The long-awaited relocation of Veritas is complete.

The restaurant, known for its upscale fare and hand-crafted cocktails, has opened at 11 W. Gay St. in downtown Columbus.

Josh Dalton, chef and founder of the original Veritas Tavern in Delaware, snatched up the opportunity to move operations to the heart of Columbus, said his assistant, Meghan McNeil.

"As we did our research on the development of downtown, we knew it was something we wanted to be part of," McNeil said. "There are some key people making the expansion of downtown a reality, and it's clear that as it continues to grow and become more populated, this will absolutely be the place to be. And what better place to grow than the heart of downtown?"

Dalton, known for his artful presentations and new-age cooking, serves a menu of small plates, appetizers and desserts, priced $6 to $18.

The menu changes frequently, as often as once a week.

Dalton opened Veritas Tavern five years ago at 15 E. Winter St. in Delaware. The last dinner service at that location was Nov. 4.

"Tavern" was dropped from the name as part of the move.

Dinner hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The lounge is open 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 614-745-3864.


Mr. Hummus Grill is slated to replace Shish Kebab Mediterranean Grill in the Bethel Centre in Columbus.

Mr. Hummus, which is expected to open in mid-February at 1450 Bethel Road, promises a Lebanese experience with some modern touches, owner Tarek Albast said.

Menu items include fattoush salad, spit-roasted shawarma, mujadara (rice and lentils) and grilled meats.

Albast said he will offer falafel both in taco and burger form, popular items from his food-truck days.

Both hot and cold appetizers, or mezze, will be featured, with plenty of vegetarian options.

The restaurant will have a fresh-juice bar and several coffee drinks.


Cinnamon rolls, fresh coffee and the popular egg souffle sandwich all are part of the lineup at the new Fox in the Snow Cafe in German Village.

The cafe, a follow-up to the original in Columbus' Italian Village, opened Jan. 6 at 210 Thurman Ave.

Fox in the Snow is known for its home-baked goods, freshly brewed coffee drinks and laidback atmosphere.

However, one conspicuously missing amenity is free Wi-Fi.


Central Ohio has two more bubble-tea options in Columbus -- one in the University District and another poised to open on Bethel Road.

Vivi Bubble Tea, which is part of a national chain with a strong presence on the East Coast, is at 2408 N. High St.

It has dozens of choices: milk, ice jelly, flavored, slushes, oolong and Yakult, a probiotic dairy drink.

Brewed Leaf, which will sell bubble and loose-leaf teas, is slated to open in a month or so at 809 Bethel Road.


Piada Italian Street Food is expanding to Grove City.

The Piada will be at 4139 Buckeye Parkway and was slated to open Jan. 16.

It will be central Ohio's ninth Piada.


Cameron Mitchell Restaurants plans to open a food-hall concept in the Budd Dairy Co. building in Italian Village by the end of 2018.

The Budd Dairy Food Hall will license spaces for eight to 10 entrepreneurial, chef-driven restaurant concepts.

The building at 1086 N. Fourth St. is 14,000 square feet and has a rooftop deck.

Cameron Mitchell is working with developer Kevin Lykens on the project.

Corso Ventures, the owner of Forno Kitchen + Bar and other restaurants, recently announced a similar concept. The company will open Food Hall in 2018 in the Short North.