Two businesses, one new and one established, are moving to Main Street in New Albany.

Two businesses, one new and one established, are moving to Main Street in New Albany.

Their owners plan to provide patrons with a different kind of dining experience that combines food made with fresh, local ingredients and art created by local artists.

Hayley Gallery of New Albany is moving from Second Street to 270 Main St. and will adjoin a new restaurant called ella, which stands for "eat local, love art," at 266 Main St.

Hayley Savage, owner of Hayley Gallery, has a stake in both businesses. She is partnering with Amy Schottenstein on ella and they have chosen New Albany High School graduate Travis Hyde as the restaurant's executive chef.

Hyde said he graduated from New Albany High School in 1997 and went to Heidelberg University (then a college) to study English and journalism. But his career path changed after he injured his shoulder playing baseball for the school and then met his wife, Robin.

He said he didn't have to cook for Robin very many times before she helped seal his future career.

"She talked me into going into culinary-arts school," Hyde said.

He went to Hocking Technical College and Columbus State Community College before taking a job with Alana's on High Street in Columbus. He worked for the Sheridan Suites and New Albany Country Club before becoming the executive chef of Z Cucina in Grandview.

His wife helped his career again when she met Savage at a fundraiser.

"(Robin) and Hayley hit if off and it was almost like fate," he said.

Hyde said when he learned about ella, he felt "like a kid in a candy store."

"This is something New Albany has needed for a long time," he said. "We're going to do great things out here."

Hyde said the plan is to have a place that is not pretentious and would appeal to parents who want to eat out with their children, as well as parents who want to celebrate their anniversary sans children.

Hyde already has talked to local vendors to procure locally made cheeses and farm-raised beef and pork.

"We want to use as much locally sourced produce as I can get on the menu," he said.

He said getting local produce would be difficult in the winter, but he said he's accepted that the menu will have to change, based on availability. Meats and proteins also change with the seasons, Hyde said, with braising and roasting more prevalent in fall and winter.

"As the seasons change, the menu will change, with the produce and spices," he said.

An example of an appetizer at ella is an almond-crusted mozzarella cheese topped with sage pesto and prosciutto, with the cheese made in-house at the restaurant. The menu will have salads, including one with fresh beets, candied walnuts, apple and fennel.

However, Hyde is most excited about the sandwiches.

"I'm a huge white tablecloth guy in my background, but the thought that I can have a hamburger at work is awesome," he said. "I would eat sandwiches all day, every day, if I could. There's nothing better than meat and cheese stuffed between bread."

Besides burgers, Hyde hopes to make such sandwiches as a salmon BLT with tarragon aioli and brioche.

For dinner, the menu will feature Lake Erie walleye and shortribs. Hyde said no one makes shortribs like he does; he said he uses a rather old method he's not sharing.

Desserts will be made on site, as well, and accented by Jeni's Ice Cream. Hyde said he is planning a caramel apple bread pudding and a chocolate cheesecake with a pretzel coating and banana compote.

Savage said ella is expected to open sometime in November.

"We are hoping and planning to be open before Thanksgiving," she said.

Schottenstein will manage the restaurant, and its operation will be connected with the Hayley Gallery, which is scheduled to open Sept. 13.

"I think it's going to be amazing," Hyde said. "There's no concept like it."

Savage said the gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays until the restaurant opens.

"Once the restaurant opens, we plan on having hours to mimic, as much as we can, the hours of the restaurant," she said. "We want people to come into the gallery when they are waiting on a table."

The Hayley Gallery will continue to have art shows once a month featuring local and state artists. The gallery will not have a guest artist in September, but Savage has lined up several shows through the end of the year. In October, Trish Weeks of Cincinnati will show her oils on canvas. In November, Todd Buschur of Urbana will have mixed media on display, and in December, New Albany artist Laurie Clements will show her oil paintings and mixed media.

The partners and several community members are excited about the possibilities when the gallery and restaurant open.

"The 9,000 employees who work in New Albany each day want additional restaurant options and often leave the city to get them," said New Albany Mayor Nancy Ferguson. "Ella will change that with its close proximity to the New Albany business park and its fresh, local food options. It is just what our employees and residents have been asking for."