Renaming of Two Block’s Bagels locations

Openings and announcements

The Columbus Icon Block’s Bagels, Bakery & Deli, which opened in 1967, is now down to a single location at 6115 McNaughten Center. Block’s other two locations, located at 3012 E. Broad St. and inside historic North Market, have been renamed Fox’s Bagel and Deli. The change reflects the name of managing partner Jeremy Fox, who acquired a license for “Block’s Bagels” in 2017. That year he opened the physical store in Bexley, followed by the North Market stand in 2020. Fox has announced this week that Fox’s Bagel and Deli will feature new menu items and new recipes. Fox also owns Heirloom Café, located inside the Wexner Center for the Arts, and Sammy’s NY Bagels, a wholesale/home delivery business that Fox purchased earlier this year.

After shutting down his meat-and-three concept this summer, James Anderson, owner and founder of Ray Ray’s Pig Pitannounced this week that it was launching Ray Ray’s Supper Club at the Granville location at 1256 Columbus Road. According to a press release, the new concept “combines the best aspects of collaborative dinners, pop-ups and cooking competitions with the familiar comforts of a sit-down restaurant.” Ray Ray’s new executive chef, Jacob Wilson, will join Anderson in executing the dinners with a rotating cast of guest chefs. Takeout BBQ will still be available Thursday through Sunday at Granville Ray Ray’s, but the venue will host its first official supper club event on Friday, October 14, featuring a seven-course Moonshine collaboration dinner with Yellow Springs. Tuck-N-Red Spirits and Wines. In addition to paid collaboration dinners, the venue will host Chef Scrap, a series of one-on-one cooking competitions in front of a live audience. For tickets and more details on Ray Ray’s Supper Club dinners and Chef Scrap competitions, visit rayrayssupperclub.com.

Based in North Carolina Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar announced this week that its first Central Ohio location will open Oct. 26 in Upper Arlington. The new 5,500 square foot restaurant, located at 1678 W. Lane Ave., is part of the Westmont at the Lane development. Founded in downtown Asheville in 2000, Tupelo Honey offers a modern take on homemade Southern cuisine. Dishes on the menu include bone-in fried chicken, shrimp and grits and four variations of eggs Benedict as well as cocktails with local spirits and 17 draft beers.

The gluten-free bakery Make me happy completed its move from Merion Village to 500 E. Whittier St., a former Schumacher Place post office. The new bakery opened last weekend. Make me happy has a second location at North Market Bridge Park (6750 Longshore St.).

The East Market’s Inaugural Sausage Feast will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at 212 Kelton Ave. The event will offer the opportunity to sample a variety of sausages from The Butcher & Grocer as well as Garage Beer lager from Braxton Brewing Co. Buy your tickets here.

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U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced Wednesday this Ava Misseldinethe former owner of Central Ohio’s Koko tea room and bakery, pleaded guilty in federal court to 16 counts of wire and passport fraud. In June, Misseldine was arrested and charged with stealing the identity of a baby, Brie Bourgeois, who died in 1979. She used the baby’s identity to obtain a passport and raise more than $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program fraudulent loans. As part of her plea, Misseldine “will pay more than $1.5 million in restitution and give up her Utah home and the proceeds from the recent sale of her Michigan home, which she purchased with money.” money stolen by the government,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Despatch of Columbus has more on the case here.

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