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Broadway’s Table 219 Gets a New Owner, Name

Executive chef Jeffrey Wilson takes the reins.

By Christopher Werner October 5, 2011

Jeffrey Wilson takes over Table 219.

Changes are afoot at Broadway comfort food den Table 219, a favorite among this city’s brunch-going set.

Executive chef Jeffrey Wilson has bought out business partners Gary Snyder and Stacey Hettinger and will assume sole ownership November 1. Snyder and Hettinger also own Geraldine’s Counter in Columbia City, and will focus their efforts there.

When reached by phone Wednesday afternoon Wilson said he has no plans to rework the menu—news sure to please 219’s many Saturday and Sunday regulars. If anything he’ll add a few new dishes. Wilson will, however, make changes to the interior to “better fit what we do food-wise,” to give it a more “industrial, Americana” vibe, he said. He also mentioned revamping the bar area.

Another change: the name. Around the first of December Table 219 will become Americana. That’s also when Wilson plans to start renovations but said he won’t shut down the restaurant during the transition.

For some time Wilson, who’s been with 219 since it opened and worked at its former incarnation, El Greco, has been looking to branch out and “do his own thing.” Ultimately the handover proved too good a deal to turn down.

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