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Cravings Carryout Cafe Hosts Pop-Ups While Searching for New Location

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Cravings Carryout Cafe Hosts Pop-Ups While Searching for New LocationThe former Cravings Carryout Cafe location — Photo by Mollie Lyman.
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Cravings Carryout Cafe is continuing their search for a new place to call home.

The restaurant operated at 277 E. Third Avenue for almost four years. According to Cravings Carryout owner Matt Tewanger, the property manager dropped off a letter stating that their lease would not be renewed past September.

“A month ago, I was saying I can’t believe this is happening, but now it’s time for us to grow and do something else,” said Tewanger. “We’re looking forward to the future.”

In the meantime, Matt and his wife Lindsey are keeping busy. They’re currently working out of The Commissary, cooking for a series of pop-ups across town.

At North High Brewing, Cravings is doling out “hop pockets” — savory brioche infused with a mild dose of hops, filled with a variety of hot fillings like chorizo, bulgogi cheesesteak and pizza. Hot pockets, minus the hops, are additionally being served at Rehab Tavern in Franklinton, where reuben, buffalo chicken, and stromboli are offered. The flavor focus at the moment is on heartier, seasonal dishes as colder temps move in. They’re also serving three rotating flavors of their popular bronuts at Bodega on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cravings Carryout Cafe will continue to offer catering services, along with a few upcoming events at The Commissary. While losing the Italian Village location has been disheartening, the duo has received a steady amount of community backing.

“It’s new and it’s super humbling, the support we’ve gotten is incredible. Columbus is a really cool crowd,” said Tewanger. “The people we’ve met through this process have changed my perspective about everything – they’ve shown so much care.”

For more information, visit www.cravingscarryoutcafe.com.

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