Restaurant Roundup: News From Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Challah!, and more
Columbus has so many new restaurants, expansions, menu updates and other changes, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything. That’s why our Restaurant Roundup series was designed to keep you informed with the latest and greatest updates. Here’s what’s new in the local dining scene:
Preston’s & Challah!
Preston’s: A Burger Joint is now running the kitchen at Woodlands Tavern, at 1200 W. Third Ave., meaning the Challah! brand, offering Jewish deli comfort food, has come to a (temporary) end.
Owned by local restauranteurs Matt Heaggans and Catie Randazzo (founder of Challah!), Preston’s was conceptualized with the intent to scale up and multiply. The burger joint now has a permanent presence at three locations in Columbus, including Woodlands Tavern, Woodlands Backyard, at 668 Grandview Ave., and Eugene’s Canteen, at 765 N. High St. The Preston’s food truck also pops up at Seventh Son Brewing Co. on Wednesday and Sundays.
Preston’s offers a menu of “mains” and “munches” that varies by location. For munches, they offer house-made funyuns, potato skins, salt and vinegar fries, cheese curds and loaded fries. Mains include the single and double cheeseburgers, along with a variety of other hot sandwiches, wings, and a coney dog. Preston’s now also offers pudding in a range of “everchanging” flavors.
“Coming to the decision to take a break from Challah was easy—but don’t worry, it’s just a break. Challah will be back,” Randazzo said in a press release. “Thanks for the love, Columbus.”
For more information, visit prestonsburgers.com.
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
One of central Ohio’s biggest restaurant groups, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, are celebrating their 25th anniversary. To mark the day, on Oct. 5 CMR will make a $25,000 donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and distribute 500 box lunches each to Serving Our Neighbors Ministries and the Homeless Families Foundation.
CMR will also be serving hot breakfast, lunch and dinner to the LSS Faith Mission, Faith on 8th, and the YMCA Van Buren Shelter, respectively.
Since CMR was first established in 1993, the group has donated millions of dollars to charitable causes in central Ohio. Earlier this year, CMR pledged $2.5 million to Columbus State to help develop its new 80,000-square-foot Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts building, expected to open next fall.
The anniversary celebration will start early, on Sept. 30, for CMR associates, as all CMR locations will close at 8 p.m. for the company’s anniversary party.
CMR online subscribers will receive an email on Oct. 5 with a special offer, and guests who dine at any CMR restaurant on that day will get a free milkshake cookie.
“On behalf of all of us at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, thank you to our associates, investors, guests, purveyors, and our communities in which we serve, for your continued support and patronage for the past 25 years,” said Mitchell. “We look forward to serving you for many years to come.”
For more information, visit cameronmitchell.com.
On Oct. 1, FUSIAN will partner with Maine-based Luke’s Lobster to bring a new menu item using sustainably sourced lobster.
The New England inspired sushi roll is loaded with lobster, celery, and pickled fennel, then topped with mayo, parsley, and salt and vinegar “potato chip-crunch.” Available exclusively online for in-store pickup (and while supplies last), the new roll will also come with a house-made blueberry lemonade, “a tribute to Maine’s state fruit.”
“We originally met Luke while he was opening his first location in Las Vegas,” said Zach Weprin, FUSIAN co-founder and CEO, in a release. “After a few buttery lobster rolls together and a visit to Maine, it became obvious that we needed to bring these flavors to Ohio.”
Guests who order the new roll are encouraged to share reviews and photos using the hashtag #fusianxlukes.
For more information, visit fusian.com.
Fadó Pub & Kitchen
Announced earlier this year, Fadó will open its doors in Bridge Park on Oct. 1.
“Born out of Fadó Irish Pub at Easton, the vision for Fadó Pub and Kitchen is to combine the atmosphere and values of the great Dublin, Ireland, pubs with an exceptional dining environment,” says Ian Montgomery, Fadó owner and operator, in a press release. “The most important part of this new concept is hospitality and we want each visit to ensure guests have a great time and return with more stories to tell.”
With brick floor-to-ceiling walls, bronze finishes and dark wood tables, Fadó is meant to have the look and feel of an Irish pub. The 5,700 square food space offers abundant indoor seating, areas for private parties, and an outdoor dining area.
On the menu, some signature dishes include their selection of cured meats and cheeses, chicken liver pâté, a pub burger, kitchen pork chop, and a roasted half chicken. They’ll also offer a range of cocktails, beers, wines, coffees and teas.
Once open, entertainment will become a main feature at Fadó, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10 p.m.
Located at 6652 Riverside Dr. in Bridge Park West, Fadó will operate Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
For more information, visit fadopubandkitchen.com.
Blue Horseshoe Ventures, the developer behind the $2 billion Planet Oasis Resort coming to Delaware, has announced the first tenant for its new $50 million corporate headquarters building in Gahanna.
San Diego-based Havana Grill, a fast-casual restaurant offering Cuban delicacies, and Havana High, a Cuban coffee concept, will take up 4,500 square feet of space in Blue Horseshoe’s building. Construction on the building, located at 4574-4550 Hamilton Rd., will begin in December.
For more information, visit gobluehorseshoe.com.
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