Cajun-style restaurant planned in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA — A family from Louisiana are hoping to bring Cajun-style food to the city with a new restaurant to be known as The Big Easy.

Daniel and Christina Patrick presented their plans to the city’s planning commission on Tuesday.

Mr. Patrick said the family has lived in Dover the last five years and are planning to move to the city. This is the family’s first restaurant venture, although Mr. Patrick said his parents owned and operated four restaurants while he was growing up.

“I basically grew up in the kitchen,” he said.

The restaurant will be located at 8 South Main St. and will feature lunch and dinner first, with breakfast to be added to the menu later, Mr. Patrick said.

The restaurant will also serve non-Cajun style food, like burgers and other dishes, and Mr. Patrick said they are in the process of applying for a liquor license to serve alcohol with dinner.

The commission approved the site plan review for the restaurant.

The family hopes to have a soft opening sometime in October or November.

The commission also approved a site plan review for the Olde Clutter’d Corner Antiques at 103 S. Main St. that will sell repurposed antiques.

Shane Miller presented the plans to the commission, and said it will be the fourth location for his family’s stores. The other three, the Clutter’d Hutch, Clutter’d Cupboard, and Clutter’d Workshop, are located in East Palestine.

“All three of our stores are full of vendors. We are hoping to carry on the tradition here,” Miller said.

The Olde Clutter’d Corner Antiques originally started out in the city as a pop-up shop, but Miller said they have signed a lease for a long-term business.

“We started as a pop-up but we don’t plan on leaving,” he said.

He added that the first floor of the building will be mostly sales of their items while the second floor will feature about 10 percent resale items and the remainder will be rented out to other vendors.

He also said that about 15 percent of the downstairs will be dedicated to a light food vendor.