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3 Restaurant Closures for Short North & Downtown

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A new year, a new round of closures for the Columbus dining scene. Two Short North spots and one Downtown eatery have recently closed their doors.

Laughlin’s Bakery

After just over five years, Laughlin’s Bakery at 15 E. Second Ave. in the Short North has ended its run. Posts on social media and the company’s website announced immediate and permanent closure of the bakery.

“The unexpectedly slow Christmas season and nearly three years of not-great sales have led me to a point where I just can’t keep the shop afloat,” the post said.

The last three years have brought major changes to the Short North, including ongoing streetscape improvements, which have now moved to the north end of the neighborhood. The Christmas 2019 season was also the first in which the new Short North parking plan was in effect.

The post also thanked the bakery’s supporters.

“I hope you all will know that I did my best, in every way possible, and that I fought with everything in me to give you the best bakery I could,” said Owner Jonas Laughlin. “I am mourning this alongside you, and I feel very deeply the hurt this brings to my co-workers and my community.”

For more information, visit laughlinsbakery.com.

Eugene’s Canteen

Eugene’s Canteen is saying goodbye to 765 N. High St. in the Short North. While December 31, 2019 was the last day for the bar, the space won’t be empty for long.

“Our time at 765 North High Street is not over, only evolving and with a new Management Team,” a post on the company’s website said. “As of the new year, Justin will be stepping down as CEO and from day-to-day operations.”

Former Owner Justin Boehme opened the bar in May of 2018. It’s the second time the space will see an evolution of concept. The spot had an eight-year run as Cajun eatery Da Levee before closing up shop to become Eugene’s.

For more information, visit eugenescanteen.com.

Tio’s Tacos and Tequila

Downtown eatery Tio’s Tacos and Tequila quietly closed its doors late last year.

No public posts have been made about the closure. The restaurant’s website is still active, as well as its Facebook Page, although no posts have been made since October 31, 2019, but a Public Notice by order of the Tax Commissioner is posted on the location’s door.

The notice reads that the business is prohibited from making sales at 201 S. High St. on or after November 4, 2019.

Tio’s opened Downtown in May 2018.

For more information, visit tiostacostequila.com.

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