From German Village to downtown

Longtime Barcelona chef leaving to open new restaurant with wife

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

After 16 years with Barcelona, Paul Yow is leaving the German Village restaurant.

The executive chef and his wife, Hae Ran, will open Natalie’s at 79 S. Fourth St., downtown.

Yow said his departure from Barcelona was “very tough” but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to open his own restaurant. Ran also worked at Barcelona, where she spent 12 years as a baker. The couple met while working together at Rigsby’s in the Short North.

Their new restaurant, which is expected to open in the next week, will offer a mix of Korean and American fare in a casual setting.

Sous chef Jacob Hough will replace Yow.

Barcelona owner Scott Heimlich expressed support for Yow and Ran in their new endeavors.

“For Paul, this is a lifetime dream,” he said. “We will be huge fans and patrons of his new restaurant.”

 

See more on this story in Nov. 8 edition of ThisWeek.

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