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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.

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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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