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Nearly 70 year old Columbus-area eatery sold to new owners

Nearly 70 year old Columbus-area eatery sold to new owners

Jack McLaughlin

Chef-O-Nette has been a Columbus-area institution since 1955, and now second-generation owner Harlan Howard has sold the business to Old Bag of Nails ownership. Howard is selling the business as he plans to retire.

Both parties confirmed the sale to 614Now.

Fans of Chef-O-Nette diner need not be alarmed, however, as according to Abigail Stellern, head of strategy and growth at Old Bag of Nails, the long-standing Columbus diner will remain operational under the same name.


“We’re keeping the space as Chef-O-Nette. We’re keeping it in place, and we just signed a long-term lease,” Stellern said. She added that many of the diner’s most popular menu items will remain the same as well.

In the short term, the diner—which is located at 2090 Tremont Ctr.—will close after service on Thursday. The space will undergo an estimated 3-4 month remodel before it reopens. According to Stellern, the eatery’s front end will see a remodel, the kitchen will receive several updates and its bathrooms will be expanded.

“We’re glad we can take over this important community space and keep it going for the next 20 years,” she said.

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