Cameron Mitchell: Guild House restaurant will 'be a fun place to explore'

Cameron Mitchell hopes the Guild House will allow guests to explore, but the new restaurant will involve plenty of exploration for his business, too.

The Columbus restaurateur Wednesday announced plans for a 6,000-square-foot restaurant inside Pizzuti Cos.’ Short North boutique hotel the Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph.

I talked to Mitchell about his first farm-to-table venture, what the menu may look like and how his numerous other restaurant projects are coming together.

“There is no doubt about the popularity of that (farm-to-table) wave,” he told me. “This (menu) is going to change more often than our other restaurants.”

Such is the nature of the concept – capitalize on what is local, regional and fresh. Not that Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC doesn’t use local and regional products when fitting, but committing a restaurant

to doing so is new for the company.

He described it as small batches, artisan quality. The emphasis will be on healthy and lighter fare.

Not everything can be local. There will be fish dishes, for example, but when it can’t be local the goal would be to use sustainable vendors. The wine list will have a similar lean toward sustainability.

Mitchell said he sees an opportunity to try not just different dishes, but different presentations and cooking techniques.

“It’s going to be a fun place to explore,” he said.

Menu specifics aren’t together yet. The restaurant is slated to open January 2015. The culinary team will begin menu development in early July.

Mitchell did paint some broad strokes though.

“We know there are going to be a large variety of small plates. Entrees too,” he said. “The menu will be designed to use however you like, whether you’re grazing or stopping in before a show or coming in late night.”

The name Guild House is a nod to Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC’s more than 100 chefs across its many local and national restaurants, Mitchell’s “culinary guild,” if you will.

There are going to be more chefs joining that guild in the next few years. Mitchell also gave me an update on several of his other ventures:

  • Work on the Barn at Rocky Fork Creek is on track for a September opening. “We’re very excited about that one,” he said. “We hope that will be an iconic restaurant for years to come.” 
  • Ocean Prime Beverly Hills is scheduled to open in October. 
  • The potential steakhouse at the Grandview Avenue Panera Bread site still is a ways off; the company is not expected to take the space until fall 2015. 
  • Hudson 29 Kitchen & Drink in New Albany remains on track for spring 2015.
June 25, 2014
Dan Eaton
Columbus Business First
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