Combustion’s Clintonville Taproom Opening Soon; Local leader to relocate

Openings and announcements

Brasserie and combustion bar owners Keith and Sarah Jackson are gearing up to celebrate the opening of their second location on Saturday, August 13 in Clintonville. The bar at 2971 N. High St., which previously housed Lineage Brewing, will offer a wide variety of craft beers and ciders on tap as well as beers to go. Guests can order food from nearby restaurants and light snacks will be available at the bar. Doors to the Clintonville bar open at 11 a.m. Saturday. This is the first expansion for Combustionwhich opened in Pickerington in April 2017. Last year, the brewery won Ohio Craft Brewers Cup gold for its Lady Peiskos New England IPA.

The Crest location at 621 Parsons Ave., which has been closed since the early days of the pandemic, will reopen under a new concept: The Mercure restaurant. The new Schumacher Place restaurant joins the family of restaurants owned by A&R Creative Group, which includes The Market: Food & Drink, The Crest on Indianola Avenue and Alchemy Café.

Closures

The teppanyaki-style steakhouse Daruma Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi closed its 5261 Westpointe Plaza location in Hilliard, citing labor shortages and increased operating costs. Daruma’s Mill Run site, located at 3939 Ridge Mill Drive, remains open.

Leader moves

Chef Catie Randazzo, who ran the popular Challah! Food Truck and the co-ownership of Ambrose and Eve, announced on social media that they would be moving to Los Angeles in the coming weeks. It seems like the end of an era for the lovable chef, who practically grew up in the Columbus culinary scene. In recent years, Randazzo has co-founded Preston’s: a hamburger restaurant with chef Matthew Heaggans. Then in the fall of 2018, the couple opened Ambrose and Eve, named after Randazzo’s grandparents, on South High Street. This restaurant has been named one of Monthly Columbus‘s 10 Best Restaurants in 2019, but then encountered financial difficulties exacerbated by the pandemic. Ambrose and Eve closed in 2020and the space is occupied by Chief Avishar Barua. Most recently, Randazzo served a brief stint as executive chef at Strongwater Food and Spirits. Stay tuned for more details on Randazzo’s future plans.

Kevin A. Perras