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A retail bakery named C. Krueger's Finest Baked Goods is opening in the Short North this month, and its founder is a famous name in the baking business.
C. Krueger stands for Cheryl Krueger, the founder and former president and CEO of Cheryl’s Cookies. (Krueger co-founded Cheryl’s in 1981 and sold it to 1-800-Flowers.com in 2005 for approximately $40 million.) The new 2,400-square-foot boutique bakery is located at 17 E. Brickel St., formerly home to Homage and Robert Mason Co.
Krueger, who serves on Ohio State University’s Board of Trustees, has been involved with several business concepts since leaving Cheryl’s in 2009, notably working to scale Life Support Recovery Shot, an all-natural hangover cure business. Meanwhile, the retail bakery business has continued to call to the New Albany resident.
Reached by phone on Thursday, Krueger says the Short North bakery will start out serving cookies, brownies and muffins as well as coffee and seasonal gifts. The new business will look to differentiate itself from Cheryl’s, which does big business online and through QVC.
“This is a very different concept than Cheryl’s. It’s kind of like having two children. I love them both, and I’m proud of them both. Most kids have different skill sets, different talents, and I think that’s the exact same analogy here,” Krueger says. “This is a little different in that we’re going to go back to an old-fashioned bakery where the ovens are in the stores again,” she says, noting that C. Krueger’s will also have an e-commerce component.
Unique to the spot will be a milk bar, serving chocolate milk and other flavored milks to pair with its cookies. Krueger also plans to sell baked goods from several local guest bakeries, helping to both round out C. Krueger's selection and highlight emerging small businesses.
C. Krueger’s is targeting Monday, Oct. 22, for its soft opening and website launch, with a grand opening taking place on Friday, Nov. 23. Visit ckruegers.com for more information.
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Celebrates 25 Years; Hen Quarter Now Open
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants celebrates its 25th anniversary this week and announced the release date of founder Cameron Mitchell’s new book, Yes is the Answer. What is the Question? It goes on sale Nov. 13. Mitchell opened his first restaurant, Cameron’s American Bistro, in Worthington on Oct. 5, 1993. CMR will celebrate the silver anniversary on Friday, Oct. 5, with a day of philanthropy. The restaurant group plans to make a donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, provide box lunches to Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries and the Homeless Families Foundation and CMR associates will serve hot meals to local shelters throughout the day.
Hen Quarter, a Southern-inspired restaurant and bourbon bar, is now open at 6628 Riverside Drive in Bridge Park. Columbus-based Jordan Restaurant Groupis managing the Dublin location of the Washington, D.C.-based restaurant. The menu offers specialties such as deviled eggs, pork belly, catfish po’boys and fried chicken.
The Jury Room will be revived as an event space in the historic Downtown building at 22 E. Mound St. near the Franklin County Courthouse. The location’s most recent tenant, Blind Lady Tavern, closed in August. Liz Lessner’s bar, The Jury Room, occupied the space from 2010 to 2014. The new Jury Room is owned by Megan and Mark Dempsey, who also own Dempsey’s Food & Spirits around the corner. Megan says the new business will serve as space to host private dinners, receptions, meetings and other functions.
David DiCarlo, the owner of DiCarlo's Pizza, plans to open Organic DiCarlo's Pizza in Italian Village next year. Additional details were not yet available. DiCarlo's Pizza, which is famous for its Ohio Valley-style pizza, was founded in 1945 by David’s grandfather in Steubenville. DiCarlo’s now has locations around the U.S. and in Hilliard at 4142 Main St.
Franklinton’s Red Door BBQ, the Cypress Avenue carryout spot for barbecue ribs and soul food, launched a food truck last week.
After giving dinner service a try for several months, Baba’s has returned to breakfast and lunch hours. Its new hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Co-owner/chef Dan Kraus is adding a few new lunch items, including the Big Bad Wolf, a favorite sandwich from his former food truck, That Food Truck, plus ricotta fritters and smoked meats including ribs and chicken.
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