The Butcher & Grocer will partner with La Tavola's Rick and Krista Lopez on a new concept.
The newest spot in Grandview will soon be The Old Spot.
Tony Tanner, owner of The Butcher & Grocer (1089 W. First Ave.), announced today that he is partnering with longtime Columbus restaurateurs Rick and Krista Lopez on a new restaurant called The Old Spot at 1099 W. First Ave., the space recently vacated by Harvest Tavern & Pizzeria in Grandview. The trio is forming a new ownership group along with Matt Evans, an investor in The Butcher & Grocer.
The Old Spot’s menu is still under development, but it will make use of the Grandview butcher shop’s carefully sourced proteins. Tanner’s shop already provides meats to the couple’s two other restaurants, La Tavola and Lupo.
“Rick and Krista are perfect partners for us,” Tanner said in an announcement. “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.”
The space’s flooring will need to be replaced, but the bar will stay, and minimal aesthetic changes will be made beyond paint and signage.
The Harvest concept, a collaboration between Grow Restaurants and The Butcher & Grocer, closed in late February after less than a year. At the time, Grow Restaurants’ owner Chris Crader told Columbus Underground that the building wasn’t big enough to pull off both a pizzeria and a butcher-driven tavern. City health department records also show the tavern had received three critical and 15 non-critical violations during a Jan. 24 inspection. It’s uncertain whether the inspection played into the decision to shutter Harvest.
The Old Spot is named after a rare breed of pig, the Gloucestershire Old Spots breed.