Cameron Mitchell's latest, dubbed Hudson 29, set for Upper Arlington and New Albany

Cameron Mitchell’s newest restaurant has a name – and a second site in the works already.

Hudson 29 Kitchen & Drink is scheduled to open in The Lane development in Upper Arlington in early 2014, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC said Tuesday. It also has a second restaurant lined up in the New Albany Co.’s Market & Main development for 2015.

Plans for the nearly 6,000-square-foot eatery were announced this year. It’s Mitchell’s go at the growing “polished casual” segment, using the de rigueur restaurant term. The menu will be approachable Americana – flatbreads, farm-style salads, steaks, rotisserie chicken, knife-and-fork sandwiches – but at an above-casual price and in an above-casual setting. It also will have sushi. Familiar and hearty is how the company described the food. Average check will be $18 at lunch, $35 at dinner.

The bar focus will be on wine with a more than 200 bottle list. The decor will include walnut and cherry woods and crimson leather and there will be an exhibition kitchen.

The restaurant name is a recognition of the Hudson Valley in New York, site of Mitchell’s alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America, and of California state Route 29, which runs through Napa Valley – two locations that have had a big impact on Mitchell’s culinary life, according to the company.

With the added announcement of a second Hudson 29 for New Albany, I believe that brings the list of new Central Ohio restaurants in varying stages of development for Mitchell and crew to five and that isn’t even counting The Pearl, which already opened, or the continued expansion of Ocean Prime and the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern sister chain.

November 12, 2013
Dan Eaton
Columbus Business First
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