Get your appetites ready, Columbus, because Comune is preparing to open its doors for in-person diners once again by the end of the month.
The ever-popular eatery—which has been operating on a carryout-only since last summer—is slated to reopen its dining room on May 26, although it will be closed until May 20 to prepare for in-person dining.
“It’s both exciting and nerve-wracking. Amidst the current climate, it’s been difficult to make decisions that feel like they are both in the best interest of Comune’s staff and the community, but also our bottom line as Comune ultimately is a business,” said owner Joe Gelati. “We’ve erred on the side of caution, but we are looking forward to welcoming people back into the restaurant to experience Comune the way we created it to be.”
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And part of the way Comune was created, in case you don’t already know, was around plant-based foods. When the restaurant’s dining room re-opens, according to Gelati, you can expect not only tried and true favorites, but a host of new menu items as well.
“We will be offering new, summer-specific dishes alongside some of the Comune favorites everyone knows and loves,” he said. “Very excited to utilize the bounty of seasonal fresh produce we will be seeing from our local partners. Additionally, we will be working to expand our natural wine selection again as we return to dine-in.”
Many fans of Comune have also grown to love Parable Coffee, the chic new spot slinging inventive drinks out of Comune’s bar space, and they’ll be glad to learn that Parable’s hours will not be affected moving forward.
The coffee shop will remain open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (it will also be open through May 20), while Commune plans to focus on serving dinner only, opening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
While there’s still a lot of work to be done, and Gelati feels the pressure to do what’s best for everyone involved, he ultimately expressed gratitude and optimism at the prospect of finally—after nearly a full year—opening for in-person diners.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to see people coming together to share our space, our food and our passion again,” he said. “It’s been a difficult year, but with the summer months approaching and the rate of vaccination increasing in Ohio, it leaves me hopeful.”