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The List: 10 Restaurants Closed in 2012 That We’ll Miss

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Every year we see plenty of new restaurants open in Columbus, but we also see many close their doors. Here’s a list of ten that closed up in 2012 that we’ll certainly miss:

  1. The Clarmont – Possibly the oldest restaurant to close in 2012, The Clarmont shuttered back in January after 65 years in business. The space at 684 South High Street is currently vacant and rumors have been circulating that it may soon be replaced by a new Panera store.
  2. Bakery Gingham – After five years and two locations, Bakery Gingham closed up their cupcake and dessert shops. Owner Amanda Hanna said she wanted to devote more time to her newborn son.
  3. Clever Crow – The critically acclaimed North Market pizza stall announced last month that they’d be closed there by the end of the year, but would continue to serve pizza at Circus Bar, where they originally got their start.
  4. Barrio – The Downtown Spanish-influenced tapas restaurant and bar known as Barrio closed up after four years in business. Barrio was quickly relaunched as Madrid, another Spanish-influenced tapas restaurant and bar.
  5. Urban Spirit Cafe – While not a full-service restaurant, this Near East Side cafe served as a spot for King-Lincoln residents to grab a quick bite to eat with a cup of coffee. The new Gene Walker cafe opened in its place a few months later.
  6. La Bamba – Long-time campus institution La Bamba (burritos as big as your head!) closed over the summer without much notice, inciting a wave of nostalgia among post college graduates. A Qdoba has taken its place.
  7. Hoggy’s – Locally-based barbecue chain Hoggy’s closed up all of their restaurants except for their Gahanna location, reducing their stores to just one. The Dublin store is now home to 101 Beer Kitchen, and the Grandview Heights store will soon be a Winking Lizard Tavern.
  8. Two Mad Dogs – This Powell-based hot dog and ice cream closed their doors after a year in business.
  9. Cafe Lola – This Downtown lunch spot closed after nearly five years in business, but still lives on in a smaller form in the Streetfare by Lola lunch stand in the Fifth/Third Building.
  10. Louie’s Fusion Grill – This Upper Arlington restaurant closed up early in 2012 and has since been replaced by a Yabo’s Tacos.

Which restaurant will you miss the most?

Leave us a comment below if there’s any others that we missed.

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