Elford seamlessly expanded the Donatos location, making it 5x bigger and maintaining business throughout the entire process.
Elford Development approached Chairwoman Jane Grote Abell and CEO Tom Krouse about exploring an opportunity to maximize their Short North site’s potential by increasing the size of the current buildings’ footprint. The constraints for Donatos included staying open during the entire process, maintaining the drive-thru lane at all times and developing a new store design showcasing an urban look. The constraints for the property owners (Grote family members) included maximizing the overall cash flow and not disrupting store operations. The constraints for the Italian Village Commission was to develop plans for a new building that would fit within the framework of the neighborhood while not being a burden to the neighborhood (i.e. increased parking demands due to a large new micro-brewery and restaurant).
Elford Development was able to achieve all goals set forth for the new project. The results were as follows:
Donatos | RAM Brewing Short North
920 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201