Saucy Brew Works has introduced its beer – and occasional – to Columbus.
The Cleveland-based crafter brewer has opened its first brewpub and coffeehouse in Columbus at 443 W. Third Ave. within the Harrison West neighborhood.
It’s meant to be a snug, neighborhood bar the place individuals can hang around. The 190-seat house has indoor and out of doors seating, together with a small brewery and house the place prospects can keep distant from one another in the course of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“Harrison West felt like our neighborhood in Ohio Metropolis (in Cleveland the place Saucy has a brewpub),” stated Brent Zimmerman, the corporate’s CEO and cofounder. “We checked out 50-plus properties and simply really feel in love with that one.”
The growth to Columbus has been within the works since Zimmerman began Saucy with Eric Anderson, cofounder and chief brewing officer, in 2017.
“It was at all times deliberate since day one. It was only a matter of timing. … I like Columbus. We love neighborhoods,” he stated.
One other location in Detroit is slotted to open in December.
The menu contains salads, sandwiches and wings, together with month-to-month specials.
The home specialty is a thin-crust pizza patterned after the “apizza” type fashionable in New Haven, Connecticut. Saucy despatched a chef to New Haven to attempt pizza at a number of eating places to give you the pizza offered within the brewpubs, Zimmerman stated.
At its two Cleveland brewpubs, gross sales between beer and meals are cut up about in half.
The Columbus location will function not less than 20 kinds of Saucy beers, together with IPAs, classic-style Kolsch and Saucy’s Christmas ales.
Then there’s espresso.
It’s a tiny however rising a part of Saucy’s enterprise, one thing Zimmerman views as form of a startup that enables Saucy to increase its hours of operation on the location in Columbus into the morning.
“It is loopy,” he stated. “We taste-tested 50-plus totally different coffees to get the roast we wished.”
Saucy’s provides a home roast, a darkish roast and occasional drinks, Zimmerman stated.
The rising firm is also giving prospects and others an opportunity to purchase a stake within the firm.
The corporate has launched a crowdfunding marketing campaign with a purpose of utilizing the cash to finance growth and buy new tools, amongst different bills, Zimmerman stated.
Jeni’s and Land-Grant collaborating
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Lotions and Land-Grant Brewing Co. are switching issues up this yr.
The businesses collaborated on summer time product releases in 2018 and 2019, with Land-Grant releasing a strawberry beer for Jeni’s annual Strawberry Jam competition.
“It is a small, actually enjoyable competition,” stated Jeni’s founder Jeni Britton Bauer.
The gathering was canceled this yr within the face of the pandemic.
So as an alternative, Land-Grant is brewing a extra fall-appropriate beer with the Bramble Jamble, a brew primarily based on Jeni’s Brambleberry Crisp, one of many ice cream maker’s hottest flavors.
Ray Ray’s making modifications
Ray Ray’s Hog Pit is getting a brand new CEO and has introduced plans for its first brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Invoice Glover, most lately the manager chef at Hilton Columbus Downtown, has joined Ray Ray’s as chief government.
Ray Ray’s has acquired a former restaurant at 1256 Columbus Highway in Granville that may function Ray Ray’s smoked meats when it opens subsequent yr.
The placement can have indoor seating and carryout and drive-thru choices, and it’ll serve merchandise from close by Anderson Farms, the place James Anderson, the owner-founder of Ray Ray’s and Anderson Farms, raises pigs.
The restaurant joins the Ray Ray’s food-truck areas at Ace of Cups, 2619 N. Excessive St. in Clintonville, at 5755 Maxtown Highway in Westerville, Land-Grant Brewing Co. at 424 W. City St. in Franklinton and Nocterra Brewing Co. at 41 Depot St. in Powell.
Kroger, ClusterTruck partnering up
Kroger and ClusterTruck, a expertise startup that operates delivery-only eating places, have struck a partnership to begin kitchens at two Kroger shops, together with one in Dublin at 7625 Sawmill Highway.
The brand new idea will repurpose roughly 1,000 sq. toes at every retailer to create an area for ClusterTruck employees members to organize meals for fast supply and in-store pickup. Prospects could order from a menu of greater than 80 meals.
ClusterTruck’s strategy to meal supply permits the corporate to make sure orders are delivered to the client inside 7 minutes of preparation – and, on common, lower than half-hour of ordering.
The primary kitchen in a retailer in Indianapolis is open. The one in Dublin will open later this yr.
Jeff Ruby delivering
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, the high-end downtown Columbus restaurant, now could be delivering.
The complete meals and wine menus, besides oysters and ice cream, can be found for order and supply.
Orders could also be made at jeffruby.com on the takeout and supply hyperlink. Curbside pickup or cook-at-home meal kits – in addition to normal takeout service – will proceed to be obtainable.
Crimson Cup pouring at Easton
Crimson Cup Espresso & Tea has opened its new retail flagship at 4066 Value Ave. within the City District at Easton City Middle.
The shop will probably be open from 7 a.m. to eight p.m. day by day.
Pizza Cottage increasing
Lancaster-based Pizza Cottage will open a brand new location in Powell in December.
The brand new retailer will probably be in a former Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant at 8753 Owenfield Drive.
This will probably be seventh Pizza Cottage location and the primary one north of Columbus.
Jack and Yvonne Gorham based Pizza Cottage in Carroll in Fairfield County in 1972.
Larry Tipton purchased the corporate in 2017. He additionally owns 10 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar areas in Ohio and Arizona.
The Columbus Dispatch reporter Patrick Cooley contributed to this report.