Check out these Columbus-area restaurants that just opened

The Columbus-area food scene has been very active this summer, with nearly two dozen new places to eat, drink and grab a cup of coffee around the city, and more on the way.

From wagyu burgers and grilled octopus to tacos, beef patties, vegan pastries and keto cookies, here are the restaurants freshly open for business so far this summer:

Agave & Rye in the Short North

Bourbon and taco bar Agave & Rye opened its first location in Columbus at 479 N. High St. in the Short North at the top of June. Agave & Rye’s owners returned to Columbus to open their 11th and 12th locations after previously owning and operating Oliver’s BSB, de-NOVO Bistro and Fin. The eatery serves up tacos with more than 90 tequilas and 90 bourbons.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 11 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 am to midnight; and Sunday 11 am to 10 pm

Tudie’s Cookies & Sweets

Brittani Hoffman stands behind her orange pound cake and cinnamon roll at her new bakery, Tudie's Cookies & Sweets, 3009 N. High St.  in Clintonville.

Tudie’s Cookies & Sweets, 3009 N. High St., is a new bakery in Clintonville that opened in June. Owner Brittani “Tudie” Hoffman uses high-quality ingredients in her cookies, like banoffee pie, caramel brookie, oatmeal cream pie with cookie butter and lemon blueberry cheesecake, cold-brewed and hot coffee from Florin Coffee, plus a number of savory items like egg-and-cheese quiche.

Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 8 am to 2 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 3 pm

Worthington Tavern

Oysters on the half shell, a Proud as a Peacock drink, an OKC (Oklahoma City) double smash burger and one of the 20 beers on tap are on display June 14 at the Worthington Tavern.

Worthington Tavern, 671 High St. Opened June 2 at the former site of Half Pint in Worthington.

The “modern-day old-town tavern” features American fare including pasta burgers, and seafood, with a full bar of 20 draft beers, 30 whiskeys and bourbons, and a cocktail menu. The restaurant is also a part of the city’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area and is planning on introducing brunch hours on the weekends starting this month.

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