Food News: G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar, a German Village landmark, closes after 23 years

Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Erin Edwards
G. Michael's Bistro & Bar has closed in German Village, effective immediately.

News

In a note to employees and customers, the owners of G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar (595 S. Third St.) announced today on Facebook that the restaurant has closed after 23 years, effective immediately. The reason given was an inability to "come to terms with the building owners on a new lease that would ensure our continued success.” (Calls to the restaurant went unanswered.)

In the announcement, chef/co-owner David Tetzloff and his business partner, Jeff Benson, wrote: “Although we are closing, we do not view it as a failure. We are lucky to be going out on our terms successfully. The future of the industry is cloudy, and the costs are getting more challenging. At the end of our time, the decision is purely financial as it pertains to our lease. After all the wonderful years and so many fond memories, there is no way to think of our years in German Village as anything but a success.” 

G. Michael’s, often referred to as G. Mike’s, emphasized local, seasonal ingredients on a menu that showcased low country cooking. For several years running, G. Michael's landed on 10 Best Restaurants lists published by Columbus Monthly and Columbus Crave. The handsome brick restaurant was well known for its shrimp-and-grits, long considered the best in town.  

Openings & Announcements 

Budd Dairy Food Hall has added a new rotating dessert kitchen to the mix called Sugar. The pop-up fills the space that Stauf’s Coffee Roasters recently vacated. The first partner to operate out of Sugar will be Mrs. Turbo’s Cookies, founded by local baker Holly Shaffner. Mrs. Turbo’s will make its Budd Dairy debut Tuesday, Sept. 14. The retro-themed bakery also has a brick-and-mortar shop in Powell. Budd Dairy has one other rotating kitchen called The Hatch, which is due for a new occupant soon.  

Crumbl Cookies, a chain that went viral on TikTok earlier this year, is now open at 6326 E. Dublin-Granville Road in Westerville. Founded in 2017 with a singular storefront in Utah, the cookie company now boasts more than 200 stores across the U.S. Crumbl is known for its wide variety of flavors, which rotate weekly. Some include Milk Chocolate Chip, Funfetti, Coconut Lime, Nutella Sea Salt, Rocky Road and Pumpkin Pie. There are now three Crumbl stores in Central Ohio; the others are located in Delaware and Dublin. 

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck (yep, that’s a thing) is returning to Easton Town Center on Saturday, Sept. 18. The truck will be parked near Crate & Barrel from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., offering pastries, enamel pins, tote bags, stuffed animals and more. 

Other Closings 

Multiple news sources report that the Panera Bread at 684 S. High St., which filled the space long occupied by The Clarmont, has closed in the Brewery District. The signage has been removed from the building and the location is no longer listed on the Panera website.