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December 05, 2012
The Pearl Restaurant Leadership Team Named
First new concept in five years for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants will open in February 2013
COLUMBUS (December 5, 2012): Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ (CMR) first new concept to be introduced in five years – The Pearl – has named its general manager and executive chef. The two leaders have been appointed to oversee final details for the restaurant, which is scheduled to open in Columbus’ Short North Arts District on February 5, 2013.
Two CMR veterans have been tapped to lead operations at The Pearl. Amberlyn Heiney, who currently serves as assistant general manager of Marcella’s in the Short North, will serve as general manager of The Pearl. Peter Chapman, who most recently served as executive chef of Martini Modern Italian in the Short North, will oversee the kitchen and menu as executive chef at The Pearl.
Heiney and Chapman are the first named to the management team of the long-anticipated new CMR concept, a restaurant, tavern and oyster room with American and European influences, serving made-from-scratch food, classically inspired cocktails and a diverse collection of unique lagers, ales and stouts. A casual “gastropub” sure to become a coveted dining destination in central Ohio, The Pearl will be set in a warm, artisan-style tavern mirroring early 20th century vintage urban design. The 5,194 square foot restaurant has occupancy for 185 guests.
“Our team is awaiting the opening of The Pearl with a great deal of excitement,” said Cameron Mitchell, president and founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. “We believe this new concept is just the right complement to our current concepts, and that it truly will be a jewel in the Short North. I am so pleased that Peter and Amberlyn, both of whom are exceptional restaurant professionals and genuine assets to our company, are leading the management of The Pearl.”
Heiney, who has more than 20 years of restaurant experience and resides in the Upper Arlington community, joined Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in 2007, and has held several management positions at Marcella’s in the Short North. A graduate of The Ohio State University, she cites her time at CMR as the reason she chose a career in hospitality. She is thrilled to remain in the Short North for her new position with The Pearl, because of the area’s energy and vibrance.
Chapman’s career at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants began in September 2004. He held positions at M, as executive chef at Martini Modern Italian and as executive chef at Marcella’s Italian Kitchen at Polaris before being named executive chef at The Pearl. Inspired by the culinary passions of his father, Chapman credits his parents with encouraging him to pursue a hospitality career. A resident of Old Towne East, he graduated from Columbus State Community College with a degree in Hospitality Management and is an American Culinary Federation Certified Culinarian.
The Pearl is located at 641 North High Street in Columbus’ Short North Arts District. The restaurant will open nightly at 4 p.m. beginning February 5, 2013. Visit The Pearl online at ThePearlColumbus.com.
About Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Founded by Cameron Mitchell in 1993 in Columbus, Ohio, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC now operates 18 restaurants under eight different concepts including Cameron's American Bistro, Cap City Fine Diner & Bar, M, Marcella’s, Martini Modern Italian, Mitchell’s Ocean Club (Ocean Prime), Molly Woo's Asian Bistro, The Pearl (opening February 2013) and Cameron Mitchell Catering in Columbus. Cameron Mitchell Catering also oversees two venues in Columbus, The Darby House and The Ivory Room at Miranova. The Ocean Prime concept has locations in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Texas. The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 13 locations in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Cameron Mitchell and the various concepts have received numerous culinary, leadership, entrepreneur, community service and readers’ choice awards. For more information on Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, please visit www.cameronmitchell.com.