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Double Comfort Replaces Knead Urban Diner

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There’s a fried chicken revival happening in Columbus. With the recent opening of Hot Chicken Takeover, and the newly-revamped, chicken-heavy menu at Bodega, it seems fried chicken is the new menu item du jour.

So, it’s only fitting that Double Comfort opened this summer. The 90-seat restaurant (70 seats inside, 20 on the patio) launched this past weekend at 505 North High Street, across from the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the former site of Knead Urban Diner.

The menu features primarily Memphis-style fried chicken, which is a touch spicier than the fried chicken offered at most other joints. Diners can order their favorite pieces of bird as meals, sandwiches, or with waffles or biscuits as part of a weekend breakfast menu.

Double Comfort also serves Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Salads with seasonal greens from Sippel Family Farm, and Homestyle Bacon Cornbread. There will be daily Blue Plate Specials, like Red Beans & Rice with Andouille, a traditional Monday Blue Plate.

At weekend breakfast service, guests will be able to order Ham & Cheese Biscuits, Quiche, and Eggs Sardou, in addition to the Fried Chicken Biscuits and Chicken & Waffles hinted at earlier.

Menu items cost around $10-$15, and there are daily lunch specials and happy hour deals. Double Comfort also stocks a full bar featuring Ohio brews from Jackie O’s, Seventh Son, and Four String Brewing, among others, and Bloody Marys and Mimosas on the weekend.

What truly distinguishes Double Comfort from other fried chicken joints around the city though, is their commitment to the food pantries in Columbus. Double Comfort is a social enterprise as well as for-profit eatery, regularly donating proceeds to a local pantry in need.

The goal is to provide a meal for every meal sold at the restaurant. Every six months, Mary Lyski, owner of Double Comfort, will cut a check for one of the food pantries that have submitted a grant application to help offset their costs in feeding the hungry.

“Columbus, in general, needs some more Southern food places, and we’re going to fill that need,” shares Lyski. “Double Comfort is so-called because it has a double mission: the first, and primary, to serve the best fried chicken you’ve ever had. The second is to help the needy in our community.”

Double Comfort serves lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, with closing hours tentatively set at 11pm. There is breakfast service on Saturdays and Sundays as well. Double Comfort is available for private parties on Mondays.

For more on Double Comfort, or to fill out a grant application, visit www.doublecomfortrestaurant.com.

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