deraj1013 wrote >>
My question is, would Columbus' lower Eastern European population explain why pierogi joints don't have much staying power in Columbus?
I think Hawa Russia might have been a bit of a big storefront for the business they were doing; however, I would image that a smaller model would be able to thrive in the right location. Thoughts?
When Hawa Russia moved into the abandoned Asian eatery I was shocked that they moved into such a large space, but they had big aspirations for catering to large crowds, with live music and a dance floor and all that. But in the end, the food varied from bad to pretty good, as did the service. As key people left, other untrained personnel filled the gap unsuccessfully. And then the health inspectors came in and started listing the numerous violations, stemming from untrained personnel. I had spit roasted chicken with raw interiors served on two separate occasions. Their reputation began to proceed them and the large space was a ghost town most nights.
Concerning pierogies in Central Ohio, I think were more of a melting pot here with a small Eastern European population, but a lot of us have heard of, if not enjoyed them at some point. Those who've never had them would be curious, and word of mouth could do wonders for a fledgling pierogi spot. There are a lot of North Coast transplants to spread the word, too. It doesn't have to be a big place, but they have to be good to draw a crowd.
Baked Russian style vs boiled Polish style? Or both? The baked style reminds me of empanadas, calzones, or even samosas in some ways. Though they are good too, I crave the soft, almost rubbery boiled Polish style pierogi. Swampkitty would have to choose one or the other, or offer both at her piergi eatery.