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After less than a year, popular Short North eatery closing restaurant service; announces new concept for space

After less than a year, popular Short North eatery closing restaurant service; announces new concept for space

Sav McKee

Last summer, it seemed like all of Columbus was anticipating the new wood-fired restaurant opening in the Short North, brought to us by the owners of Chapman’s Eat Market and Ginger Rabbit Jazz Lounge. 

This new restaurant, Hiraeth, located at 36 E. Lincoln St., quickly became the talk of the town this year, not only for their gorgeous interior, but their interactive kitchen where guests could watch esteemed chefs create their dishes on live flames, right in front of them. Not to mention the incredible wood-fired menu options and unique, hand-crafted cocktails.

However, owner BJ Lieberman announced yesterday that Hiraeth is being reimagined. Starting June 1, Hiraeth is closing their day-to-day operations for walk-in customers and reservations. Instead, to “answer the growing demand for chef-driven dinners and special events,” they’re transitioning the space to private events/special event bookings only.

So, although Hiraeth won’t be the spot to take your hot date to this summer anymore, you can still book it for a special event (email for additional details).


“The new model will enable highly curated, special experiences in this unique space, such as: guest chef dinners; pop-up restaurant opportunities for folks who have a great product, great following, but no physical space to operate; special event hosting and catering; and a host of other ideas to continue to serve the community with exciting, thought provoking, and delicious culinary experiences,” said the press release.

Lieberman emphasized that he couldn’t be more proud of the work and food that Hiraeth has produced since opening last August. “We have worked hard to build a unique, experiential dining space…we are excited to pivot our approach in a way that can continue to serve the thriving Short North Arts District.”

If you’re understandably bummed about one of the best new restaurants in Columbus no longer offering regular dinner service, don’t fret just yet – Lieberman and his wife Bronwyn Haines’ other concepts, Ginger Rabbit and Chapman’s Eat Market, are changing too. Ginger Rabbit will expand their menus and food services, with a new focus on rotating their offerings, plus for “Dinner and a Show” type of events to meet the growing demand at this extraordinary jazz lounge. 

And more good news! Chapman’s Eat Market is extending to being open 7 days a week starting in mid-June. The chefs from Hiraeth will be absorbed in Chapman’s operations – which yes, means your favorite dishes and ideas from Hiraeth will still live on.

“We would also like to thank our guests,” said Lieberman. “We’re excited for the opportunity to continue to be a part of the city’s growing culinary scene and we’re looking forward to exploring what this next chapter means for our group.”

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