Plus, Mmelo pops up at Easton, and Grand Tavern is now serving in Grandview.
Si Señor Returns to Its Old Stomping Grounds
One of the city’s best sandwich makers has returned to the Downtown area more than three years after it departed. Si Señor Peruvian Sandwiches & More is now open at 155 W. Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District, filling the former Zoup! space. The owners of the Latin-style sandwich shop, Guillermo Perez and Christell Gozzer, have one other location at 1456 W. Fifth Ave. in Fifth by Northwest. The pair opened their first sandwich shop Downtown more than 10 years ago in the Atlas Building and later relocated the shop to Lynn Alley. They expanded with the Grandview-area storefront in 2017, but the Lynn Alley shop closed in 2020, when the Downtown lunch crowd was scarce. Si Señor specializes in affordable, generously sized sandwiches, as well as its signature cilantro pasta salad and tres leches cake.
Mayor of Flavortown to Host New Food Festival in Columbus
The spikey-haired, Columbus-born celebrity chef Guy Fieri is bringing a new, two-day food and music festival to Central Ohio next year. According to a press release, the inaugural Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Fest will take place June 1-2, 2024, at the Lawn at CAS (2540 Olentangy River Road). Two-day tickets are now on sale starting at $155 and can be purchased at flavortownfest.com.
Grand Tavern Now Serving in Grandview
The long-awaited opening of Grand Tavern took place over the weekend at 1111 W. First Ave. The bar takes over the former Marshall’s Restaurant & Bar space along with its neighbor Delaney’s Diner. Marshall’s closed last summer after 37 years. According to the tavern’s Facebook page, the bar’s hours will be 3-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (with the exception of Thanksgiving). Grand Tavern will open early at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, for The Game.
Mmmm … Mmelo Pops Up at Easton
Locally owned Mmelo Boutique Confections recently unveiled a holiday pop-up shop at Easton Town Center. The store is at 3951 Easton Square Place East, formerly home to Fay’s Crepes. Mmelo is known for its “hand-crafted and junk-free” chocolates, bon bons and signature Marshmmelos. The confectionery sells a variety of vegan, gluten-free and dairy free offerings. The shop’s hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
Last Call for James Beard Nominations
Did you know anyone can nominate a local chef, restaurant or bakery for a James Beard Award? You can help end the city’s James Beard drought by visiting jamesbeard.org to enter your nominations for categories such as Best New Restaurant, Best Chef: Great Lakes, Best Pastry Chef, Emerging Chef and more. Nominations require a written statement or video in support of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 30.
Eat More Tacos
The Austin-based Tex-Mex chain Torchy’s Tacos added a new location last week at 3726 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Dublin. It’s the second in Central Ohio, joining a Torchy’s storefront at 1478 Gemini Place in Polaris. The new location offers a variety of tacos (including breakfast), burritos, salads and churros as well as a full bar and patio.