Cameron Mitchell planning Grandview steakhouse


January 22, 2014

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is getting back into the steakhouse business.

Columbus restaurant entrepreneur Cameron Mitchell, who sold his Mitchell’s Steakhouse and Cameron’s Steakhouse restaurants, among others, in early 2008, plans to open a steakhouse at 1307 Grandview Ave.

The neighborhood steakhouse is scheduled to open in late 2015 in space currently occupied by Panera Bread, said spokeswoman Heather Leonard.

Mitchell sold his steakhouse chains, as well as his Mitchell’s Fish Market and Columbus Fish Market chains, to Ruth’s Chris Steak House for $94 million just as the economy slid into recession. Most full-service restaurants have suffered ever since.

As the economy recovers, sales at premium steak restaurants are expected to grow 2.8 percent annually through 2018, according to market research firm IBISWorld. That compares with 0.4 percent growth each year from 2008 through 2013.

Mitchell previously announced plans for an “upscale casual steakhouse” in Gahanna, called the Barn at Rocky Fork Creek.

It is expected to open in late summer with a “much broader menu” than the Grandview Avenue steakhouse, Leonard said. Hiring for the Gahanna restaurant is set to begin in May, she said.

Mitchell’s restaurant company has a lot more on its plate:

• Cameron’s American Bistro, at 2185 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., is expected to reopen at 5 p.m. on Monday after an extensive renovation.

• The first of two Hudson 29 Food + Drink polished casual grills is expected to open this spring at the Lane development in Upper Arlington. Hiring for that location will begin on Monday, with applications being accepted at Homewood Suites, 1576 W. Lane Ave., Leonard said. A second Hudson 29 location is expected to be opened next year in the Market & Main development in New Albany.

• In April, the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, in which Mitchell is a partner, is planning to open its first Florida location, in Naples.

• Mitchell’s Ocean Prime chain of modern American supper clubs plans to open its first California location in Beverly Hills in late summer.