Downtown Concierge

Columbus Commons adding two food shops


In the Media


The Columbus Dispatch

Spring will bring two new dining options for Columbus Commons visitors.

Mikey’s Late Night Slice plans a permanent location at the Downtown park, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams plans a seasonal shop there.

Mikey Sorboro hopes to open his sixth Late Night Slice store at the former Burgers, Dogs and Fries location on the Commons by April 15.

Jeni’s will begin scooping ice cream during events at the Commons, starting with the April 27 Earth Day Columbus celebration, said owner Jeni Britton Bauer.

“We are so excited,” said Amy Edwards Taylor, chief operating officer for Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp., the organization that owns, programs and manages the park.

“These are local institutions with national recognition that we think are great to have in the park,” Taylor said. “My stomach is already growling in excitement.”

About a month ago, Capital South began talking with the food companies about occupying the two vacant buildings on the south end of the park at 160 S. High St.

“The timing was right,” Sorboro said. “We thought it’d be a great addition to our collection of shops, so we went for it.”

Late Night Slice Commons Cafe will serve pizza and breakfast, unlike Sorboro’s shops in the Short North and at the Grandview, Clintonville, Polaris and Ohio State University locations. Sorboro also operates a food truck.

“We’re working on Cuban-inspired breakfast sandwiches and breakfast offerings,” Sorboro said. The Commons location will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sorboro expects to hire four or five workers to staff the newest shop.

Taylor said her organization has worked with Mikey’s Late Night Slice on its events and Thursday food-truck lunches for about two years.

Britton Bauer said she has attended several events at the Downtown park.

“The Commons is amazing,” she said. “It brings lots of people Downtown. To be a part of that was really cool to us.”

The $50 million Highpoint on Columbus Commons apartment and retail complex, which is under construction, promises to bring more residents Downtown.

In fact, while Jeni’s will begin by operating on the Commons on a seasonal basis, “if we’re busy enough, we’ll be open all year long,” Britton Bauer said.

“I’m excited,” she added. “I think Downtown has recently become a place where so many things are going on.”