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The Inn Between Restaurant Reboots Under New Management

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If I had to describe the location of The Inn Between, it would fall somewhere between “off the beaten path” and “hidden in plain sight”. Located at 30 South Young Street (a short alleyway running between 4th and 5th Streets) in the heart of Downtown Columbus, the aptly named restaurant is sandwiched in between a parking garage and a parking lot. It may be difficult to stumble upon, but it’s surprisingly close to pretty much everything Downtown, and the large windows reveal a surprisingly decent view of the Downtown skyline during your meal.

While this restaurant has been around for quite awhile, it’s in the middle of transition from new owners George and Anita Keller. The husband-and-wife team have worked in the food service industry for a number of years and were ready to finally take the plunge into restaurant ownership in 2012.

“We have always been interested in food, George on the Savory side and my emphasis is on baking,” said Anita. “My other passion is customer service, which is the essence of food service. Plus, we love to eat, at all types of restaurants and all types of cuisine.”

The couple searched throughout the city for an existing restaurant space that had potential, and found that the old Inn Between owners were looking to sell the business. They stopped by one weekend to visit, but were only able to peek inside the windows as the restaurant has no weekend hours.

“We liked what we saw and called for an appointment to take a tour,” said Anita. “I was immediately taken with the space.”

A few months later, George and Anita were owners of The Inn Between and began the slow transformational process. Lighting fixtures have been updated and the ceiling was painted black. Much of the cleanup work has been done personally by the couple to keep the restaurant running soundly on the financial side.

“After a few years of neglect, the interior needed a really good scrubbing,” explained Anita. “The floors, walls, carpeting, tables, chairs and bar stools all got a new lease on life.”

Another big update that has yet to occur is a name change. So don’t get too used to The Inn Between, because this fall it will become known as The Hungry Soul Cafe.

“With the name change will come a new, streamlined and updated menu, a more vigorous advertising campaign and longer operating hours,” said Anita. “We would eventually like to offer Sunday Brunch as well as weekly specials during the coming football season.”

In the meantime, the menu at The Inn Between has been refreshed and updated to appeal to old regulars and newcomers alike. The food is centered around homemade salads, sandwiches and large lunch/dinner platters. Additionally, Head Chef Robb Brown creates two different specials per day. The restaurant also features a full service bar with happy hour specials.

“Our hamburgers have been called the best in the city by several of our newer customers,” said Anita. “They are hand pattied fresh daily and cooked to order.”

Anita also provides all of the desserts and breakfast pastries, including Sweet Potato Pound Cake, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Pecan Caramel Rolls and more. Her enthusiasm for baking is matched only by her enthusiasm for Downtown dining.

“We are very much enjoying being part of the resurgence of Downtown Columbus and look forward to growing our business as Downtown blossoms,” she said.

More information can be found online at www.innbetweencolumbus.com.

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