Healthy fast-casual restaurant opens in former Talita's and Graffiti Burger spot


Acre Farm-To-Table opened this weekend in Clintonville (OK, fine Old North), giving the area a fast-casual, healthy dining option. Photos byCatherine Murray/Photo Kitchen.

Acre Farm-To-Table held its soft opening this past weekend and will launch regular hours later this week. The restaurant is located at 2700 N. High St., former site of Talita's and Graffiti Burger, at the border of Clintonville and Old North. The restaurant has been completely re-done in natural colors: blue menu boards, white tile, wooden tabletops.

Acre uses a fast-casual model focused on foods that are organic, free range, locally sourced and made from scratch whenever possible. Acre's mission is to replicate the ease of fast casual or fast food dining but with a healthier menu.

The menu includes bowls, wraps, salads and tacos. Flavor profiles range from Thai (brown rice, vegetables and peanut sauce) to Mole (roasted mushrooms, veggies, mole and avocado cream) to BBQ (roasted sweet potatoes, veggies and stone fruit BBQ sauce). Sides and snacks are creative and flavorful, too: sweet or savory popcorn, kale chips, curried cauliflower, edamame hummus.

The drink menu features sodas with different fruit juices, spritzers, mild vinegars and soda water, plus New Orleans-style coffee, tea and smoothies.

There are desserts, too, as well as a kid's menu that can put healthy minded parents at ease. Kids can dine on mini bowls, grilled chicken skewers, little quesadillas and more.

Acre is headed up by Todd Mills, Colleen Yuhn and Chris Billingsley. Collectively they bring together experiences working for organizations like Local Matters, The Greener Grocer and Northstar Cafe.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus." He's a regular contributor to Columbus Crave, and leads breakfast tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.