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You may recognize first two chefs in Cameron Mitchell’s food hall

A year after announcing the Budd Dairy Food Hall concept in Italian Village, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) has revealed its first two restauranteur tenants.

Borgata Pizza Café, created by chefs Ed Bisconti and Roz Auddino, and Darista, created by chef Dara Schwartz, will open locations in the new food hall later this year.

The Budd Dairy Food Hall, located at 1086 N 4th St., will contain eight restaurant stalls, a bar, space for live entertainment, a rooftop deck, and more. Expected open date is sometime this fall.

Borgata Pizza Café at Budd Dairy Food Hall will be the restaurant’s third location, with two others in northern Columbus. Borgata uses local and regional ingredients to prepare fresh New York-style pizza and Italian specialties from scratch.

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“We’re really excited to open at Budd Dairy Food Hall and learn all we can from the CMR team,” said Bisconti. “The new location will be a bit different from our other two, with an abbreviated menu, but our main focuses will still be our fresh, local ingredients and our identity as a neighborhood pizza café.”

The other tenant, Darista, has become a household name over the years with its world-inspired hummus line, Darista Dips, sold in more than 70 retail locations.

“This is an amazing opportunity to extend our brand and continue to share stories through the lens of food,” said Schwartz. “With the support of CMR, we can’t wait to craft beautiful layers of flavor with hummus being the foundation to each plate. And personally, it’s a self-exploration and tribute to my Great Grandfather, Ely, who owned a Jewish delicatessen and grocer in Chicago.”

Dozens of local chefs have been jockeying for a stall in the chef-drive, restaurant incubator concept. CMR has been narrowing down the competition with a “Shark Tank-style” search over the past several months. Six more partners will be announced in the coming months.

“We are thrilled to work with Borgata and Darista as they expand their offerings and grow as restaurateurs,” said Steve Weis, CMR’s vice president of development. “Columbus is known for being a top foodie city as well as an innovative entrepreneurial hub. Budd Dairy Food Hall is an exciting marriage between the two and we look forward to announcing more quality chef partners soon.”

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