Restaurants borrowing Chipotle's assembly-line setup are nothing new, but all of the sudden there seems to be an incredible number of locally owned Chipotle-style spots opening in Columbus.
Restaurants borrowing Chipotle's assembly-line setup are nothing new, but all of the sudden there seems to be an incredible number of locally owned Chipotle-style spots opening in Columbus. First there was Piada, Chris Doody's Italian fast-casual chain with five locations and a sixth coming soon. And now we have:
// Fresh 50, a soon-to-open Asian Chipotle-style restaurant, with rice bowls, noodle bowls, salads and wraps (50 N. High St.)
// Streetfare by Lola, where favorites from the Downtown Cafe Lola are served Chipotle-style--think wraps, salads or subs filled with chicken, beef or veggies (21 E. State St.)
// Papaya Street Grill, a tropical Chipotle-style restaurant with noodle bowls, rice bowls, sandwiches and burgers (3512 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.)
// Tava, a Turkish Chipotle-style restaurant with lavash wraps, salads and bowls (4782 Morse Rd.)
// Mezze Middle'Terranean, a Greek Chipotle-style restaurant with pitas, bowls and hummus plates (5326 N. Hamilton Rd.)
Whew. I'm sure there are more, too, that I'm not aware of yet. I checked out a sneak preview of Fresh 50, pictured up top, on Friday. The Asian restaurant is located in the former Spinelli's Deli location on High Street Downtown. I arrived toward the end of their free sneak preview and a lot of the things I was hoping to try were already gone, but the menu sounds promising. For my next lunch there, I'm planning on trying the Korean-style Bulgogi steak in a sesame noodle bowl.