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Cravings Cafe Relocating Downtown

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After losing their location in Italian Village back in September, Cravings Carryout Cafe has been without a permanent home. While the company has focused their public efforts on hosting pop-up events over the past month, they’ve been working behind the scenes on reopening in a new location Downtown at 114 North Front Street.

“We are currently getting ready to build out the old Saigon Palace space for Cravings Cafe,” confirmed developer Brad DeHays in mid-September via email, whose company is working to rehab the group of buildings on the corner of Long and Front Streets where the restaurant would be housed. “I feel they will be a great lunch addition to provide to the city employees located in the immediate vicinity.”

Cravings Co-Owner Lindsey Tewanger was initially hesitant about entering the Downtown market, but feels confident in the future of the area.

“When Matt and I found out that we had to find a new space for Cravings, our initial reaction was to stick with what was comfortable — originally looking into neighborhoods such as Clintonville, Olde Towne East, Grandview and Upper Arlington — but didn’t stumble upon anything that would really work for us that was within our budget,” she explained. “We were introduced to Brad unexpectedly, and after spending an hour or so in his office talking about the development Downtown, we truly saw that potential. Being a breakfast/lunch spot already, it just seemed like a natural progression for us — we want to be a part of the Downtown vibe.”

The menu at Cravings is expected to remain similar to what could be found in the old location. That includes their house-baked breads and slow roasted meats.

“We plan on extending our breakfast menu, with possibly more pastries including Bronuts every day,” added Tewanger. “For lunch, we will probably add a couple salads as well as offering a couple soups every day.”

There is currently no opening date announced for the new 1,200 square foot location, but the plan is to be open Monday through Saturday from 7am to around 4 or 5pm.

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