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Bistro 608 Proposed for The Short North

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Bistro 608 Proposed for The Short NorthAll renderings via J. Carter Bean Architect.
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North High Street in the Short North is getting a face lift in a major way. With work well underway on The Joseph, new businesses are ready to try their luck in the middle of this cultural hub. Among them is Bistro 608, which hopes to open at 608 North High Street.

The site is currently home to Callander Cleaners. Proposed is a sidewalk café, like the kind seen in Paris or Venice. The main entrance would be on North High Street, with sidewalk tables on the Poplar Park side of the building, offering guests a chance enjoy the bustle of High Street without being in the middle of it.

This welcome addition to the character of High Street is promising, as the park space, thus far, has been fairly under utilized. Creating an urban oasis of sorts like this would hopefully be essential in promoting more foot traffic in the neighborhood.


According to renderings provided, Bistro 608 will likely offer breakfast and brunch, as well as lunch and dinner. Bistro 608 will likely also serve alcohol. Representatives from J. Carter Bean Architect (the applicant for the project) did not want to comment further on preliminary project details at this point in time.

Supporters of the Short North want to ensure that Bistro 608 will work in tandem with the historical character of the building it will be in, which has been around for decades, so adjustments to current plans are being made.

“All thought the use of sidewalk tables on the Poplar Park side of the building would go a long way to activating that space,” shared Jason Sudy of the Italian Village Commission when the plan was presented to Commission earlier this week. “[But] the design, while effectively evoking a European-style sidewalk café, went too far in impacting the historical character of the building.”

An opening date is yet to be set for Bistro 608.

All renderings via J. Carter Bean Architect.



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  • MHJ

    Where would the cleaners relocate to? Residents of the Short North and Italian Village still need a dry cleaners.

    • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker Evans

      Perhaps they can relocate into one of the new retail spaces opening up at The Joseph? Would probably work well to be attached to a hotel in addition to serving the neighborhood.

    • http://honestlyinsincere.wordpress.com honestlyinsincere

      Residents can still use Spring Cleaners at N. 4th & 1st Ave., as well as Rainbow Cleaners in Harrison West. High Street isn’t a very convenient location for parking and running into a dry cleaners anyway, but I get what you might be infering about the loss of businesses that contribute to a neighborhood and serve residents rather than just visitors.

      • MHJ

        First of all — threaded comments = genius. It’s the little things that make a re-design great.

        That said, I totally understand that a dry cleaners probably isn’t the best and highest use next to a luxury boutique hotel and a high-end retailer. But my hope is that the powers that be don’t neglect the continued need for neighborhood-serving businesses.

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    • Mack741

      Genius “location” – reserving comment on restaurant concept for now.

  • mbeaumont

    Love the design. Really hope the commission doesn’t pull it back too much.

  • JPowell

    Will be sad to lose another neighborhood amenity. The challenge now is how to retain and attract those service amenities (dry cleaners, corner grocers, etc.) that make a neighborhood like the Short North more walkable and liveable. I love the concept, particularly the outdoor dining, but one cannot run errands at a bistro or high end clothing boutique.

  • heresthecasey

    Looks great! I love the attention to detail.

    I’m a fan overall of the Sarbers’ work and dedication downtown, but this proposal is everything Chez du Bon by the Commons should have been, but isn’t.

  • JMan

    The IV commission is the problem. They are hurting the Short North’s potential (or trying to ) every time.

    • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker Evans

      Really? I’ve always gotten the impression that the IV Commission has been easy to work with. Obviously, they have opinions and want to see some specifics with regard to historic preservation, but I don’t think they’ve done anything to hold the neighborhood back.

      The Hub, The Pizzuti Hotel and The Jeffrey are all projects approved of by the IVC. Are those projects holding the neighborhood back?

  • sciguy85

    I guess when I read “sidewalk cafe, like the kind seen in Venice or Paris,” I expected more than three little tables and 6 chairs shoved underneath an awning…

  • mbeaumont

    It’s a rendering. I wouldn’t start counting tables just yet.

    And the IVC does a good job for the most part. You could also add Parkside to that list, Walker. ;)

  • whopper jr

    The fleur de lis is begging for a small stage with some old timey music. Live music is getting harder to come by in the Short North.

  • RAK84

    I wish they would put up a wall at the end of the alley to block off the view of the highway. Cover it in ivy or climbing-roses with nice uplighting. And maybe put a water feature like an old-world style fountain in the plaza between this building and MoJo. People like small intimate spaces. Could be a great pocket park.

  • RAK84

    And by “they,” I mean the city or a corporate donor.

  • http://whattherock.com Liner Notes

    @whopper jr. Plenty of live music happening in the Short North. You just have to travel to the entertainment hub of it- The Garden District. Bros. Drake, Circus, Skully’s, Short North Stage and even Short North Coffee House host live music acts on a regular basis.


    Great… another “choch” bar brought to you by the same people that brought the Pint House to the neighborhood.

    WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER BAR IN THE SHORT NORTH. Maxed out. Anyone seen the mess the neighborhood has become in the past year? Puke on the sidewalks (half-eaten gyros), garbage cans overturned, and the average age (and I.Q.) skewing downward by each day.

    Please, enough of the spike heels and suburban drunks.

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