Friday food bites: Buckeye Donuts headed to North Market, Jackie O’s on Fourth and Sexton’s Pizza Vic Village open

There’s always a lot going on in the Columbus restaurant world! Here’s the latest:

  • The South High Street location of Buckeye Donuts is expanding into North Market Downtown, taking over the empty stall near Green Olive and Fox Bagels & Deli. The donut shop is slated to open this spring. (The site is presumably where Dodo Donuts was previously advertised.
  • Chef Avishar Barua, the mind behind Joya’s Cafe and Agni, announced on social media that he will be appearing on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay next week, Thursday, May 11 at 9 p.m
  • Jackie O’s on Fourth will officially open its Columbus taproom today, Friday, May 5, at 3 p.m. The Downtown Tavern, located at 171 N. Fourth St. it has over 6000 square feet of indoor space and 8000 square feet of spread out outdoor patios. on two levels. The tavern also currently features a Bagel Street Deli cart, and a new Wario’s Beef & Pork concept is coming this June.
  • This week Sexton’s Pizza opened its new location at 360 W. Third Ave. in Victorian Village. This joins locations in Hilliard and Gahanna.
  • Local Cantina opened its latest location at 1644 Oak St. in the historic Trolley District, near the CBC Beer Hall and Eastern Market.
  • After 64 years in business, South Side Chinese restaurant Rice Bowl will close at the end of this month. The restaurant is located at 2300 S. High St.
  • Galla Park Social reopens today in the Short North, with an updated look, menu and name. Formerly called Galla Park Steak, the restaurant had been closed since a car crashed into it late last year.
  • Several Columbus distilleries took home awards at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco this week, including a major haul from High Bank Distillery and Echo Spirits.
  • 92 Chicken, a Korean fried chicken spot from the CM Chicken team, will soon add a second Central Ohio location at 599 S. State St. in Westerville. This joins a first store in Delaware.
  • Homestead Beer Co. has opened its new location at 10 S. High St. on Channel Winchester this week. This joins their locations in Heath, Newark and Marysville.
  • Worthington’s Hills Market is bringing back its popular pancake breakfast starting Saturday, May 6. It will be open every Saturday (from 8 am to noon) and Sunday (from 9 am to 1 pm) until the end of October. Cost is $5 for pancakes, sausages and coffee.
  • A pop-up bakery from chef and consultant Lara Yazvac Pipa will arrive this Sunday, May 7 at 2362 Summit St. in SoHud from 9am to noon.
  • A Tiger Sugar bubble tea and boba shop is coming soon to 858 Bethel Rd.
  • A Lego-themed burger pop-up called Brick Burger is coming to Columbus on October 14th and 15th.

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