New concept’s origins rooted in CMR leadership team trip to Italy
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) will open Valentina’s in the Bridge Park neighborhood of Dublin, Ohio. The new concept was inspired by a 2018 trip to Italy by the CMR leadership team in which they visited the Marchesi di Barolo Winery. The 6,200 square-foot restaurant will be located at 4595 Bridge Park Avenue.
CMR executives recalled the trip, “To commemorate the opening of the first CMR restaurant, Cameron’s American Bistro in 1993, the winery owners, Anna and Ernesto Abbona served the team a 1993 Barolo from the private family collection. The once-in-a-lifetime experience was the start of an incredible partnership with the Abbona family.”
In September of the following year (2019), CMR hosted a wine dinner at Martini Modern Italian showcasing Marchesi wines. Valentina Abbona, Marchesi winemaker and owner, and the daughter of Anna and Ernesto, flew from Italy to Columbus to attend the special dinner. CMR says that Valentina’s started to be conceptualized soon afterward.
“We want guests coming to Bridge Park to be transported to Northern Italy and experience all the tastes, sounds and smells that it brings,” said David Miller, president and COO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. “The story behind Valentina’s is one that our entire leadership team holds close to our hearts. Our visit to the Piedmont Region of Italy was incredible thanks to our wonderful hosts, so we are proud to honor their family through this new concept.”
Karen Hanlon of KHA Design Inc., based in Hollywood, Fla., will be designing the new restaurant. A large patio will overlook the new pedestrian bridge linking Bridge Park with downtown Dublin.
Northern Italian-inspired cuisine, fine wines and specialty cocktails will be on the menu. Guests should expect the type of hospitality Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has built its reputation on, noted the company.
Valentina’s, 4595 Bridge Park Avenue, Dublin, OH 43017
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