Two businesses, one new and one established, are moving to Main Street in New Albany.
Their plan is to provide patrons with a different kind of dining experience, one that is completely local. All of the food on your plate made with fresh, local ingredients, and all art created by local artists.
Hayley Gallery of New Albany is moving from Second Street to 270 Main St. and will adjoin a new restaurant called ella, which stands for “eat local, love art,” at 266 Main St.
Hayley Savage, owner of Hayley Gallery, has a stake in both businesses. She is partnering with Amy Schottenstein on ella and they have chosen New Albany High School graduate Travis Hyde as the restaurant’s executive chef.
Hyde said when he learned about ella, he felt “like a kid in a candy store.”
“This is something New Albany has needed for a long time,” he said. “We’re going to do great things out here.”
Hyde said the plan is to have a place that is not pretentious and would appeal to parents who want to eat out with their children, as well as parents who want to celebrate their anniversary without the children.
“We want to use as much locally sourced produce as I can get on the menu,” he said.
“As the seasons change, the menu will change, with the produce and spices,” he said.
An example of an appetizer at ella is an almond-crusted mozzarella cheese topped with sage pesto and prosciutto, with the cheese made in-house at the restaurant. The menu will have salads, including one with fresh beets, candied walnuts, apple and fennel.
Desserts will be made on site, as well, and accented by Jeni’s Ice Cream. Hyde said he is planning a caramel apple bread pudding and a chocolate cheesecake with a pretzel coating and banana compote.
Savage said ella is expected to open sometime in November.
“We are hoping and planning to be open before Thanksgiving,” she said.
“I think it’s going to be amazing,” Hyde said. “There’s no concept like it.”
Savage said the gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays until the restaurant opens.
“Once the restaurant opens, we plan on having hours to mimic, as much as we can, the hours of the restaurant,” she said. “We want people to come into the gallery when they are waiting on a table.”
The partners and several community members are excited about the possibilities when the gallery and restaurant open.
“The 9,000 employees who work in New Albany each day want additional restaurant options and often leave the city to get them,” said New Albany Mayor Nancy Ferguson. “Ella will change that with its close proximity to the New Albany business park and its fresh, local food options. It is just what our employees and residents have been asking for.”
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