Mitchell restaurant 'Hudson 29' to open on Lane Avenue

The latest concept from Columbus restaurant entrepreneur Cameron Mitchell — Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink — is expected to open early next year in Upper Arlington.

Another location for the polished casual American grill is planned for the New Albany Co.’s Market & Main development in 2015.

Additionally, a second new concept, an upscale casual steakhouse, is expected to open next summer at the Market at Roger’s Corner on E. Johnstown Road in Gahanna. The steakhouse has not yet been named.

The restaurants are only the second and third new concepts since 2008 from the founder of several iconic local restaurants, including Cameron’s American Bistro, Cap City Fine Diner & Bar, and M at Miranova, as well as national chain Ocean Prime.

Mitchell opened the Pearl, a pub with gourmet food and drinks, in the Short North in February.

Many casual dining and full-service restaurants already were struggling to differentiate themselves in a saturated marketplace before the recession, said Tim Powell, a locally based principal of food- and restaurant-research firm Technomic.

Mitchell has not had that problem.

“Cameron Mitchell is unique in that he has a vision for his concepts and knows where to position them,” Powell said in an email. “From experience, (Mitchell’s) resonating points of differentiation have been simple ideas that are nonetheless hard to execute, such as genuine hospitality, menu desirability and manager presence.”

The latest two concepts were developed to occupy unique properties that became available, Cameron Mitchell said in a June interview. The steakhouse, for instance, is going into a barn that once was home to Hoggy’s Restaurant & Catering and sits on 3 acres.

The first Hudson 29 restaurant will be located in The Lane, a new mixed-use building on Lane Avenue that includes 108 luxury apartments. The second Hudson 29 restaurant is slated for a 30,000-square-foot retail, restaurant and office building at Market and Main streets in downtown New Albany.

The restaurants are named for the Hudson Valley, the original home of the Culinary Institute of America, where Mitchell began his vision as a restaurateur.

“Cameron is a home-grown entrepreneur, and it is exciting to see him continue his growth,” said Scott Heimlich, president of the Central Ohio Restaurant Association in an email.

The restaurant will offer an assortment of flatbreads, sushi, farm-style salads, prime steaks, rotisserie-roasted chicken and knife-and-fork sandwiches.

The bar will focus on wine, with a list of more than 200 bottles and an ever-changing list of craft beers. Cocktails will be crafted with house-made mixers and fresh-squeezed juices.

“This year marks our 20th year in business, and we are excited to unveil Hudson 29 in our hometown in 2014,” Mitchell said in a written statement. “This expansion is the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary, support our communities and give back to Columbus.”

November 13, 2013
Mary Vanac
Columbus Dispatch
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