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New Owners Announce Plans for The Sycamore

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The new owners of German Village mainstay The Sycamore, 262 E. Sycamore St., have revealed themselves and their plans for the restaurant.

Previously under the ownership of Chris Crader and Grow Restaurants, The Sycamore was listed for sale in May, along with another eatery in the restaurant group’s portfolio, Cosecha Cocina. It was announced in mid July that The Sycamore had been purchased, but details on the buyers were mum.

Lima- and Columbus-based Good Food Restaurants have now taken ownership of The Sycamore.

“We have such respect for the work that Chris, Bethany, and the team at Grow Restaurants did,” says Good Food Restaurants Vice President and Managing Partner Tony Heaphy. “We take the responsibility to carry on Sycamore’s legacy very seriously, and we’re excited about the opportunity to write the next chapter of this Columbus landmark.”

The new owners are calling their plans for the restaurant a “respectful evolution,” maintaining a focus on locally-sourced ingredients and a strong cocktail program. However, there will be one major difference that’s good news for neighborhood. The new plan is to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering coffee, pastries and sandwiches for dine-in or carryout.

“We aim to create a place that truly serves the neighborhood, and we’ve identified a need for more than just the traditional 4 – 10 p.m. hours this restaurant has kept,” says Heaphy. “In our company and our family, we’ve seen that the best restaurants are the ones that understand what regulars really want. People come to rely on them, take comfort in them, and feel good about returning week after week.”

Other concepts in the Good Food Restaurants portfolio include Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill, Happy Daz diners and Old City Prime in downtown Lima. The group’s six Happy Daz locations are concentrated in northwest Ohio, while three of the eight Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill restaurants are in Central Ohio – in Hilliard, Plain City and Easton.

The Sycamore will be Good Food Restaurants’ first venture into a more urban concept in Columbus.

“This is an amazing chance for our family and company to bring our perspective on neighborhood dining to the heart of Columbus,” says Good Food Restaurants President John Heaphy.

John says they’ll continue to monitor the pandemic in regards to reopening, but are aiming for a late winter 2021 debut.

“We’re full steam ahead on menu development, design, and interior updates for Sycamore,” John says. “We can’t wait to bring this wonderful restaurant back to life for the neighborhood.”

For more information, visit thesycamoregv.com.

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