The Scoop: Shaw’s Restaurant closes; Short North Food Hall opens today

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Openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Last week, the owners of Shaw’s Restaurant in Lancaster announced their decision to close the restaurant after 70 years, effective immediately. Located inside a historic hotel at 123 N. Broad St., the restaurant underwent renovations in 2017 and reopened in October. The property was sold a year ago to a developer who plans to convert the former hotel into apartments. Mabel & Grace Bakery and Harry’s Bar, which were also part of the same business, have also closed.

Short North Food Hall opens at 3 p.m. today at 1112 N. High St. The new concept from Corso Ventures will feature five food vendors, bottled cocktails and draft beer. The food hall’s regular hours are Tuesday-Thursday 3 p.m.-2 a.m. and Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Columbus Museum of Art’s Schokko Art Café reopens today under the stewardship of chef Laura Richmond (formerly of Westies Gastropub). Schokko has been closed since January when Cameron Mitchell Premier Events ceased operating the museum café, which first opened in 2015.

The North Market Development Authority (NMDA) Board of Directors announced this week that it would ban North Market vendors from using single-use Styrofoam containers such as cups, plates or clamshell containers. The ban goes into effect April 1. Senior editor Suzanne Goldsmith has more on the decision here.

Whitehall-based 2 Tones Brewing Co. is planning an expansion. Owners Tony Hill and Anthony McKeivier are moving their brewery to 4539 E. Broad St., not far from their current production facility on North Hamilton Road. The new 3,400-square-foot space will allow 2 Tones to double its production and add a taproom. The owners anticipate a fall opening.

Westies Gastropub opened a location in Clintonville on Monday. The restaurant at 4416 N. High St. (formerly The Wine Bistro) is the second for Westies, which first opened in the Brewery District in 2014.

There’s extra buzz around the Columbus coffee scene lately. Last weekend, USA Today ran a story on the city’s coffee scene, highlighting roasters such as Café Brioso, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, One Line Coffee and Mission Coffee Co.

Tickets are now on sale for Taste of Dine Originals, taking place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Franklin Park Conservatory. The event features dishes and beverages from more than 40 independent restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Tickets are available at buckeyeranch.instagift.com.

Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest, an annual fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, will take place 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Huntington Park in the Arena District. The event will showcase more than 50 craft breweries plus a collaboration brew, Confluence IPA, brewed specifically for Columbus Craft Beer Week May 11-19. Tickets to Six One Pour can be purchased at beerfesttickets.com.

The Asheville, North Carolina-based grocer Earth Fare is closing its sole Columbus location at the end of the month. The organic and natural grocery located at 1440 Gemini Place in Polaris opened in April 2012.

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Beer of the Month: Sideswipe Brewing’s Elegant Hoodlum

Style: Smoked Stout

ABV: 7%

Sideswipe recently celebrated four years in the brewing business, and among its signature beers lurks the Elegant Hoodlum. While many smoked beers lean toward dense and overpowering, the roasted malts of Sideswipe’s entry impart just a hint of smoke that’s fitting for the medium-bodied brew. The 7 percent ABV means there’s a little bite, but it’s tamped down by the bitter edge of the coffee and chocolate flavors and rounded out by caramel and toffee notes. —Nicholas Dekker

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