Sammy's on 5th has replaced Bar 145 at 955 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus near Grandview Heights, but build-your-own burgers will remain the top menu option at the strip-mall spot.
The menu is being downsized, as the new owners have decided not to carry on with the Bar 145 brand. The Toledo-based burger chain opened the lone central Ohio location six years ago.
The Sammy's ownership team is Bill Heichel, his son, Adam Heichel, and Michelle Byers.
Byers said they acquired the restaurant from the previous Bar 145 franchisees and were given the option of continuing with the brand or recasting the restaurant. They chose the latter.
Sammy's, which seats 350 inside, is a few blocks west of Olentangy River Road.
It has a spacious patio, complete with fire pits.
The restaurant also will continue its tradition of live music and a casual menu, Byers said.
The new menu should be in place in a week or two, followed by light cosmetic work in the interior, Byers said.
"We're transitioning slowly," she said.
The District PourHouse, a new locally owned bar and restaurant, has replaced World of Beer at the Gateway in Columbus' University District near Ohio State University.
The 4,500-square-foot space, 1568 N. High St., offers a full repertoire of classic, Ohio and global craft beers, 50 of which will be on tap.
Menu items include build-your-own hot dogs, biscuit bowls, burgers, sandwiches and shareable plates.
Also look for vintage video games and sports on large-screen TVs throughout the establishment.
It was bound to come to this: ice cream tacos.
Central Ohioans will have to wait a week or so for this highly specialized frozen confection, as Moon Rolls Ice Cream, 10243 Sawmill Parkway in Powell, waits for new equipment to arrive.
The shop, which specializes in Thai-style rolled ice cream, will begin serving its brand of tacos when it receives a waffle iron.
Moon Rolls' small- and regular-sized rolled ice cream dishes use a variety of bases, mix-ins and toppings.
A quick recap: To create the ice cream rolls, a liquid base is poured on a chilled metal table, manipulated until it is frozen and then scraped into rolls. Most orders are served in a cup, with waffle wraps and the tacos available soon.
Porch Growler has announced a September opening in Worthington.
The roughly 1,900-square-foot Porch Growler tasting room will offer 60 taps of rotating craft beer from local, regional and national breweries.
The owners of Porch Growler, 890 High St., hope it becomes a destination for soccer fans, as the tasting room will open early for English Premier League weekend matches, which continue through May.