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J. Gumbo’s Closes Downtown Location

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After seven years in business, J. Gumbo’s has closed its doors at 31 East Gay Street as of last week. The Louisville Kentucky-based franchise location was first opened by Chad McCoury in 2009, and was sold to Fred Baughman last year. Baughman told Columbus Underground several months ago that he was interested in relocating the business elsewhere in the area.

“Our plan to move to the Nosh location did not pan out for various reasons,” explained Baughman. “My wife Heather and I looked at other locations, including the old Chet’s Jewelers spot… but we ultimately decided to cease operations early enough to be out of 31 East Gay Streeet before our August 31 lease expiration.”

Baughman said that he had been planning to “return to the corporate world” and transition out of the restaurant business. He operated another J. Gumbo’s franchise in Baltimore, Ohio, which he closed earlier this year.

“We are working with an auctioneer to sell the furniture and equipment,” added Baughman. “So, the days of J. Gumbo’s Downtown have come to an end.”

J. Gumbo’s is just one of the latest in a string of restaurant closures in the Gay Street area. The Zen Cha Tea Salon, Nosh Columbus and Custom Chef have all closed within the past several months, despite the fact that new office, retail and residential development is coming soon to the area.

Only two J. Gumbo’s locations remain in Central Ohio, one in Gahanna and one in Delaware.

For more information, visit www.jgumbos.com.

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