Neighbor’s deli to close; Weenie Wonder ready for debut

Openings and announcements

The new venture of Rise Brands, a hot dog restaurant named Wonder Weenie, is planning a grand opening on Thursday, February 24 in Bridge Park. The new restaurant is located at 6558 Riverside Dr. between two sister companies: Pins Mechanical Co. and 16 Bit Bar + Arcade. Weenie Wonder will offer a full line of all-beef hot dogs (as well as vegan dogs), jojos, tater tots and milkshakes. A second Weenie Wonder is in the works in downtown Easton.

The Arena District will have a new destination for craft beer when Goodwood Brewery and Spirits opens March 14. The Louisville, Kentucky-based brewery and restaurant will occupy space at 401 N. Front St. in the Arena District, which was vacated by Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant when it closed abruptly in early March. 2020. In addition to its craft beer lineup, Goodwood will focus on dark spirits, including its own bourbon. The 14,000 square foot space will include a full kitchen, two reception rooms, multiple televisions and a patio. Menu items include Bavarian pretzels, burgers, chicken and waffles, bourbon-cured pork chops and more, with brunch served Saturdays and Sundays.

The Lebanese restaurant chain from Aladdin announced the addition of a fifth location in Greater Columbus. The new restaurant will be located in the Hamilton Quarter development at 6284 E. Dublin-Granville Road near New Albany. The restaurant is expected to open this spring.

While sushi ten (1159 Old Henderson Road) is undergoing renovations, sushi take-out has moved next door. Until further notice, you can find the Sushi Ten counter at the back of the Tensuke market at the Kenny Center.

Local developer Casto presented to the Harrison West Society last night, outlining his plans to redevelop the Thurber Village Shopping Center on Neil Ave. The site was previously home to Giant Eagle, which closed in 2017, and the mall still includes the Boston Stoker cafe, CVS and Great Clips. Another tenant, Oodles Noodle & Dumpling Bar, recently closed. The proposal includes a five-story apartment building and two commercial buildings, which would sit alongside Neil. CVS would fill one of the buildings and the other would include nearly 21,000 square feet of commercial rental space.

Closures

Neighbor’s Deli (2142 W. Henderson Road), a popular spot known for its overflowing deli sandwiches, is scheduled to close Saturday, May 21. The decision was confirmed this week by owner Jon Snyder, who was featured in Monthly Columbus‘s Best Sandwiches last year. The demand is not the problem. The deli has been busier than ever amid the pandemic, but Snyder is just “physically in control,” he said. The deli has been understaffed for months and struggles to cope with rising food prices. Snyder opened the grocery store with his uncle in 2009.

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