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Local Restaurant The Table Looking for New Ownership

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Restaurant The Table Looking for New OwnershipThe Table — photo by Mollie Lyman.
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After nearly seven years in business, the owners of The Table are looking to hand over the reins to new ownership. Jen Marlatt and Sangeeta Lakhani have kept the restaurant closed during the coronavirus pandemic and will officially list the business for sale as a turn-key operation on Monday.

“When we opened the Table in 2013 we hoped to create a community of people — farmers, chefs, staff, customers and other local restaurants — inspired by world flavors and committed to supporting independent sustainable growers and producers,” stated Marlatt. “We are proud of what we have accomplished, and are grateful to the family we’ve created along the way and the vibrant community that has grown with us.”

The restaurant, located at 21 East Fifth Avenue in the Short North, originally launched with a focus on on charcuterie, but came to be known for its brunches, tapas, cocktails and more. It was named one of CU’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2013 and made regular appearances in our annual Top 25 Best Restaurants lists.

“The Table has an interesting vibe to it — with a collection of mismatched tables and chairs and a big open cooking space for the culinary staff, it really does achieve that experience of eating in somebody’s kitchen somewhere,” stated CU Food Critic Miriam Bowers Abbott in her 2013 review. “It’s not just like home, though. The Table is a bit too artisanal for that. It’s like sitting in some chic stranger’s kitchen, and trying lots of interesting things.”

Marlatt and Lakhani made the decision to remain closed as a safety precaution, even though the State of Ohio allowed patio service to resume on May 15 and dine-in service on May 21. In the meantime, Lakhani has kept herself busy with Service!, a relief effort for hospitality workers.

“We know that when it is safe to reopen, The Table will be ready for its new chapter,” stated Marlatt. “Therefore, we have chosen to offer the restaurant for sale as a turn-key operation — with a committed passionate staff at the ready — for the next dreamer and doer.”

For more information, visit www.thetablecolumbus.com.

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