Open in early June, the bar promises dancing, DJs and karaoke, with satiety coming from Clintonville newcomer Hank’s Texas BBQ.
Find The Go Go and its shenanigans at 987 N. Fourth St. from 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Mixed and blessed
Blended & Blessed has taken over the vacant storefront in the German village of Native, 214 Thurman Ave. Boasting energy teas, protein shakes and protein coffee, Blended & Blessed’s menu features over 10 tea flavors, dozens of shake flavors ranging from fruity to chocolate to peanut butter, and a handful. of coffee bevs.
Find teas and shakes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
First Corner Pearl Tea Shop
The Fist Corner bubble tea shop replaces the Native in Bexley. Newly opened at 2408 E. Main St., First Corner offers milk teas, flavored teas, matcha, premium teas, frozen teas and more.
Have a drink Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Mexican food El Segundo
Save Tuesday August 31st for the El Segundo Mexican Food Debut at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Bringing meals back to the former home of Harvey & Ed’s, 698 N. High St. in the Short North, El Segundo’s menu will feature authentic Mexican street food with homemade tortillas, sauces and other ingredients. brand. Plenty of mezcal and tequila will be on the drink menu, along with craft and Mexican beers and an accessible wine list.
El Segundo will be open for dinner and brunch on weekends.
(PS. If you’re really planning ahead for dinner destinations, CMR recently announced another new concept at Bridge Park in Dublin – Valentina’s inspired by Northern Italy.)
The brewery district will get a little sweeter this summer with the addition of Chocolate Café Express. Fifth by Northwest Café, 1855 Northwest Blvd., will open its second location in the former home of Dough Mama’s second short-lived location at 730 S. High St.
It’s a year of expansion for the African-inspired restaurant Afra Grill. Not only will the restaurant on the northeast side open as a vendor at Bubbly Hall in New Albany, but will add a location at 3922 Townsfair Way in Easton.
The Afra Grill menu includes chicken, lamb, steak and goat cheese, personalized with a mix of hot and cold toppings and sauces. Diners can find the flagship restaurant at 1635 Morse Rd. Until the new locations open this fall.
Fay’s Crepes joins Afra Grill on Easton and Bubbly Hall expansion plan. Previously located at Polaris Fashion Place, Fay posted on social media that the crepe maker was making the jump to Easton.
Find pancakes with a variety of sweet and savory toppings at 3951 Easton Square Pl. And Bubbly Hall are coming in the fall.
Another broken egg
Southern-inspired breakfast and lunch chain Another Broken Egg debuts in Columbus in Easton this fall. On the menu, diners will find breakfast classics and brunch and lunch favorites with a twist. And yes, there will be alcohol for brunch, including mimosas, Bloody Marys, brunch cocktails, and fortified cold beers.
Another Broken Egg has more than 70 establishments across the country, including five existing restaurants in Ohio, three of which, including Columbus, will open soon.
Little Ladies Soft Serve
The Little Ladies Soft Serve Traveling Ice Cream Truck makes things permanent with a slinging storefront from soft-serve. (But fear not, the truck isn’t going anywhere.) Find Little Ladies Soft Serve and their sundaes at Worthington Road and Polaris Parkway in early fall.
Need AFTER?! In case those dozens of seats weren’t enough, Emmett’s Cafe and Understory recently announced that they are heading to the Old North open-air building this fall, and Hilliard-based Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill will be heading to Grandview. Yard for the opening of restaurant number three later this month.
This list does not claim to be exhaustive all that has opened or has been announced in the last few months, but it’s a good look at new restaurants to try! Keep an eye out for our “First Look” series for some of these places and more newbies, or check out other openings and new restaurants in the Archives!