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John Skaggs Opening Heirloom Café at The Wexner Center

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Over the past year, the Wexner Center Café has been through a few rounds of musical chairs. Cameron Mitchell closed his “Cams on Campus” cafe there in August of 2010. Taste of Belgium opened a cafe in the space last October, which only lasted seven months and closed in April. Taste’s manager R.J. White followed that up with Abbondanza which had an even shorter four month run and closed at the end of July.

Heirloom is the newest iteration, which will be opening on Monday, September 12th at the hands of husaband-and-wife duo John and Kimberly Skaggs, who have a long history in the culinary community with involvement at L’Antibes, Northstar Café and Two Caterers.

“This is truly a heartfelt effort, and we’re thrilled to be embarking on this new adventure,” says Chef John Skaggs. “We plan to source ingredients locally and seasonally as much as possible, using small Ohio farms and heirloom vegetables to produce flavorful, and affordable, meals.”

The new café concept will focus on local and seasonal ingredients and will offer breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches, bakes goods and coffee from Stauf’s. Prices will range from $3 to $13.

Heirloom will be open from 8am to 4pm on weekdays. More info can be found at wexarts.org/info/cafe.

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  • it does sound good. hopefully they can make it work!

  • hivner1

    Best of luck to him. In my opinion, the issue has never been the renters of the space but the space itself. It’s surprisingly bleak and the Wex wont allow any occupants (at least so far) to alter anything about the space. Not to mention it’s in the basement. I’ll keep going there but I’m skeptical of its future, unless Chef Skaggs can use his clout to influence the powers-that-be of the Wex to give him a little more wiggle room.

  • Great to hear about this. Hope it thrives! Sounds like a nice addition on campus.

  • econJoe

    What’s funny is that every time I’ve eaten there–regardless of the tenant–the food has been pretty good.  I’ll give this one a try too.

  • rdysetdisco

    i’m so excited there will be a place to get decent coffee on campus again.  but does this mean a coffee will cost $3?

  • Bear

    Very impressed. The little things make a big difference. Bread made in-house on the sandwiches is really outstanding, and the dressing on the salad brings the whole thing to life. I’m very happy Chef John is at the helm.

  • Note: “The Wex’s Heirloom café resume its regular weekday schedule, 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. The café features local, seasonal, and sustainably grown foods that satiate the appetites of vegetarians and omnivores alike (with many ingredients straight from the Wexner Center Chef’s Garden). And the news gets better: beginning September 22, in conjunction with the opening of our fall exhibition, Annie Leibovitz, Heirloom will extend its hours and its days of operation to also include two evenings and also weekends (Thursdays and Fridays, it will remain open until 8 pm, on weekends, it will be open 11 am to 5 pm).”

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