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Old North’s Baba’s Closes its Doors

Susan Post Susan Post Old North’s Baba’s Closes its Doors
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Baba’s has made the decision to close its doors at 2515 Summit St. in Old North Columbus.

Owners Dan and Caroline Kraus kept things mobile with various food trucks before settling into Baba’s permanent brick-and-mortar in November 2016. The restaurant was known for its hefty breakfast sandwiches built on house griddle muffins.

On the restaurant’s website, the couple detailed their experience during the coronavirus pandemic, from the initial dine-in shut down order on March 15, to their decision to close their doors permanently.

Initially, Baba’s offered carryout and delivery, but took their last order on March 22. The next month would see family members be diagnosed with and pass away from the coronavirus.

Navigating the evolving environment and trying to find a way to make things work, Baba’s made the call to wind things down following the extensive guidelines issued by the state under which restaruants could bring back dine-in guests. A post from the week of May 18 read:

“With exhausted eyes and a back that has given out, we took a long draw from a joint, and exhaled knowing our shop was dead. 

“We Cry. We fucking sob for the plans we had for Baba’s. For the 6 years we spent in that space. We think of all of you and your kids and your pets and your smiles and hugs and gifts and ride or die support. We cry for all of it.”

The couple say in the posts they need time to figure out their next move.

“We realize what a gem we had and we want you and our family to remember her as she was. She went out with record sales weekend, after weekend. Full of friendly faces waiting for that Thunderkiss Coffee and a Breakfast sandwich.”

For more information, visit babascolumbus.com.

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