It had a short and glorious life, but the Korean restaurant went out of business. Meanwhile, the Indian restaurant it replaced has come back.
It had a short but glorious life -- burning bright but burning out quickly.
Goguryeo, a small Korean restaurant that opened around the first of the year in the Kenny Center, has closed. It has been replaced by the restaurant it replaced.
Sher-e-Punjab, a long-established Indian restaurant that went out of business last year, has returned to 1152 Kenny Square Mall.
Joga Singh founded the place in 2000 with Ram Sabarwal and Harjap Singh (no relation), both of whom he bought out. He now runs the place with son Preet.
Singh, the chef, decided to leave the business late last year, when he subleased the space to the owners of Goguryeo. Unsuccessful in their six-month venture, the owners turned the space back over to Singh. He spent the
last several months driving a truck and working at another restaurant, his son said.
They did a minor makeover, brought back alcohol (the liquor license was being transferred to Goruryeo) and introduced a few dishes, such as goat curry. A second space, separated by two other storefronts, will remain
closed for the time being.
It is open daily, offering a lunch buffet and a la carte dinner. For more information, call 614-538-9790.
Jason and Slade Bucci are third-generation pizza-makers, following a tradition set by their grandfather, Lorenzo Luciano DiBucci, an Italian immigrant.
Their carryout-only operation, Bucci's Pizzeria, is now open at 4333 Cosgray Road, Hilliard.
The siblings are reviving a custom that was halted 30 years ago, when the family closed its restaurant in Zanesville. It might seem like an unlikely scenario for the two former golf pros.
"My theory is we had so much fun growing up in the business," Jason said.
"Those were the best times of our lives," Slade added.
Pizzas use a medium-thin crust made from hand-tossed dough and the house-mixed sauce is somewhere between tart and sweet, Jason said. They use Grande Cheese, considered the gold standard for pizzas, and
pepperoni and sausage from locally based Ezzo Sausage Co. All pies are cooked on a Roto-Flex oven, a holdover from the when they place was a Wally's Pizza.
"Our family style is to cook our pizza a little longer," which browns the cheese and crisps up the crust, Jason said.
The pie is the cut once down the middle and then crosswise, so each piece has some crust.
The place is open six days a week, closed Tuesday. For more information, call 614-850-1900.
It could very well be the only place in Columbus with 11 styles of daiquiri and seven types of schnitzel.
And it's just the beginning.
Andreas Kleinert, the owner of Vic's Cafe in Victorian Village, said the place is constantly evolving. Kleinert and his wife Kristy Venrick bought Victorian's Midnight Cafe in March, renamed it and put their own touches on the space. Kleinert said customers can expect more, especially from the kitchen, which has retained -- and added to -- the breakfast fare.
The schnitzels, rectangles of pan-fried pork cutlets, reflect their German heritage. Kleinert, who doesn't like to use veal, said he gets the pork fresh twice weekly from a local market. His coffee is also roasted locally by Caffe Apropos.
The menu offers a full line of burgers, each a half pound, except for the 1-pound "behemoth." There's also a vegetarian option. Pizzas and calzones are made in-house.
Most entree prices are between $6 and $14.
As with the former cafe, live music still is an important aspect of the place, 251 W. Fifth Ave.