FOOD

Surly Girl closing in the Short North

Beth Stallings, Columbus Crave

The rumors are true. Surly Girl Saloon will close its doors in the Short North this weekend, ending the bar's 10-year run, says co-owner Elizabeth Lessner.

"It's sad," says Lessner, who opened the bar in her late 20s with Carmen Owens and Marcy Mays in 2005. "Both Betty's and Surly Girl played a really big part in the Short North. It's what the neighborhood needed for a while, and it's time for us to move on."

When asked if she thought of selling the concept, Lessner says no. "We built the bar based on what we wanted. Surly Girl is kind of our thing. It felt like it was something of ours we didn't want to give up," she says. "It's been a really great ride and I think that generation is over [in the Short North]."

This makes three closings within a year for Lessner's Columbus Food League, including her first bar and restaurant, Betty's, which shuttered in the Short North last summer, followed by Jury Room Downtown in November 2014.

As other Columbus Food League properties-including Dirty Frank's, Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails and The Chintz Room, Lessner says all else is well. She herself has been out of state recently with several projects out west (she kept mum on the details). "I've accomplished what I wanted to here. Food production really interests me, and that's where I am working," she says.

Surly Girl's last day is Sunday, April 26. This is the day to grab a piece of Betty's and Surly Girl nostalgia-they'll be holding a "really funny garage sale," Lessner says, with tchotchkes from both bars.