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J. Gumbo’s Closes Downtown Location

Walker Evans Walker Evans J. Gumbo’s Closes Downtown Location

After seven years in business, J. Gumbo’s has closed its doors at 31 East Gay Street as of last week. The Louisville Kentucky-based franchise location was first opened by Chad McCoury in 2009, and was sold to Fred Baughman last year. Baughman told Columbus Underground several months ago that he was interested in relocating the business […]

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Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Kitchen

Hot Chicken Kitchen set up camp for its prototype on Hilliard Rome Road, just spitting distance from a KFC, Chick-Fil-A, and a BW-3. It seems as if the land of the strip mall has it all in the chicken department. Perhaps now, with a fourth poultry joint, there will be enough chicken to satisfy everyone. […]

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Lunch Review: Cafe Phenix

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Lunch Review: Cafe Phenix

First of all, it uses the French spelling. Let’s get that out of the way immediately, because the lack of “o” has potential to be distracting for grammar nerds (guilty). Cafe Phenix (without the o) set up shop Downtown on Gay street a couple of weeks ago. It offers all sorts of stuff. There’s an […]

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Restaurant Review: Schokko Art Café at CMA

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Schokko Art Café at CMA

The view from the Cameron Mitchell project inside the Columbus Museum of Art is really nice. That’s probably to be expected: certainly, an art gallery would do things right in the aesthetics department. Still, Schokko is almost breathtaking, hypnotic; braced by a wall of windows that opens to a lush lawn with a giant naked […]

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Community Grounds Plans to Open Parsons Avenue Cafe This Spring

Walker Evans Walker Evans Community Grounds Plans to Open Parsons Avenue Cafe This Spring

The project has taken a bit longer than expected, but Parsons Avenue on the South Side will finally gain a new coffee shop this year with the opening of Community Grounds. Founder Joel Cosme Jr. first told us about the concept back in August 2014, but a change in plans is shifting the cafe two […]

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Restaurant Review: Dough Mama Cafe & Bakery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Dough Mama Cafe & Bakery

Home sweet home: after earning fame and glory as an outsourced bakery for local operations, Dough Mama has come home to Clintonville and opened up its very own storefront on High Street. Just south of North Broadway, it offers much more than the pies for which Dough Mama is acclaimed. The new location is a […]

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Restaurant Review: Dos Hermanos at The North Market

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Dos Hermanos at The North Market

Fifteen years ago, the North Market was The Small Business Incubator for local projects. It provided a home for eateries (and shops) to serve customers, without the high start-up costs associated with a stand-alone, brick-and-mortar operation. Times have changed. Food trucks and pop-up events are typically the first things that come to mind, when the […]

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