Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 4, 2016
The Arena District restaurant will likely be open sometime next year.
Jeff Ruby is a long-time Cincinnati restauranteur. He has had numerous restaurants in the Queen City and now has three different steakhouse concepts, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, the Precinct and Carlo & Johnny. I got to know Ruby 20 years ago when I was editing the Ohio Zagat Survey books.
Pair of Columbus Institutions Celebrate 130 Years of Business
Thurn’s Specialty Meats, home of house made smoked meats, including sausages, hams and smoked fish is celebrating 130 years in business. Thurn’s, a Columbus treasure, is located on Greenlawn Ave at Interstate 71. They are open only three days a week, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2p.m and and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, the family owned and operated German restaurant, a landmark in German Village, is also celebrating 130 years in business. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant is located at 240 E Kossuth St.
Openings & Closings
Bluescreek Farm Meats at the North Market closed May 31. However they have a full service butcher shop in Plain City, we may be able to get their meats at North Market Poultry.
Butcher & Grocer, co-owned by a Bluescreek alumni, opened in early July at 1089 W. First Ave, in Grandview.
The “Butcher” part features a wide array of specialty cuts of meat. This is very exciting. Dan Varga, formerly of Explorer’s Club & Double Comfort, provides sausages, and James Anderson, owner of RayRay’s Hog Pit food truck and Anderson Farms, will provide heritage pork for the charcuterie.
Shoku on Grandview closed, but the space re-opened May 5 as Balboa, from the people at Bodega. Balboa is very casual, mostly bar, with a Mexican menu and a lovely patio.
Paul’s Fifth Avenue, the iconic Italian restaurant in Grandview for more than 30 years, closed July 29. Paul’s had cut back to breakfast and lunch in February. We will miss Paul Panzera, his family and his loyal customers, not to mention tortellini casalinga, our favorite pasta dish.
Fortune Chinese on Olentangy River Road, which is popular for its dim sum, will open a second at 3635 West Dublin-Granville Road in the next few weeks.
Smoked on South High BBQ, 755 S. High St; Central Texas style barbecue featuring dry rubs opened recently.
Henderson Road Is Hopping
Mezze Pita Bowls and Salads, 2051 W. Henderson Road,serves fast, fresh, delicious Middle Eastern food. Check out our review.
Bento Go opened Wednesday in the old Wendy’s location on Henderson with hibachi, teryaki meats, stir fry, ramen & udon soups, noodle dishes, sushi, appetizers.
One Last Thing
City Barbeque has a new double smoked brisket TaQos, which is a combination of BBQ and tacos on a grilled tortilla. You can get 3 for $9 and they are outstanding!
Correction: A previous version of this post said Bluescreek is opening a full service butcher shop in Plain City. In fact, the butcher shop in Plain City has already opened.