Article Comment 

Two Columbus restaurants close

 

Dispatch Staff Report

 

Two Columbus restuarants are closing their doors this week. 

 


The Santa Fe Cattle Co. on 18th Avenue North closed Thursday after its parent company filed for bankruptcy in July, and Mississippi Coffeehouse on Main Street is closing today. 

 


David Griffin, owner of Mississippi Coffeehouse, said the business is closing after his wife, Anne, took a job in Geneva, Switzerland, with the United Nations, and the couple could not find a buyer. The coffee shop has been open in downtown since April 2008. 

 


Despite the recession, the business "kept its head above water," Griffin said this morning. "It''s been two good years. I have no complaints. But in life we always say, ''it''s time to move on." 

 


Griffin said that he had five potential buyers since he put the business on the market three months ago, but all fell through. "Everyone is afraid right now to invest in something," he said. "I don''t blame them." 

 


Griffin said that he had three part-time workers on staff. At the height of the business last year, the business employed eight part-timers, he said. 

 


Santa Fe Cattle Co., based in Brentwood, Tenn., with locations across the Southeast, has been closing stores since July, despite strong sales at some locations. The Columbus store was the tenth to close. 

 


"We hated to close that store," said Paul Jankowski, chief strategist for Access Brand Strategies, Santa Fe''s branding and public relations firm. "We love that market. We love the people there. It was very difficult to make that decision. We don''t take it lightly." 

 


A manager at the Columbus location, which reportedly employed 80 workers, declined to comment Thursday.  

 


Jankowski said the Columbus Santa Fe, although a successful location, was unable to renegotiate its lease. He said he was unsure if the Columbus store will reopen at a different address.

 

 

 

printer friendly version | back to top

 

Reader Comments

Article Comment Steakeater commented at 10/9/2009 2:09:00 PM:

What a shame! What a Nice Building and Location! Their steaks, well what do you expect from a chain restaurant? The steaks were tough and bland with a fair price. The Santa Fe building would be a Great Location for Ole Hickory to move into! Ole Hickory has the best steaks in town and their current location restricts their business with parking issues, cleanliness and character. We love Ole Hickory but we know people who wont eat there because of the above mentioned. Forget Marty's/Jacks steaks, Forget Huck's steaks, Rubens is fair, forget Fartahatchie Outback, if your looking for the best Steaks in town eat an Ole Hickory steak, mouth watering flavor! A real Columbus tradition. That building is calling your name, "Ole Hickory" a Columbus Tradition! Good Luck.

 

Article Comment Steakeater commented at 10/9/2009 2:10:00 PM:

What a shame! What a Nice Building and Location! Their steaks, well what do you expect from a chain restaurant? The steaks were tough and bland with a fair price. The Santa Fe building would be a Great Location for Ole Hickory to move into! Ole Hickory has the best steaks in town and their current location restricts their business with parking issues, cleanliness and character. We love Ole Hickory but we know people who wont eat there because of the above mentioned. Forget Marty's/Jacks steaks, Forget Huck's steaks, Rubens is fair, forget Fartahatchie Outback, if your looking for the best Steaks in town eat an Ole Hickory steak, mouth watering flavor! A real Columbus tradition. That building is calling your name, "Ole Hickory" a Columbus Tradition! Good Luck.

 

Article Comment YAYA commented at 10/13/2009 2:00:00 AM:

At OnlyWeddingDresses.com we provide a free resource of information about bridal dresses and wedding gowns that we hope will help you choose the perfect wedding dress for your special day

 

back to top

 

 

 

 

Follow Us:

Follow Us on Facebook

Follow Us on Twitter

Follow Us via Instagram

Follow Us via Email