Plus, a sneak peek at the restaurant's current menu


The Chintz Room reopened Downtown Monday. Photo by Tim Johnson.

A little bit of Columbus history has come back to life. The latest Columbus Food League venture - The Chintz Room - held a soft opening Monday night. The restaurant is located at 121 S. High St. in the old Lazarus building, across from the Columbus Commons.

Owners Liz Lessner, Michael Hermick and their team are re-fashioning many of the old Chintz Room's original recipes, including their chicken salad and celery dressing. The original Chintz Room was on the fifth floor of the Lazarus department store; the restaurant closed in 1998. The new version - which is currently open for dinner hours with a limited menu - is located at street level on High Street.

Many of the restaurant decorations are pieces salvaged from the old iteration of the restaurant. They were placed in storage and added alongside donated items from other now-gone downtown businesses.

The full menu has yet to be released (Editor's note: we managed to grab a picture of what's available now, which you can see below), but early peeks have included chicken salad sandwiches and a sweet onion dip. The restaurant opened for special events earlier this month, including a political fundraising party and a special lunch served to members of the Lazarus family.