Cameron Mitchell opens his first UA restaurant on Lane

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Brian Scheren, general manager at Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink, is ready to dig into a Hudson cheeseburger and fries at the first Cameron Mitchell restaurant in Upper Arlington. The "polished-casual" restaurant opened Saturday, March 29.

Longtime Upper Arlington resident and entrepreneur Cameron Mitchell introduced his latest concept last weekend with the opening of Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink at The Lane.

Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink opened Saturday, March 29, at 1600 W. Lane Ave.

The 5,800-square-foot restaurant marks Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' (CMR) 11th dining venture in the Columbus area.

For Mitchell, founder and president of CMR, the restaurant is his first in Upper Arlington.

"Upper Arlington has been my home for more than three decades, and I am delighted to share this concept with my friends, neighbors and the central Ohio community," he said. "Although we've introduced a number of restaurants over our 20 years in business, it is particularly special to open Hudson 29 here in my neighborhood -- especially one that reflects so many of my personal memories."

The restaurant is named for the Hudson Valley site of Mitchell's alma mater, the original Culinary Institute of America, and Route 29, which runs through Napa Valley's vineyards.

Bob Lamb, Upper Arlington's community and economic development manager, said he is excited to see a new Cameron Mitchell restaurant open in the city.

"I believe this restaurant is a perfect fit for both Lane Avenue and the first true mixed-use building in Upper Arlington," he said. "I am positive that this type of premier dinning establishment will not only attract customers from Upper Arlington but also from the entire region.

"The addition of this restaurant, along with other new additions to Lane Avenue -- such as the expansion of Whole Foods -- continues to grow the vibrancy of the corridor. Lane Avenue has become a true entertainment district."

Chuck Kline, CMR vice president of operations, estimated the company invested more than $3 million in Hudson 29.

The place is dubbed a "polished-casual" restaurant, which is a new CMR concept.

A second Hudson 29 location is planned for The New Albany Co.'s Market & Main development in 2015.

The restaurant features American cuisine, including appetizers such as house-baked, four-cheese stuffed butter rolls and "chicken lollipops" -- chicken drums served with sweet chili dipping sauce.

Other menu items include assortments of flatbreads, knife-and-fork sandwiches, a wood-grilled king salmon fillet, pan-seared scallops, slow-roasted prime rib and sushi.

The bar features a 200-bottle wine list, house-made cocktails and craft beers.

"There's just a real clean appearance to everything we do," Kline said. "The staff looks like a million dollars.

"We're doing more of a team-service approach ... and we're here for really any type of occasion. We've got everything from prime rib to sushi."

CMR veterans are leading the restaurant and its kitchen operations. Brian Scheren and Jonathan Basch serve as general manager and executive chef, respectively.

Hudson 29 serves lunch and dinner daily and has total seating for 214 guests, including the bar area and a large terrace. A 14-seat private dining room also is available.

CMR officials said the restaurant will employ more than 100 people.

Hudson 29's hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

"This area is a little bit under-serviced in terms of having somewhere where you can your family or a place you can take your wife for a great date night," Kline said. "There's currently a lot, but they're more casual places.

"We've put this new development on the north side of the street and it kind of rounds out the area."

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