Acre: Farm-to-Table To-Go Opening in Old North Columbus
Fresh, tasty locally-sourced food you can have the conveniency of taking home without breaking the bank is an ideal that Todd Mills, owner of Acre: Farm-to-Table To-Go, aims to make a reality.
Mills made the move from California to Columbus a few years ago, working for food-based non-profit Local Matters. After earning his MBA from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, he brainstormed a business model alongside classmates that would make healthy local food accessible to a wide range of income levels. After talking to farmers, foodie friends, and local chefs, plans for Acre began to take form in the summer of 2012.
Acre’s new location at 2700 North High Street, former site of Graffiti Burger and Talita’s Mexican Kitchen, will open at the end of this week. Sullivan Builders has renovated the interior for a sleek, modern look. High ceilings vault over freshly varnished tables, which can seat up to 40 people. A wall display of glass jugs filled with Acre’s in-house soda syrup from Champaign Berry Farm flanks the counter.
Acre’s menus will last six to eight weeks at a time, and emphasize showcasing in-season local foods and ingredients. Bluescreek Farm Meats, Lucky Cat Bakery, Snowville Creamery, and Cafe Brioso are just a handful of the local places Mills sources for ingredients.
All dishes are under $10, weaving together affordability and quality ingredients. Bowls, wraps, salads, and tacos are served with chicken, pork and tofu, with plentiful sauce and topping options, including mole, Bangkok peanut sauce, roasted peppers, and avocado cream. The kids menu is mostly smaller versions of the healthy adult meals, with no fries in sight. Fresh fruit smoothies are available, as are snacks like sweet and salty popcorn, which includes honey, orange, and lavender.
The drive-thru window in the back is expected to open in three to six weeks, sometime in December. Hours will be Monday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
For more information, visit www.acretogo.com.
Restaurant photos by Walker Evans. Food photos by Catherine Murray of Photo Kitchen.