Cray Eatery & Drinkery Coming to Wonder Bread Building in Italian Village
If you’ve lived or worked anywhere near Downtown Columbus, then you’re probably familiar with the iconic Wonder Bread Building. Located at 697 North Fourth Street in Italian Village, the bakery ceased operations in 2009 and stood vacant until developer Kevin Lykens converted most of the 70,000 square-feet space into the new Wonder Bread Lofts.
There’s 2,500 square feet left over though, and it’s been reserved for the new Cray Eatery & Drinkery. Crystal Park is the driving force behind this venture, and after eating her way through many cities and countries, she’s ready to share all that’s inspired her in the course of her travels.
The menu at Cray will be fairly straightforward: gourmet slider sandwiches will be the order of the day. Park has teamed with Catie Randazzo of wildly popular Challah Food Truck to assist with the menu, which promises to carry everything from beef to turkey to dessert sliders, as well as creative considerations for vegetarians and vegans as well.
The average slider will cost between $3 and $4.50, and will available for dinner hours seven-days-a-week as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch. In addition, Cray will also serve sides and salads ranging from $3 to $7, making it easy and affordable to create the ideal meal.
On the bar side of operations, Cray will feature several house-infused liquors alongside mainstay beers and wines. The restaurant will occupy the south end of the old factory and will seat 75 to 80 people. The space will maintain its original brick walls, concrete flooring and industrial feel. There are also already talks about potentially adding a sidewalk patio in the Spring.
For now, Park and her team are working tirelessly to convert a cold empty warehouse room into a space that feels warm and inviting.
“It always has been a dream of mine to open a place for people to come and visit, socialize, relax, and just be able to be themselves,” says Park. “I chose the Wonderbread factory because everyone knows the location and where to find it. I have had inspirations from all over the world that I would like to share here in Columbus.”
Cray Eatery & Drinkery is set to open in February 2014. To follow their progress, visit www.facebook.com/comegetcray.
Photo by Walker Evans.