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  • #418498
    Steve
    Steve
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    mbeaumont said:
    Drove by today and saw it. LOVE the sign.

    +1

    The sign is amazing.

    #418499

    News
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    Cameron Mitchell Ready to Unveil The Pearl
    Published on January 22, 2013 11:00 am
    By: Walker

    Cameron Mitchell is a name synonymous with restaurants in Columbus. Over the past twenty years, this restaurateur has successfully opened nearly 70 restaurants across eight states, including over a dozen here in Columbus that include popular destinations such as Cap City Fine Diner, Marcella’s Ristorante, M, and Martini Modern Italian.

    After spending the past five years growing existing concepts into new markets across the US, Cameron is ready to unveil his first new concept in a half decade: The Pearl. Opening on February 5th, The Pearl is a cozy urban gastropub featuring high quality food in a laid-back atmosphere.

    We had the opportunity to sit down with Cameron recently for an in-depth interview, where we talked about his early days in the business, how he achieved his life-long career goals, and why he thinks The Short North is the best location in Columbus for launching his latest restaurant venture.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/cameron-mitchell-ready-to-unveil-the-pearl

    #418500

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    Cameron Mitchell on what he’s learned after 20 years in the restaurant biz
    EXPERT PERSPECTIVE — BY MELANIE MCINTYRE
    JANUARY 22, 2013 AT 11:45 AM

    In the last 20 years, Cameron Mitchell has opened nearly 70 restaurants in eight states.

    The Upper Arlington native has more than a dozen restaurants in Central Ohio alone, including Marcella’s Ristorante, M, and Martini Modern Italian. Next month, he will unveil his first new concept in five years: The Pearl, an urban gastropub complete with a raw bar.

    So what better time to sit down with the restaurateur and talk about what he’s learned after decades in the hospitality industry. In our interview with Mitchell, he talks about the challenges he’s faced, why he doesn’t pay bonuses, and how he starts his day.

    READ MORE: http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/cameron-mitchell-on-what-hes-learned-after-20-years-in-the-restaurant-biz/

    #418501

    surber17
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    I looked in yesterday … good lord this place looks great. I’m making my prediction that this will be the big restaurant to go to in 2013.

    #418502

    News
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    The Pearl’s Gastropub Menu Features Fried Cheese Curds, Rollmops and More
    Published on February 1, 2013 7:00 am
    By: Walker

    Over the last few months we’ve been hearing a lot about The Pearl, the newest restaurant concept from Cameron Mitchell. We know it will feature an oyster bar, and that the exterior signage looks pretty amazing, but we haven’t heard too much about the actual menu itself and what kind of dishes we can expect from this new Short North dining establishment.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/the-pearls-gastropub-menu-features-fried-cheese-curds-rollmops-and-more

    #418503

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    First Look: The Pearl
    Published on February 1, 2013 7:00 am
    By: Walker

    Hotly anticipated Cameron Mitchell restaurant The Pearl will officially open its doors at 641 North High Street next Tuesday, February 5th. In the final days leading up to the grand opening, the restaurant is hosting regular private events so that staff can work through any last minute kinks.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-the-pearl

    #418504

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    Press Release:
    The Pearl by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Now Open in Columbus, Ohio

    Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) is thrilled to announce The Pearl restaurant, tavern and oyster room opens today, Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Ohio. Under the leadership of executive chef Peter Chapman and general manager Amberlyn Heiney, The Pearl is the first new concept from CMR in five years and serves a chef-driven menu comprised of local and organic comfort ingredients. Inspired by years of travel to the country’s best cafes, corner taverns, neighborhood bistros, seaside shacks and roadside joints, The Pearl is an upscale gastropub offering a unique dining experience for Columbus locals and visitors alike.

    “I am very excited about this new concept. I really enjoy the creation of something new, and there’s a lot to be said about the focus that is crafted for just one brand,” said restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. “Part of our company culture is to be better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we were today, and I know our guests will see those values come to life at The Pearl.”

    A culinary jewel, The Pearl showcases made-from-scratch food, classically inspired cocktails and an exclusive selection of ales, lagers and stouts served in an artisan-style tavern space. The menu blends American and European influences beginning with snacks of crispy cheese curds, pots-o-pickles, tavern fries and old-fashioned deviled eggs. Embracing culinary traditions of the gastropub, The Pearl’s starters include creamy clam chowder with chorizo dust and oyster crackers; pork belly bao buns with hoisin BBQ and sesame oil; chicken wing confit featuring B’s hot sauce and Maytag blue cheese dip; house-smoked salmon topped with poached egg, brioche and scallion tartar sauce; hamachi crudo with roasted garlic horseradish puree, white soy vinaigrette and pop rocks; and a hand-cranked sausage sampler complete with sour-braised cabbage and mustard seed. Chef Chapman, who has been a CMR chef since 2004, creates original entrées ranging from Southern fried chicken served with a cinnamon sticky bun and cider-braised greens, his take on the chicken + waffles staple of the South, and hanger steak with marinated pineapple, Kimchee fried rice and fried egg to Arctic char with roasted cauliflower, aged balsamic vinegar and cauliflower puree and a pork trio with mustard-rubbed pork chop, smoked kielbasa and braised pork belly. Savory ricotta dumplings with acorn squash, toasted walnuts, crispy kale and Crimini mushrooms; Cuban pork confit served with sweet garlic pickles, smoked gouda, mustard and black bean stew; and the daily catch of the season’s freshest seafood round out the menu for the ultimate gastropub experience.

