Beginning of the Jazz & Rib Fest barbecue week
Openings and announcements
The annual Jazz & Rib Fest is on hiatus for 2021, but today the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has kicked off Jazz & Rib Fest BBQ Week. The event, which features special barbecues, prix fixe menus and meal kits from local restaurants and food trucks, continues through July 25. Participating businesses include B&K Smoke House, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, Seitan’s Realm, The Pit BBQ Grille, Smoked on High and many more. Learn more at hotribscooljazz.org.
Slice of Columbus, an annual pizza party to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will return with an in-person event this fall. Last year, Slice of Columbus switched to “Pizza Passport” format due to the pandemic. This year, the local za celebration will take place on Wednesday, September 22 at Columbus Commons.
Last week the new owners of Sycamore (262 E. Sycamore St.) announced that the renovated restaurant will debut at the end of the month. The popular German village restaurant changed hands during the pandemic after owner Chris Crader put it up for sale. The new group of owners, Good Food Restaurants, also operates the regional Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill chain. You can read more about the plans for the new Sycamore here.
Newark’s Pizzeria Elliot’s wood-fired kitchen and faucet recently opened a second location. Elliot’s now serves their wood-fired pizzas at 724 Corylus Drive in Pataskala.
The Clintonville Home Cooking Monument McCarthy’s Wildflower Coffee (3420 Indianola Ave.) has reopened for indoor and patio dining after it rotated to take place last year due to COVID-19.
Ray Ray’s pig pit at Franklinton now serves weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to Ray Ray’s popular smoked meats, the truck will serve cookies and gravy, a breakfast wrap with brisket and pulled pork tacos. You can find the truck parked outside Land-Grant Brewing at 424 Town St.