Angela Petro knows you don’t have to live in downtown Columbus or someplace similar to appreciate original restaurants and shopping.
So, when she heard feedback from customers suggesting she open a Sweet Carrot restaurant in the northern part of Franklin County, she said she knew Dublin’s demographics would support the location.
Even though Dublin is a large city, the neighborhood is tight-knit, said Petro, CEO of Sweet Carrot and Two Caterers.
“We think it’s going to be really well-received there,” she said.
Petro will open Sweet Carrot’s third location in mid-October at 7571 Sawmill Road.
The project will involve hiring about 70 part- and full-time employees and about $450,000 in build-out expenses, she said.
Sweet Carrot is a fresh-casual restaurant that has its origins in a food truck Petro’s catering company began operating about six years ago.
When the truck’s popularity took off, Petro said, she decided if she found the right location, she would pursue a multi-restaurant project.
The first Sweet Carrot opened in November 2015 in Grandview Heights. The second opened in the Polaris area in February 2018.
Despite just opening a location earlier this year, Petro said sales were at a point where opening another restaurant made sense.
Although there are no plans now to open a fourth restaurant, Petro said that’s not to say it isn’t part of her long-term plan.
For now, she said, she’s focused on opening the Sawmill restaurant.
Many of the restaurants in Dublin depend not only on residents, but also visitors to the city in order to survive, said Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
When visitors come to Dublin, the majority of the money they spend goes toward restaurants and entertainment rather than hotel stays, Dring said.
Having a variety of restaurants helps the city attract visitors, he said.
“It’s a huge attraction for them to have that diversity in restaurants,” he said.