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Fox in the Snow Café Announced in Italian Village

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Fox in the Snow Café Announced in Italian VillageAll images / renderings via Fox in the Snow.
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It was recently announced that Fox in the Snow Café, a proposed high end bakery and third wave coffee shop, would be coming to the Short North/Italian Village area this summer. The latest java hut to join the scene is planned to open at 1031 North Fourth Street, a few doors down from St. James Tavern.

Fox in the Snow Café is named after the title of a Belle & Sebastian song, which has special significance to co-owners, Jeff Excell and Lauren Culley. Excell is a recent transplant from Brooklyn, NY, where he managed the East Coast flagship shop for Blue Bottle Coffee in Williamsburg.


Culley managed the pastry production for cafés in Brooklyn and New York City, so when the pair decided to open a shop here in Columbus, it was with the intent of pairing gourmet coffee with a full-scale baking outfit.

“Everyone in Columbus has been extremely helpful, receptive, and kind,” Excell shares about the upcoming opening. “We’re excited to add to the already established food and coffee scene here.”

The concept for new cafe was presented to the Italian Village Commission earlier this week for review, and Commission Jason Sudy said that the reaction was largely positive.

“All expressed excitement about the growing activity on the 4th Street corridor,” explained Sudy. “The changes to the building were largely seen as favorable, and the overall approach, windows and materials were all seen as a positive. The applicant indicated that they would return with more detailed plans very soon.”

Fox in the Snow Café hopes to be open mid to late summer. To follow their progress, check out www.facebook.com/jeff.excell.

All images / renderings via Fox in the Snow.




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