Cameron Mitchell's Hudson 29 opens in Upper Arlington

Cameron Mitchell has finally come home.

The restaurateur opened Hudson 29, his first restaurant in his home suburb of Upper Arlington, in late March.

"He's really coming full circle, back to his roots in Upper Arlington," said general manager Brian Scheren. "It's his first restaurant here," other than the Rusty Bucket, which is a Cameron Mitchell Restaurants sister company.

The restaurant, located at 1600 W. Lane Ave., is also the first of Mitchell's newest concept.

Hudson 29 is an American-themed restaurant that is a mix of influences from the California wine country and Mitchell's time in the Hudson Valley region of New York at the Culinary Institute of America.

"It's telling the tale of two valleys, the Hudson from his influence at culinary school and the Napa Valley," Scheren said.

The West Coast feel is in part shown via Pacific Rim influences in the menu, including sushi, "but it is 90 percent Americana, from Reubens and French dip sandwiches to seabass and prime rib," Scheren said.

"It's a restaurant that is intended for all occasions, an everyday restaurant witha  polished but upscale, fine-dining feel. It falls between the Ocean Club and Cap City Diner."

The menu features salads and flatbreads, sushi and fish, and steaks. Specials are offered every night, such as Asian ramen noodle bowls on Thursdays and braised short ribs on Mondays.

"There's something for everybody," Scheren said.

Hudson 29 also has three specially crafted cocktails, which are mixed then bottled in-house every day. They include a bourbon cola and a grapefruit fresca.

"It's a lot of work, but it's worth it," Scheren said.

Diners also can choose from about 100 types of wine.

The restaurant sits in a new building on Lane Avenue., which has luxury apartments on the floors above.

"It's hard to find a location in Upper Arlington, but this development was available and it's perfect," Scheren said. "The area has become a hub."

The Mitchell folks turned the empty shell into a midcentury-modern-inspired space with plenty of natural wood and exposed beams.

The waiting area has a loungelike feel with leather couches, and the wine room has more than 1,000 bottles on display. The kitchen is open to the dining room.

Dining-room seating consists primarily of booths and is designed for smaller parties "only because space is limited," Scheren said. "This is one of our smaller restaurants, and we might be making more adjustments to the seating in the future."

Hudson 29 weats 160 inside and 40 on the patio, plus 18 at the bar.

The restaurant also offers a private dining room equipped with audio-visual hookups for meetings or special dinners.

It is private but features a glass wall that looks into the restaurant.

April 22, 2014
Denise Trowbridge
The Columbus Dispatch
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