Official opening of the Mercury Diner on Parsons Avenue

Openings and announcements

The Mercure restaurant, the latest concept from restaurant group A&R Creative, will open its doors on Thursday, November 17. The cosmic, retro restaurant replaces A&R’s Crest Gastropub at 621 Parsons Ave. at Schumacher Square. Ave. You can check out Mercury Diner’s menu here, which includes the Big Bang (cookies and gravy), Egg and Cheese English Muffin Sandwich, Fondue Dough, Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese, and Brioso Coffee. The restaurant will also offer beer, wine, cocktails and shakes for you to wash down, as well as breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday.

Pablo’s Havana Cafe opened earlier than expected at North Market Bridge Park (6750 Longshore St.). The Cuban restaurant offers El Cubano sandwiches, beef empanadas, tostones and more.

Bird Law unveiled a new menu this week, its first major update since Tastemaker PJ Ford joined the team. We are intrigued by the Stroop, that’s it! with Biscoff-infused bourbon and gin-spiced goat’s milk GOAT. Discover the new menu on Law Bird’s Instagram.

Today, COhatch and its partner North High Brewing gave us a virtual look at their new Westerville location, a renovation of the historic Armory building. North High’s latest collaboration with the Columbus-based coworking company will include a restaurant and brasserie, multiple patio spaces, an outdoor bar and a music stage. North High and COhatch are targeting a Spring/Summer 2023 opening for the Westerville site. Check out the virtual tour video here.

Olde Towne East Gemüt Biergarten (734 Oak St.) has added a new and improved tent, which means a cozier beer garden atmosphere this fall and winter. Read our story about the owners of the brewery here.

Land-Grant Brewing Co. Winter Garden returns this season to 424 W. Town St. in Franklinton. You can now reserve your place for Brewery Curling and/or a Cozy Igloo at landgrantbrewing.com/wintergarden. Curling matches last 90 minutes and take place on the brewery’s 1,300 square foot ice rink in the beer garden.

The Junta, the new boutique hotel under construction in Franklinton, has hired a general manager and released more details about its half-dozen food and drink venues. The hotel is expected to open next spring. Hotel operator Makeready announced this week that Jason Delcamp is the hotel’s new general manager. He comes to Columbus from Halcyon, a Makeready hotel in Cherry Creek, Colorado. Here is an overview of the hotel’s dining and nightlife options:

  • Little West Tavern is a neighborhood bar-restaurant offering wood-fired cuisine.
  • The hotel cafe, at Maudine’sis named after Maudine Ormsby, the Holstein cow named Ohio State University’s homecoming queen in 1926. (That’s right.)
  • Topping the hotel will be the rooftop bar brass eyenamed after a phrase for drunkenness – “has a brass eye” – said to have been coined by Benjamin Franklin.
  • The trading room is a gathering space in the lobby for a quick breakfast or, in the evening, a place to have a drink.
  • The back patio is an outdoor space next to The Trade Room with an open fireplace.
  • Perhaps most intriguing is Western Poutinea showcase offering poutine.