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Harvest Pizzeria Coming Soon to German Village

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German Village is about to get tastier in a few weeks when the latest addition to their restaurant scene opens to the public. Harvest Pizzeria is the brainchild of Chris Crader and his fiance Bethany Lovell, and it combines old school Italian traditions with the new wave of farm-to-table cooking.

“The concept for Harvest was born from a love of pizza and a desire to find top quality pizza in Columbus,” said Crader. “I felt there was a serious void in this area in German Village and Bethany and I decided that it was time to open a place of our own.”

Customers at Harvest might find that Chris is a familiar face in the local restaurant community. He got his start as a server and bartender at the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus, and has worked as General Manager at Due Amici, Barrio and The Rossi.

“We were out looking at locations for our own venture, and we were shown this building on Fourth Street and immediately felt it would be the future home of Harvest Pizzeria,” explained Crader.

The location is tucked away on a stretch of Fourth Street located just south of Livingston Avenue. The front entrance contains a large patio space for al fresco dining, and the indoor area seats a cozy 24 guests.

“The decor is a mix of furniture made by an amish friend using local ash trees, and some metals to complement the warmth of the wood,” added Crader. “Our goal is to provide a comfortable space in which to enjoy good company and good food.”

Much of the menu will be composed of seasonal ingredients located within the state of Ohio, including some items grown at Chris’ farm in Canal Winchester or on the roof of the pizzeria in a container garden.

“Goose Foot Farm is located on a friend’s property in Canal Winchester,” said Crader. “We only cultivate about an acre, but do so intensively.”

“In the past I was growing a large assortment of vegetables, but this year I am focusing on tomatoes and peppers for the pizzeria,” he added.

Pizzas will be made on-site in a stone oven in a style most closely related to classic Neapolitan recipes.

“We are offering some traditional pizzas but also branching out with pizzas such as the ‘Yuma’, which has chorizo, sweet corn, Jalapeno, Roasted red peppers, havarti, and chipotle pepper spiked tomato sauce,” said Crader. “You will also find some local goat cheese on one with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, herb-olive oil, and sopressata.”

The pizzeria will be equipped with a full bar to offer a variety of ways for customers to wash down their dinners. An Italian-focused wine list will be at the forefront, along with locally brewed beer from Elevator.

Harvest Pizzeria is located at 495 S. 4th St in German Village and is working toward opening by the first of July. Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 11:30am to 11:00pm and Friday through Saturday, 11:30am to Midnight. Closed on Sundays.

More information can be found via Harvest Pizzeria’s Facebook Page.

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24 Responses to Harvest Pizzeria Coming Soon to German Village

  1. tolemac5050
    tolemac5050 June 15, 2011 5:19 pm at 5:19 pm

    Man the “YUMA” sounds great!

  2. Wickham
    Wickham June 15, 2011 6:02 pm at 6:02 pm

    This is great news. A pizzaria will be a great addition to the village and I will be going here a lot!

  3. Lauren Wilson
    osulew June 15, 2011 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm

    This sounds awesome.

  4. TaraK June 15, 2011 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm

    My day is made! That’s the perfect addition to the Village food offerings.

  5. tolemac5050
    tolemac5050 June 15, 2011 9:50 pm at 9:50 pm

    “Yuma” sounds very appetizing!

  6. tourist19
    tourist19 June 15, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm

    Well that’s happy! There can never be enough good pizza.

  7. stephentszuter
    stephentszuter June 16, 2011 7:18 am at 7:18 am

    Will there be a bike rack? Pleeeeeease?


  8. melikecheese
    melikecheese June 16, 2011 1:20 pm at 1:20 pm

    FINALLY!!  I agree 100% with the void of Pizza in this area, there is Planks which is OK but a very specific taste, and I do love Grandma’s Pizza but a nice “fancy” pizza place will be very welcomed.

    Ok next we need a small sushi place.  How this has not happened yet, with all that money floating around 43206…

  9. melikecheese
    melikecheese June 16, 2011 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm

    I also like the hint toward the Neil Young album with the name and color choices.  :)

  10. Chris@Harvest June 16, 2011 1:41 pm at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for all the positive words everyone!  We are so close to opening our doors.  Will keep you all updated as to when we will be open. 
    To stephentszuter- no bike rack yet but we do have approx 100 feet of iron fence around the patio you are welcome to lock up to.
    To melikecheese-thanks for noticing the tip of the hat to the great Neil Young.  Agreed on the sushi idea.

  11. Chris@Harvest June 16, 2011 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm

    Also any farmers out there who are interested in selling produce to Harvest please contact us at Matt@harvestpizzeria.com

  12. columbusgirl
    columbusgirl June 16, 2011 4:19 pm at 4:19 pm

    Great news – Welcome to the neighborhood !

  13. FADulous
    FADulous June 16, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm

    super excited to try this place and compare it to my columbus favorites: yellow brick, dewey’s, and mine.

  14. melikecheese
    melikecheese June 20, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am

    Oh hey, I get it, Yuma.  All pizzas names after albums? I like this place!

  15. scott413 June 20, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am

    Welcome to 4th St from your neighbors at 548!  I’m sure we’ll become acquainted rather well soon.  :o)

  16. jmathews5
    jmathews5 June 20, 2011 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm

    Great to hear!  My co worker Bryan and I live in G-ville and we’re dying for a good pizzeria in the hood.  Plus, we need more options.  Good luck!

  17. GVAL
    GVAL June 28, 2011 8:43 am at 8:43 am

    Wonderful!  Welcome to German Village!!  We will visit as son as you open. If you would like, send us an email to help promote, gv@gvartleague.com….Do you have goat cheese pizzas?

  18. brandyjordan July 1, 2011 3:59 pm at 3:59 pm

    I’m so excited to be working here.  It’s going to be fantastic.

  19. ShnWlz July 14, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am

    Has it opened yet? I have not heard any chatter…

  20. Walker Evans
    Walker July 14, 2011 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm

    According to Facebook, they’re opening tomorrow (Friday the 15th).

  21. hungrywoolf July 15, 2011 5:21 pm at 5:21 pm

    We checked it out this afternoon and we were very impressed. Good service (ordered a salad to share and they split it between two plates), very good pizza, some interesting menu items, cocktails, wine and beer and a nice patio. Nice mix of farm to table and Italian influences.
    Here are some photos:
    Alive liked it too.

  22. mbeaumont July 16, 2011 5:38 pm at 5:38 pm

    We went last night and were pretty blown away. Not only by the quality of the food (which was fantastic) but also the service. It definitely did not feel like they had only been open for 6 hours. They were a well-oiled machine. Everyone was also really friendly, from our wonderful server to Chris, who came by and spoke with us after our meal.
    We’re BIG fans immediately.

  23. hungrywoolf September 11, 2011 8:19 am at 8:19 am

    The latest WCBE Foodcast included an interview with Harvest’s owner Chris Crader.

  24. Anne Evans
    Anne October 4, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm

    menu update via their facebook:

    Put out a new fall menu today. Kept some favorites, added some new items that work well with the season. Also offering amazing Italian and roasted veggie sandwiches at lunch. 1/2 sandwich and 1/2 salad for $9 everyday at lunch!

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