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TexMex cloud kitchen gets brick-and-mortar location inside Summit Music Hall

TexMex cloud kitchen gets brick-and-mortar location inside Summit Music Hall

Sarah Sole

Crunchwerks is leveling up. 

Founded by Trey Burris, Rob Chafin, and Chris Salvato, Crunchwerks has been run as a delivery and curbside pickup-only cloud kitchen since opening Jan. 1 on Summit Avenue

The spot was born out of a pandemic-era pivot. The trio had created Summit Music Hall in the former Summit space in October 2019 and, while the 2210 Summit St. venue was closed due to COVID-19, they created Crunchwerks to help fund the ongoing rent costs. 

Now the two concepts are fusing into a restaurant-music venue hybrid.

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Summit Music Hall is celebrating its grand reopening on March 6 after being closed for a year, said Chafin. When it does, it will become the dine-in and carryout hub for Crunchwerks. 

Though Summit was shuttered for a long time, Chafin said they feel like it’s now possible to open safely and responsibly. 

“Our team can truly sympathize [with] everyone who has had a similar year as us, which is why we are taking heavy precautions to keep everyone safe,” said Crunchwerks co-founder Trey Burris.

Crunchwerks will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday. The space will function as a typical dine-in venue when there aren’t any shows. 

Chafin said they want to begin doing dinners and a show with limited audiences seated at tables. To prepare, they upgraded the space’s HVAC system with a HEPA filter and UV Light Treatment and are implementing touch-less temperature screening for shows. 

The first such show, by Conscious Pilot, is slated to happen for the grand reopening at 8 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $10 and available via thesummitcolumbus.com.

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