We planned to close Betty’s at the end of January. I said I would plan a big going away party and I never planned a going away party, probably because it meant going away.
So we stayed open a few more days, that stretched to weeks, and now months. We have a smaller staff and a smaller menu. We don’t stay open as late anymore. But we still have your favorite dishes and some of your favorite…
My 96 year old third generation Irish Catholic grandmother, Margaret Banner Lessner, has enjoyed mostly good health her entire life. Her diet in her 90+ years has been exclusively red meat and old-fashioneds. She doesn’t like vegetables but will tolerate the very occasional bite of potato if it was cooked in beef juices. And sweets, any sweets. She turns 97 next month, and her mind is as sharp as…
This is what the Jury Room looked like in 1870. A few years after this photo, a fire destroyed the facade, some say our ghosts burnt it down:
An under-funded new restaurant concept in a 100+ year old building doesn’t come with blueprints or instructions, just more growing pains than you could ever imagine. With elbow grease and TLC, we tweak away until we get it right.
Some restaurants are…
This recipe is forgiving and easily tweaked. It’s a good recipe to use up fruit or bread in the fridge and provides immediate Sunday morning hangover relief. I make a version of this recipe at the Torpedo Room for our weekend brunch.
Overnight French Toast:
8-10 pieces of any bread
1 c milk (we use almond, any is fine)
1 c rolled oats (instant or regular)
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t ground clove or…
My sister-in-law Rose jumped up on stage and sang LES Artistes into the mic during a Santigold concert several years ago. Instead of getting kicked off stage, Rose ended up on tour with her for the next year or so.
We saw Santi at Thom and Rose’s wedding a couple weeks ago. She was lovely, glowing, and pregnant. She was with her husband, a former Olympic snowboarder, Trevor Andrew. Harold and I…
Torpedo Room got it’s two first reviews today, and we are grateful for the feedback and the ink.
Opening a restaurant this winter hasn’t been easy. We are extremely grateful for the continuing support.
Big thanks to Miriam Bowers Abbott for the virtual ink in ColumbusUnderground.com:
Big thanks to breakfast guru and author,…
Dear CFL staff,
In January, I hosted a comedy show at Wild Goose Creative with the Asbestos Comedy Troupe. Between acts, the troupe took turns dramatically reading negative CLF Yelp reviews, the sketch got a ton of laughs. As a restaurateur, I expect and anticipate good and bad reviews from anyone: customers, staff, reviewers, bloggers, and media: some fair, some unfair. I’m fair game. I’m…
There were several underground explosions overnight downtown. My gin joints are alright.
Earlier in the winter we had a massive flood when water lines broke underground:
It wasn’t always like this. Come on, summer:
There’s no fairness in a single ruling party, no matter what your party.
“We wrote this law for the primary purpose of preventing lawsuits or being sued. It is not the City’s job to promote a healthy business climate.”
-Columbus City Councilmember Michelle Mills regarding her proposed food truck legislation