Dough Mama is still out to prove its pies are upper crust.
On Aug. 29, owner and chief baker Perrie Wilkof opened her second location, taking over the former Kolache Republic space, 730 S. High St. in the Brewery District.
Just shy of five years ago, she opened her original shop at 3335 N. High St. in Clintonville.
Wilkof admits she’s the unlikeliest restaurateur.
“I had never run a restaurant or even managed one,” she said.
COVID-19 put the brakes on an attempt to open in the Dublin North Market. And while Wilkof admired the Kolache Republic space from afar, it just wasn’t available.
“I always wanted to be on this block,” she said, with Antiques on High, Local Cantina, Law Bird, Ambrose & Eve and other destinations just a few doors away.
And then the space became vacant, with Kolache Republic eventually moving down the street to take over the Daily Growler’s kitchen at 702 S. High St.
Almost immediately, the “for lease” sign came down once again – but only temporarily. When it was back on the market, Wilkof struck.
The small interior is mostly white, with light-colored wooden floors, semi-open kitchen and a big bay window at the store’s entrance. For now, it’s carryout and delivery only, with seating for 12 on the patio.
Wilkof said she will open up the interior for dining when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The menu offers scones, muffins, biscuits, seasonal quiche, dessert options and, of course, pies, among them maple bourbon pecan, seasonal custard and honey apple.
Savory options include sausage apple pot pie and mac-and-cheese.
“The pot pies are big,” Wilkof said. “They’re enough for two, I’d say.”
Most individual items are $7 to $12. Pie slices are generally $5; whole pies are $34.
There are a few differences between the Clintonville and Brewery District stores. One is early dinner hours, with plenty of hearty fare, at the South High location.
Wilkof revived an old classic, tuna noodle casserole, with the kind of home-spun quality kids from the 1970s might remember well.
“It’s actually based on my grandma’s recipe” – cream of mushroom soup, egg noodles, canned tuna and French’s Crispy Fried Onions, she said.
Also, in the Brewery District, a new espresso machine allows for an expansive coffee menu.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 614-826-0588.
Grandad’s Pizza & Pub is replacing Morone’s Italian Village in the Bethel Centre.
Cindi and Charles Hackney, who own Grandad’s Pizza & Pub in Hilliard and Grandad’s Pizza, a carryout near Grandview Heights, said they are creating a full-service restaurant complete with a bar and full pizzeria menu at 1490 Bethel Road.
Cindi Hackney said the couple is knocking down a wall, creating a 3,200-square-foot space.
She said COVID-19 has put the restaurant’s plan on hold for several months because the couple couldn’t obtain building permits. She said it’s unclear when it will open.
On a roll
Barrio Tacos just opened a place and plans to add a food truck just shy of springtime.
The Cleveland-based casual taco joint, now at 1416 W. Fifth Ave. in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood, will roll out the truck March 1. Those who want to book an event can visit www.barrio-tacos.com/foodtruck.
Dispatch restaurant reporter Gary Seman Jr. can be reached at [email protected]