Photo by Blackletter for The Kitchen


The speakeasy must be this year’s gastropub. While the modern speakeasy is perfectly legal, the name throws back to a certain elegance of the time period. Speakeasies, by definition, were toned down, quiet places where the ladies and gents spoke “easy” so as not to alert the neighbors or the police that they were imbibing during the Prohibition days. Perfectly aligned with the shhhh history is the pop-up speakeasy – open for one day and you have to know the secret details (hint, you’re reading them right now). On October 26, Four Thieves Thirst Parlour will be taking over The Kitchen in German Village for a night of adventurous cocktailing. Created by Annie Williams and Luke Pierce, Four Thieves focuses on cocktail experimenting with new combinations, interesting ingredients, modern techniques, and sublime presentations. The event at The Kitchen will highlight a trio of takes on the Manhattan, as well as gin and tonics, all presented alongside bar bites. Williams, the face of Four Thieves, is known around town for her cheery delivery behind the bar at The Sycamore, as well as for the mad cocktail skills that led her into the finals of the national Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition. For tickets and event details, visit

In other behind-the-bar news, The Denmark has a creative fundraising opportunity for all the nonprofits out there. Be a guest bartender for a couple shifts and 15 percent of the retail sales will go to your organization! Groups can schedule their representatives to work a four-hour shift any Wednesday and highlight the efforts of their community activities. For details, email

There’s a lot of meat lovin’ happening in town right now, what with The Carvery opening up on Gay Street and Cameron Mitchell’s steak-centric The Barn unveiling itself. Yavonne Sarber of the FAB Dining Group is reopening the shuttered Chez du Bon and Fin space for nearly a month starting on October 13 to test out a new concept: The Meat Bar. This new fast-casual concept will take over the downtown spot for lunch and dinner and feature dishes hovering around the six- to nine-dollar price-point. Sarber is once again tapping the talents of Chef Robert Harrison, designer of the initial menu at de-NOVO, to create the dishes.

It’s a sad day when one of our most venerable and beloved local stores closes up shop. Rife’s Market, which has stood at the intersection of Fifth and Grandview avenues for the better part of a century, will be closing later this month. The shop on the corner, with its overflowing produce baskets and hand-written signs, has been in the Rife family since it opened its doors in 1936. The closing sale has started already. However, to go out on a community note, the shop will host A Final Columbus Marathon Party on October 19. Folks are encouraged to bring chairs, tables, and dishes to share, while Rife’s will provide coffee, cider, water, and donuts.