Central Ohio, meet central Texas barbecue, where brisket is boss.
The Legacy Smokehouse food truck is serving smoked beef, pork and, yes, classic barbecue sides at a former Long John Silver's site, 1102 S. High St., just south of the Brewery District in Columbus.
"Beef is king," said Legacy co-founder Brian Jordan, who lived in Dallas for eight years. "That goes back to the cattle days. That's what they raised."
The food truck's brisket, made from Black Angus beef, simply is rubbed with salt and coarse-ground black pepper.
"Smoke is an ingredient," said Ty Sells, who, along with Chad Smock, also helped Jordan found Legacy.
Legacy uses white oak in the rotisserie smokers; they have no propane boost.
In business for nine weekends, it was clear after the first three days they would need another smoker.
"We (have) sold out every weekend since," Jordan said.
The menu also features pulled pork, spare and baby-back ribs and two types of smoked beef sausage -- one mild and the other made with jalapeno and cheddar.
Sandwiches, which use a toasted brioche bun, cost $6 to $12.
All are available as individual orders or by the pound.
The four sauces -- sweet, spicy, mustard and vinegar -- are made in-house.
With the exception of coleslaw and bread pudding, most sides -- mac and cheese, baked beans and Mexican street corn -- are smoked, too.
The owners said they are looking for a permanent brick-and-mortar location in south Columbus and hope to be up and running sometime in 2018.
"We want to stay in that area," said Smock, who added that they plan to keep the food truck in circulation. "It's a great group of guys. We all have fun together."
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- or when sold out of food -- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The number is 614-961-9468.
Monarch Cocktail Lounge will replace Level Dining Lounge in Columbus' Shorth North.
Monarch owner Shawn Shahnazi said a late January opening is planned for the lounge at 700 N. High St.
Light fare, but no formal dining, will be offered, Shahnazi said.
Cake Walk Indian Bakery & Cafe has expanded to northwest Columbus.
Cake Walk, which features premium homemade cakes, desserts and savory fare, replaced Aab India Restaurant at 6642 Sawmill Road.
The original cafe, where all of the baking is done, is in Lewis Center.
The restaurant is known for its multitiered cakes, sold whole and in slices, and other baked goods, as well as Mumbai street food.
Kilwins is the latest food-service operator to call Dublin's Bridge Park development home.
Stephanie and Ernie Malas of Dublin are the franchisees of the location, part of a chain based in Petoskey, Michigan.
The gourmet candy shop, which specializes in chocolates, ice cream and confections, opened Dec. 8 at 4549 Bridge Park Ave.
Meanwhile, Kilwins is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
Congregation Beth Tikvah is seeking the best soup and challah entries for Souper Bowl XII on Feb. 3 at the synagogue, 6121 Olentangy River Road in Worthington.
Amateur and professional entries for best chicken soup and nonchicken soup; best challah; and best soup and challah combination will be accepted.
Entries must be received by Dec. 31.
Participants are asked not to use pork or shellfish.
For more information, call 614-885-6286.
Old Bag of Nails, 345 W. Olentangy St. in Powell, has closed.
Owner Mike Purdum said he couldn't strike a deal with the landlord.
On a related note, Purdum sold nearby Chubby's Sports Bar & Grill to Tim Eisel and Jeff Gaston.
The casual menu remains largely unchanged at the tavern, 1846 Hard Road in Columbus.