Closure of Rockmill’s Bandit restaurant; Opening of the Overlook Café

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Openings and announcements

The new Franklin County Courthouse Cafeteria, Cafe view, debuts today. The social enterprise, located on the 16th floor, is managed by Service! Relief for Hospitality Workers, a non-profit organization founded at the start of the pandemic. Chef Sangeeta Lakhani (formerly of The Table), Chef Matthew Heaggans (of Preston’s: A Burger Joint) and Letha Pugh (co-founder of Bake Me Happy) are behind the effort. Serving breakfast and lunch, the Overlook Café will function as a training ground for future service industry employees and a business incubator, thanks to a unique public/private partnership with Franklin County.

Los Guachos Taqueria reopened in its new Gahanna digs on Wednesday. Located not far from its former Gahanna location at 1376 Cherry Bottom Road, the new space at 1344 Cherry Bottom Road offers the popular taqueria twice the size, plus a full bar and patio.

A franchise based in Florida Jon Smith Subs opened Monday at 1119 S. Hamilton Road in Whitehall, a space that was previously a Mr. Hero. The location is the brand’s first Columbus showcase. Jon Smith Subs offers made-to-order grilled subs, fresh deli subs and fries.

Grandpa’s Pizza recently debuted at 12998 National Road SW in Etna, replacing Pizzaroni. The new pizzeria offers salads, subs, meatballs, calzones, brick oven pizzas and more.

Temporary closures

Martha’s fusion cuisine (3331 Maize Road) informed customers this week that the restaurant was temporarily closed for renovations. The North Linden restaurant, a popular spot for birria tacos, has been named one of Monthly Columbus‘s Best New Restaurants earlier this year. Co-owner Jose Zacatelco told us in February that he planned to expand Martha’s from a primarily takeout operation into a “small but mighty” sit-down restaurant, with seating for around 30 people. He also plans to add a bar.

Closures

It’s the end of an era for stone mill tavern, the critically acclaimed restaurant at Lancaster’s Rockmill Brewery. On Wednesday, the restaurant announced it would close after service on Saturday, April 23, following a brief, pandemic-induced pizza switch under the name Bandit Pizza & Chords by Rockmill (503 Front Street S.).

Rockmill owner Matthew Barbee first opened the gastropub in the fall of 2016, and it quickly caught the eye under executive chef Andrew Smith. The Brewery District restaurant was named one of the city’s top 10 restaurants by Monthly Columbus in 2017 and 2018, but Smith then left the kitchen in the fall of 2018. Last May, Rockmill Tavern closed for several months to prepare for a pandemic-induced rebranding. It resurfaced last September as Bandit, a craft pizzeria and craft beer.

An announcement posted on Bandit’s Instagram account on Wednesday said: “Many of you know how complicated the restaurant industry can be under normal circumstances, before you consider one of the challenges of the past two years. . We sincerely appreciate every guest who has supported Rockmill Tavern and Bandit. As sad as this decision is, it is one we have taken with great care to ensure the long-term success of Rockmill Brewery.

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