G. Michael’s Announces Immediate Closure
After 23 years, German Village fine dining staple G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar has closed its doors, effective immediately.
The closure is financially-motivated.
“Unfortunately, we have come to the decision we are going to close the restaurant,” a social media post announcing the closure read. “We were unable to come to terms with the building owners on a new lease that would ensure our continued success. While we are very sad about our closing, we also know that we are so lucky to have had so many great nights with you.”
According to the Franklin County Auditor’s website, the building at 595 S. Third St. is owned by Mohawk Properties LLC and was purchased for $783,075 in April 2011. However, the building, which includes office space on the second floor, is currently listed for sale for $1.96 million.
The post thanked the many staff that had helped to build the restaurant experience over the years. G. Michael’s was co-owned by Chef David Tetzloff and General Manager Jeff Benson.
“Although we are closing, we do not view it as a failure,” the post continued. “We are lucky to be going out on our terms, successfully. The future of the industry is cloudy, and the costs are getting more challenging. At the end of our time, the decision is purely financial as it pertains to our lease. After all the wonderful years and so many fond memories, there is no way to think of our years in German Village as anything but a success.”
G. Michael’s was consistently ranked on Columbus Underground’s annual list of Best Restaurants in Columbus.
For more information, visit gmichaelsbistroandbar.com.