The owners of two popular Ohio-based restaurants are closing up shop and heading to Detroit. Chef Magdiale Wolmark and his wife Cristin Austin operate Till Dynamic Fare, a farm-to-table restaurant, and Izzy & Mo's Luncheonette, a deli serving house-made bagels and sandwiches, near the Ohio State campus in Columbus. The couple announced this month that they are shuttering both restaurants this spring and intend to move to Detroit to start a new eatery.
In a statement to Eater, Austin says the move was prompted mainly by necessity. Their children began attending the Waldorf School in Detroit several years ago and the couple has been commuting between Ohio and Michigan ever since. "Going back and forth, we have had opportunities to see parts of Michigan, and have been really turned on by the agriculture, the warmth of the people, the general magical vibes Michigan has to offer," she says. The pair plan to spend the next few months wrapping up their projects in Columbus and getting more familiar with the city of Detroit and don't have any firm plans yet for their next venture.
Till Dynamic Fare, its original incarnation Dragonfly, and Izzy & Mo's each expressed the couple's passion for art, farming, and social justice through food. Austin say their project in Detroit will continue in that tradition. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.