Dos Sabores Taqueria and Mexican Grill is the latest restaurant to have emerged from a food truck.
Owners Miguel and Cesar Ramirez have opened the fast-casual restaurant at 6042 Huntley Road in Columbus, just north of East Dublin-Granville Road. The restaurant is near the eastern boundary of Worthington.
Though many restaurants have similar menus in this segment of the local food industry, the siblings specialize in two dishes uncommon in the central Ohio market.
One is the cemita, a housemade, sesame-topped roll that is stuffed with a protein of choice and a number of condiments.
The other is the memela, a type of corn tortilla that is seared on the flat-top grill and loaded with toppings.
A little thicker than a regular corn tortilla, it is crispy on the outside and soft inside, Cesar Ramirez said.
"I just think a lot of people don't know the history here," Miguel Ramirez said of the two specialty items.
"There are so many dishes from Mexico, so many dishes from different regions. The Hispanics, when they come here, they leave the tradition back in Mexico."
The menu includes tacos, burritos and tortas.
A house specialty is the torta cubana, a sandwich layered with breaded chicken cutlets, halved hot dogs, avocado and other ingredients.
Most items are $10 and less.
The two brothers operated their Dos Sabores food truck for a year and a half before a health issue sidelined Cesar Ramirez. After they sold the truck, it was about a full year before they opened the restaurant four months ago.
The 1,800-square-foot space seats 35.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-781-0713.
Tula Taqueria has replaced W.G. Grinders at 525 Lazelle Road near Polaris.
Owner Michael Moreno said the menu will seem familiar to many central Ohio diners: tostadas, street tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas and platters are among the budget-priced choices.
"We try to stick to quality at a fair price for this area," Moreno said.
The restaurant was named after Moreno's father's hometown in Mexico -- Union de Tula in the state Jalisco.
Construction on Parsons North Brewing Co. is making progress.
The 5,000-square-foot brewery at 685 Parsons Ave. in Columbus is expected to open in November, said brewer Seth Draeger, who owns the business with Nathan Klein.
Parsons North will open with 12 taps -- 10 reserved for house-brewed beer and two guest taps, Draeger said.
He has 30 beer recipes from which to choose but will start with more common choices, he said.
The brewery will have a full liquor license except on Sundays, when only beer and wine will be served.
Parsons North will not have a kitchen but will allow customers to bring in food from surrounding restaurants and food trucks, which will be parked in the back lot.
"We definitely don't see any issues with people finding food and bringing it into our space," Draeger said.
Aroma Indian Kitchen has replaced Dakshin Indian Bistro at 8380 N. High St. in Columbus, reflecting a change in concept.
Owner Ram Nugooru, who opened Dakshin 18 months ago, said the kitchen was expanded to accommodate the restaurant's growing corporate-catering accounts.
Aroma still offers dine-in services six days a week but is closed on Wednesdays.
Nugooru said he serves about 500 catering lunches a day, thereby "taking Indian food to the mainstream."
Another Dakshin Indian Bistro on North Hamilton Road remains in business.
Wholly Joe's Chicago Eatery, 1182 E. Powell Road in Lewis Center, has closed.