Openings and announcements
The South Side Boutique Bakery J’s sweet treats is about to open a second physical retail store, this one at Polaris Fashion Place (1500 Polaris Parkway). The bakery, founded by Juana Williams, will replace Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on the upper level of the mall. In addition to the bakery’s signature cupcakes, lemon bars and milkshakes, the Polaris store will feature truffles, soaked apples, an expanded selection of take-out cakes, and gift items such as cards and candles. “Sometimes it seems surreal what we’ve built from a part-time bustle in my kitchen,” Williams said in an ad. Look for an opening in early July.
Columbus Coffee Roaster Crimson Cup coffee and tea This month celebrates its 30th anniversary with the release of a new limited edition coffee that blends Guatemalan and Peruvian beans: 1991 Blend. While supplies last, 1991 Blend can be purchased at Crimson Cup cafes in Clintonville and Upper Arlington, as well as Hills Market Downtown and Weiland’s Market. Throughout May, Crimson Cup will also unveil coffee drinks that celebrate ’90s nostalgia.
After 10 months of postponement only, vegetarian restaurant Common (677 Parsons Ave.) will reopen for dinner starting Wednesday, May 26. The Schumacher Place restaurant, which opened at the end of 2018, will serve dinner only, for dinner in and take out, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations will be available later this month. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to see people coming together to share our space, our food and our passion once again,” Founder and Operator Joe Galati said in a press release. “It has been a difficult year, but with the summer months approaching and the vaccination rate rising in Ohio, it gives me hope.” Comune’s last chef, Jacob Inscore, moved to New York City recently, with Sous Chef Zach Riddle as Comune’s interim chef.
After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, the food tour company Columbus Food Adventures is set to resume walking tours of Grandview Avenue, Old Worthington, German Village, Franklinton and the Brewery District in mid-May. Each visit will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, per government guidelines, and masks will be required inside. With in-person food tours hanging for months, Columbus Food Adventures pivoted during the pandemic to Trust Fall, a weekly series of “surprise” dinners delivered to customers. According to co-founder Bethia Woolf (who is Columbus monthly contributor), Trust Fall will continue on a more limited basis and in-person visits will continue to be reintroduced on a monthly basis.