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Harvest Pizzeria Closing German Village Location

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After eight years, Harvest Pizzeria will be shuttering their original German Village location. Owner Chris Crader penned an email release today stating that the location is unable to sustain a rent increase from the building’s owner.

“We love the warmth and communal feel of our smallest restaurant, and we know the community does as well,” stated Crader. “However, the landlord’s demands for a new lease at a higher rate would not allow our little pizzeria to remain viable.”

According to the Franklin County Auditor, the building located at 495 S. Fourth St. is owned by Rosemarie Keidel. Keidel was the long time owner and operator of Juergen’s Bakery at 525 S. Fourth St., which closed in early 2018, and was replaced by El Lugar and Alpine later that year. Keidel was reached out to for comment, but no response had been provided as of the time of publishing.

The closure is the second for Harvest in 2019, following the shuttering of the Grandview Heights location in February. Harvest continues to operate four restaurants found in Clintonville, Dublin, Bexley and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati.

“We are grateful that in the time since opening the flagship Harvest Pizzeria we’ve been able to spread Harvest to a number of neighborhoods in Columbus and beyond,” stated Crader. “Due to the strength of our other restaurants, all of our German Village family will have homes in other Harvest establishments. As we were forced to close German Village, protecting our employees has been our top priority.”

The final date for Harvest in German Village is Saturday, April 27, although Crader wants to eventually serve the neighborhood again in the future.

“We hope to return to German Village if and when we find the right space,” he stated.

For more information, visit www.harvestpizzeria.com.

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