Salt & Pine, the ambitious Downtown restaurant operated by Chris Crader's Grow Restaurants group, will serve its last meal Saturday, Feb. 18.

Salt & Pine, the ambitious Downtown restaurant operated by Chris Crader’s Grow Restaurants group, will serve its last meal Saturday, Feb. 18. Crader confirmed the decision via email Tuesday.

“The decision, while not an easy one, was the right thing for Grow Restaurants,” Crader wrote. “With the opening of Cosecha and expansion of Harvest Pizzeria into new cities like Cincinnati and Asheville, North Carolina, we needed all hands on deck. I am very proud of the work that we did at Salt & Pine and even more proud to be part of such a great food scene that we have in Columbus. Due to the timing, not one employee is being laid off or terminated. We found homes for everyone. That was one of my biggest concerns. We truly appreciate each and every one of you who helped make the short 1.5 years a memorable one.”

After successes with Harvest Pizzeria and The Sycamore, Crader opened the handsome 7,000-square-foot restaurant in November 2015 in the new mixed-use building at 250 S. High St. Crader tapped chef Andrew Smith (formerly of The Rossi) to oversee Salt & Pine’s eclectic and seasonal menu, which featured a mix of shareable plates, large entrees and sushi. Salt & Pine was named one of Columbus Monthly’s best new restaurants in February 2016, and chef Smith left the restaurant a few months later. (He’s now at Rockmill Tavern.) Crader recently opened a Harvest Pizzeria in Dublin and is set to open Cosecha Cocina, a Mexican concept in Italian Village, by March.

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