Cameron Mitchell splits off Premier Events catering business

Might you find Cameron Mitchell food in the luxury suites at Ohio Stadium? At sporting venues nationwide? It could happen.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC has been offering catering services for 12 years, but the company is spinning off that work into a separate venture, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, which gives the new business the structure and speed to grow and capitalize on new opportunities.

“It’ll be easier to move the ship,” Vice President of Operations Chuck Kline told me.

The separate catering company has a new leadership structure, topped by Melissa Johnson, with new general managers in charge of specific divisions. Kline said it’s similar to the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, which is a sister company to Cameron Mitchell restaurants sharing some similar owners, but different leadership. Kline said company founder Cameron Mitchell has ownership in Premier Events and is available as a resource, but isn’t involved in the day-to-day.

Premier Events has three divisions: Catering; venues, such as the Darby House and the Ivory Room at Miranova that opened in September; and specialty events, including kosher functions and sports and leisure work such as its recent contract to be the Memorial Tournament’s exclusive on-course hospitality caterer at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin.

“That’s an area that can really take off for us,” Kline said of the nascent specialty division.

Outside of the Memorial Tournament contract, the catering and event company does not have any other sports venue deals at this time, but there are ongoing discussions, he said.

The company also will look to take the brand outside Columbus for general catering and events. Kline said markets with existing Cameron Mitchell restaurants, where the name is recognized, could be future expansion targets for the new business.

Klein said he thinks Cameron Mitchell Premier Events can be a $10 million annual business. It’s on track to do between $7.5 million and $8 million this year.

April 23, 2013
Dan Eaton
Columbus Biz Insider
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