Food News: Boxwood Biscuit Co. to close Jan. 30

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Erin Edwards
Tyler Minnis, left, with Annie Williams Pierce and Luke Pierce at the Boxwood Biscuit Co. space in the Short North, which is set to close on Jan. 30.

The owners of Boxwood Biscuit Co., a relative newcomer on the local dining scene, announced that the Short North eatery at 19 W. Russell St. would close permanently. Its last day of business will be Sunday, Jan. 30.  

“We knew we took a big risk when we officially opened Boxwood on Russell Street in March, but we were full of ambition, hope, and drive that we could overcome anything. Sadly 2021 got the best of us,” the announcement stated. “Like countless other businesses, we faced supply chain issues, staffing shortages, skyrocketing product costs, and a yo-yoing pandemic that kept our new business in a constant state of fight or flight." 

Boxwood Biscuit Co. started out as a brunch pop-up and a means of survival amid the pandemic for Law Bird, the cocktail and wine bar founded by Luke Pierce and Annie Williams Pierce. By slinging scratch-made biscuit sandwiches and brunch bowls out of Law Bird’s back door in the Brewery District, Boxwood helped the young bar keep money coming in while it was shut down because of COVID-19. The brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in the Short North in March 2021. 

The couple’s friend and business partner, chef Tyler Minnis, developed Boxwood’s signature biscuits and crispy fried chicken. Minnis also runs the kitchen at Law Bird, which remains open along with the Pierces’ new carryout shop Law Bird Supply House