Food News: The Table in the Short North is for sale; Rye River Social nears debut

Erin Edwards
Sangeeta Lakhani at The Table

The farm-to-table restaurant owned by Sangeeta Lakhani and Jen Marlatt, The Table, is for sale. The owners announced the decision over the weekend. In a statement sent to Alive, the owners wrote: “While, like many businesses, we have chosen to keep our staff and customers safe by remaining closed, we know that when it is safe to reopen, The Table will be ready for its new chapter. Therefore, we have chosen to offer the restaurant for sale as a turn-key operation — with a committed passionate staff at the ready — to the next dreamer and doer.” The Table opened in 2013 at 21 E. Fifth Ave. in the Short North and quickly became known for its use of locally sourced ingredients and house-made charcuterie (before charcuterie boards became ubiquitous). Since closing the restaurant indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, Lakhani has co-founded Service!, a relief organization that aims to support displaced hospitality industry workers.

Rye River Social, which was preparing to open at 955 W. Fifth Ave. when the COVID-19 outbreak hit, plans to make its debut on Monday, June 1. The new gastropub is the handiwork of The Pint Room Group, owners of The Pint Room and The Half Pint. From June 1-6, Rye River will offer coffee and pastries either to-go or on the patio from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will add dinner service on Monday, June 8.

Patios were allowed to reopen on Friday, and (in case you somehow missed it) Standard Hall stood out as an example of what not to do, even earning an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper”. The Short North bar came under fire after video and photos posted on social media showed large crowds gathering on the patio and waiting in line to get in, sans masks. Its owner, Chris Corso of Corso Ventures, told the Dispatch the bar was being unfairly targeted, adding that he disagrees with Gov. Mike DeWine’s approach to reopening, saying: “I think their ideas may be useful for a traditional restaurant. But we’re more about the social experience.” Corso also owns Goody Boy, Forno Kitchen + Bar, Short North Food Hall, Short North Pint House and Urban Meyer’s Pint House. Meanwhile, Park Street Cantina was issued a citation this weekend by the Ohio Investigative Unit for failing to follow social distancing guidelines.