Owner of Butcher & Grocer, La Tavola to Open New Grandview Restaurant
The brains behind The Butcher & Grocer and La Tavola are coming together for a new restaurant in Grandview Heights.
The Old Spot, named after an historic Gloucestershire Old Spots pig breed, will open inside the former Harvest Pizzeria at 1099 W. First Ave. It’ll be owned and operated by Tony Tanner, owner of The Butcher & Grocer, in partnership with Rick and Krista Lopez of La Tavola and Lupo on Arlington, and Matt Evans, an investor in The Butcher & Grocer and Harvest.
“When Tony approached us about the idea of working together, Krista and I were thrilled,” Lopez said in a press release. “The combination of our approach to restaurant operations and having the best meat in Columbus prominently featured on the menu is a can’t lose for Grandview. It’s a little crazy having three restaurants on what is essentially the same street, but the concepts are all different and they will all stand on their own.”
Tanner said the partnership with the Lopezes grew naturally out of the customer-provider relationship he’d already established with them, as both La Tavola and Lupo currently source their meat from The Butcher & Grocer.
“Rick and Krista are perfect partners for us,” Tanner said. “They were one of our first wholesale accounts and their commitment to sourcing local meat makes them a leader in the community. We can’t wait to get the doors open for a new exciting experience.”
While the full concept and menu have yet to be fully fleshed out, renovations have begun on the restaurant’s interior. More details about the Old Spot will come out in the next few weeks.
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