Creole restaurant serving Southern brunch, New Orleans-inspired drinks coming to the Arena District

Jack McLaughlin

It’s been less than six month since Creole 2 Geaux opened its first ever brick and mortar eatery inside The East Market, but that hasn’t stopped the popular Cajun concept from adding another new location.

Now, Creole 2 Geaux is coming to the Arena District with its first-ever standalone restaurant space.

According to owner Janvier Ward, the eatery, which will be located at 401 N. Front St., has a tentative opening date of late 2022, although this could change.

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Ward noted that the larger space will allow Creole 2 Geaux not only a full bar serving New Orleans-inspired drinks, but a larger menu with significantly broader options from its East Market eatery. The Arena District location will offer a “true Southern brunch” on weekends, with everything from lamb chops and mimosas to croquettes and shrimp-crawfish omelet po’ boys. The new space will also include more options for lunch and dinner, including a 10-minute-or-less express menu.

“The fact that we can get into the Arena District as a small, Black-owned business to showcase our Creole recipes, to bring them to even more people in Columbus, it’s something we’re really excited about,” Ward said.

Ward plans to introduce a variety of authentic New Orleans elements to the design of the eatery as well, as it will be the Creole 2 Geaux’s first standalone restaurant.

“We absolutely love the East Market, but there are so many other concepts there as well, so we’re ready to really get into the branding, to really into the ownership of this space and make it our own,” she said.

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