Thursday, June 9, 2022

Gypsy Kitchen closes, leaving Columbia Market House without an anchor restaurant

Just over a year after it reopened following a $3.5 million renovation, the beleaguered Columbia Market House can now add "anchor restaurant" to a list of needs that includes a new market manager and a slate of new vendors.

Gypsy Kitchen, the 100-seat restaurant that operated out of the Market House at 15 S. 3rd St. in Columbia announced Thursday that it is closed for good.

"We could not sustain our business any longer,' read a statement posted on Gypsy Kitchen's Facebook page.

The departure of Gypsy Kitchen leaves Columbia Borough officials with a big space to fill at the Saturday-only market house they will soon need to manage itself. CHI St. Joseph Children's Health, which helped lead the reopening of the market and had agreed to manage it for five years, will leave its management role June 30.

Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz said Gypsy Kitchen, which offered a rotating menu of American and international dishes, was "a great business, and we're really sorry to see them leave."

"But at the same token, I will recognize the fact that it just didn't go over in the market," Lutz said. "You may have a product that's wonderful, but if it's not what the folks coming in want, you won't succeed."

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