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Sweet Carrot closes restaurant, will offer only catering services

Sweet Carrot closes restaurant, will offer only catering services

Jack McLaughlin

The popular Grandview eatery Sweet Carrot has closed its dining room and is now focusing only on catering services.

The barbecue and comfort food restaurant closed for nearly a month in September before calling it quits for good today. The closure was announced in a statement from CEO Angela Petro. It was posted to Sweet Carrot’s social media accounts.

“A few weeks ago, as I was trying to help the team plug a myriad of holes, I witnessed the anxiety, stress, selflessness and loyalty that the remaining team members were struggling with,” Petro said. “I also watched as we failed some of our guests one minute then made people smile the next. It was heartbreaking and in that moment I knew it needed to end for the sake of the team and our supportive community of fans.”

She cited difficulties from the past 18 months during the outbreak of COVID-19 as a reason for the closure as well. “As the owner of multiple hospitality businesses I can tell you that as bad as you think it is to hire and keep values-aligned employees…it’s way worse. For many it’s been catastrophic,” she said.

Located at 1417 W. 5th Ave. in Grandview Heights, Sweet Carrot first opened at the end of 2015.

Even while closing the restaurant portion of Sweet Carrot, Petro remained optimistic about the future of the business as a catering venture.

“My team and I have nearly 25 years of experience putting on events, catering life’s most important moments, and most importantly bringing people together around food,” she said. “That won’t change! It’s bittersweet and yet I’m excited for what comes next.”

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