Cravings Carryout searching for new space

Beth Stallings, Columbus Crave

Cravings Carryout Cafe is in search of a new home after owners Matt and Lindsey Tewager received word last week that their lease would not be renewed. According to Matt, they have no clue why property owners have terminated their lease.

Regardless of the reasons, Sunday, Sept. 12 will be the last day of service at the Italian Village carryout at 227 E. Third Ave. It's bad timing for the cafe that had seemingly been gaining momentum in the last year, in step with the neighborhood it calls home. In Cravings few years in operation, it has evolved from a cookie-centric bakery (is initial name was Cookie Cravings Bakery) to a full-fledged cafe known for savory sandwiches, soups and breakfast items. Last year, Matt launched a popular Saturday bronut special.

Last night, the Cravings owners took to Facebook for help finding a new home. They are asking diners to share any leads they may have on a possible space-ideally one that's operated as a restaurant or bakery in the past. But the main thing they are searching for: a neighborhood setting.

"Our needs are not a 3,000-square-foot restaurant," Matt says. "We're completely content on pushing the from-scratch carryout thing. Our big thing, too-we want to be in a neighborhood. We are looking in Italian Village, the Short North, Clintonville, Olde Towne East."

After closing in mid-September, Matt says they plan to host events at spots like The Commissary, to keep on diners' front of mind.