    Enhancing the menu, The Pearl also treats guests to an extensive selection of cold and hot oyster preparations such as oysters and clams on the half shells, dressed colossal blue crab, peel & eat Gulf shrimp, parmesan baked clams and gulf shrimp boil. Guests are encouraged to save room for dessert and indulge in The Pearl’s selection of fresh, seasonal pies, made in house daily. An additional menu is available for “small gems” aged 12 and younger including cheddar and gouda crispy grilled cheese with tomato soup, stuffed mac & cheese with broccoli and cheddar cream sauce, bacon cheeseburger and fish & chips. Cheers to the little ones with a special “kid’s punch” mix of fresh juices.

    Special attention is given to the beverage program at The Pearl, as each server and bar chef is a Certified Cicerone® who has completed the second level of the Cicerone Certification Program, a first for any restaurant in the city. Through this training, each associate has developed a keen level of understanding and expertise in selecting, acquiring and serving the diverse range of beers that have been introduced to the culinary scene during recent years. The restaurant showcases a broad selection of draught beers including Scrimshaw Pilsner, Brass Knuckle and Lagunitas IPA as well as more than 40 offerings by the bottle. In addition to an extensive collection of wine bottles and pours by the glass, the tavern also offers the classics Ramos gin fizz and Moscow mule. Bar chefs handcraft house specialties including a barrel-aged margarita with Herradura blanco tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime juice and the citrus punch blend of Ketel One Citroen vodka, Absinthe, Lillet Blanc, fresh orange and lemon juices and blueberry bitters.

    “Great food is really our form of entertainment in Columbus, so you have to continue to strive and push yourself to do better and to accept change because the culinary scene is constantly changing around us”, said Mitchell. “The Pearl brings to the table some new ideas and unique twists on food and beverage that people haven’t seen yet in this city. We’re very serious about the restaurant, but it isn’t a serious restaurant; it’s a place where you can go and have fun and try new beers and cocktails.”

    The Pearl’s vintage design and early-20th-century-influenced architecture create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. Exposed white brick, original hardwood floors, oversized iron beams, mirrors and windows that open to bustling High Street complete the urban ambiance. The ideal gathering spot, the tavern’s happy hour features half-priced snacks and draughts along with $1 brown bag beers Monday through Friday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m.

    The Pearl is located at 641 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215 in the Short North Arts District. The restaurant opens nightly at 4 p.m. and will open for weekend brunch at 10 a.m. beginning Saturday, March 9. For more information, visit The Pearl online at http://www.ThePearlColumbus.com or call 614.227.0151.

    #418505

    bjones7
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    #418506
    Snarf
    Snarf
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    Had an incredible experience here last night. Everything from the food, service, style, etc. was totally phenomenal.

    Easily the best new restaurant in Columbus. Get there!

    #418507

    surber17
    Participant

    Nice! I was hoping someone would go soon ….. and if Snarf is saying it was good with zero sarcasm, my bet is it was pretty freakin good

    #418508
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    We went for Valentine’s dinner last night too. Good food (Anne had the beet salad and fish & chips, I had three oysters and the fried chicken and greens), good service, great ambiance and decor.

    It’s only February, but I do think it’s a strong contendor for Best New Restaurant in our annual reader survey at the end of the year. ;)

    #418509

    surber17
    Participant

    @Walker …how was the fried chicken? I’ve been craving some great fried chicken

    #418510
    Snarf
    Snarf
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    Walker said:
    We went for Valentine’s dinner last night too. Good food (Anne had the beet salad and fish & chips, I had three oysters and the fried chicken and greens), good service, great ambiance and decor.

    It’s only February, but I do think it’s a strong contendor for Best New Restaurant in our annual reader survey at the end of the year. ;)

    Nice! We did the pork trio, the jalapeño corn spoon bread and a few oysters and clams. It’s got my vote for sure.

    Cool to see the new bar at Lemongrass next door, just what that place needed. It was packed too!

    #418511
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    I didn’t make it last night, but have been once and enjoyed the beet salad and fried chicken. Both were awfully good. The fried chicken comes with what I would describe as a high class Cinnabon, as well as greens. I have been craving the dish since.

    Very excited to hear about Lemongrass’ new bar. Where exactly is it situated, Snarf, or is it just an extension/improvement of the bar that was already at the entrance?

    #418512
    Snarf
    Snarf
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    MichaelC said:
    I didn’t make it last night, but have been once and enjoyed the beet salad and fried chicken. Both were awfully good. The fried chicken comes with what I would describe as a high class Cinnabon, as well as greens. I have been craving the dish since.

    Very excited to hear about Lemongrass’ new bar. Where exactly is it situated, Snarf, or is it just an extension/improvement of the bar that was already at the entrance?

    When previously walking in you would have the short bar immediately on your right, well now you walk in and it’s right in front and then continues on in a big L-shape with the spiral staircase/stairwell behind the huge new L-shaped bar. They just got the granite installed and I guess theres new coolers etc coming soon and also they plan to move the entrance to the corner door with a small host stand there.

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