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Taxed. Even the potato salad guy gets hit

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Columbus finally got its wish: national attention. But in the form of this guy trying to make potato salad. With donations at more than $40,000 (ignore the fake $70,000 you might have seen because of fake donations), Zach Brown the mastermind or lucky duck behind the campaign might not even be fazed with the huge tax estimate on his Kickstarter. According to Columbus Business First, he is estimated to be taxed about $21,000 for his endeavor. That estimate was also based on the inflated number that has since been removed though.

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Previously: July 10, 2014

Facebook doesn’t like the potato salad guy

Does anyone really look at the terms of service for anything? It’s almost universally known that you scroll to the bottom and check “yes, I agree” to whatever life altering restrictions were hidden in the legal jargon, and Zach “Danger” Brown has fallen victim to Facebook’s terms of service after his explosion of fame via potato salad. Because Facebook requires real names, the company is requesting he remove the “Danger” out of his name, which he has used without issue for three years. (The downfall of living in the limelight.)

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Previously: July 8, 2014

Potato salad party: Kickstarter campaign out of control

It was all just supposed to be a funny joke between friends, sparked from a casual conversation about favorite back yard side dishes, according to the Dispatch. Victorian Village’s Zach “Danger” Brown is about to be knee deep in potato salad after turning to Kickstarter to fund a $10 side dish—he’s now raised nearly $40,000, which is probably more potato salad than he had anticipated making. Media outlets have latched onto the story of the potato salad guy (because it’s probably more fun to talk and write about potato salad than crime and murder rates), which has effectively put more fuel on the fire for Brown. Because the money has to go toward potato salad no matter what, he is planning to rent out a venue, stream the event live and make a whole party of it.

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Burger Bonanza: New restaurant opening in downtown tomorrow

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Burger fans in Downtown Columbus will soon have a new option to enjoy, according to a report from Columbus Business First. Belly Burger, a new concept from restaurateur Jeff Kover, will open this Friday at 26 N High St.

The location is the former site of Oliver's, which Kover purchased over a year ago from previous owner Yavonne Sarber.

Belly Burger will expand on Oliver's burger-centric menu while providing an update to the look and feel of the space. Once open, the menu will feature straightforward offerings with single, double, and triple three-ounce patties, a chicken sandwich, and fries for a side. Boozy milkshakes are also on the menu.

For more information, visit the Belly Burger on Facebook.

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Portia’s Diner takes root on High Street

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One of Columbus' favorite vegan restaurants has taken root in a new location. Portia's Diner is officially open at 3269 N High St. in the former Whole World Natural Bakery and Restaurant in Clintonville.

https://www.facebook.com/PortiasCafe/posts/3132161976810359

Portia's Diner offers comfort foods like pancakes, waffles, hamburgers, and burritos—all made with the same high-quality vegan, non-GMO, organic products customers have come to expect from Portia's.

Portia's Diner is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8am- 3pm. Visit portiascafe.com for more information.

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Local nonprofit catering company announces new downtown cafe

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Nonprofit catering company and workforce development program Freedom a la Cart has announced plans to open its first full-service cafe + bakery and survivor resource center in downtown Columbus next summer at 123 E Spring St.

A nonprofit catering company and workforce development program that empowers and employs survivors of human trafficking, the Freedom a la Cart Cafe + Bakery will serve fresh-baked pastries, scratch-made meals, and locally roasted coffee under the direction of Consulting Chef BJ Lieberman. The menu will feature Freedom a la Cart favorites from the catering menu, as well as additional “a la minute” selections such as avocado and tomato tartini and house made brioche cinnamon toast.

The flagship cafe + bakery is expected to employ about 20 survivors, doubling the current number of survivors in Freedom’s workforce development program. The cafe also allows Freedom to extend its workforce training program to include valuable front-of-house job skills like point of sale operation, customer service education, and barista training, thereby broadening survivors’ marketability to transition into jobs in the community.

Skill-building and bonding will extend beyond the kitchen to the new “Freedom Home”—2,500 square feet of program and office spaces on the cafe’s second floor for survivors to call their own. The space will include a lounge area, a computer station for job searching and educational assistance, a trauma counseling office, and an area for group gatherings.

“In less than ten years, we’ve seen Freedom a la Cart evolve from a food cart to a successful catering operation, and now, a full-service cafe and community resource center,” said Paula Haines, Executive Director of Freedom a la Cart. “The Freedom Cafe + Bakery will not only allow us to share Freedom a la Cart’s delicious menu offerings with more of the community but will also broaden our outreach and advocacy efforts for human trafficking survivors throughout Columbus.”

Starting in the Summer of 2020, Freedom a la Cart Cafe + Bakery will be open to the public for breakfast and lunch from Monday through Saturday from 7am- 3pm. Catering orders will continue to be accepted at freedomalacart.org/catering/ or by phone.

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