Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

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Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Industry Hospitality
Founded 1993
Founder Cameron Mitchell
Headquarters Columbus, OH, United States

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is a restaurant company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. It owns restaurants under various names, many of which are located in Central Ohio. It formerly included the Mitchell's Steakhouse and Mitchell's Fish Market brands, but sold both of these concepts along with one Cameron's Steakhouse location to Ruth's Chris in February 2008.[1] The Ocean Prime concept opened in Troy, Michigan in June 2008 and has locations in Columbus, OH (under the name Mitchell's Ocean Club), Orlando, FL, Phoenix, AZ, Tampa, FL, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Atlanta, GA and Indianapolis, IN. Other locations will open in Philadelphia, PA and Houston, TX in 2013 and 2014.[2] Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has also recently announced plans to open a new concept in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, OH in 2013.[3] The company also manages and co-owns a sister company, Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern[4]

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants[edit]

Cameron Mitchell, President and Founder[edit]

Cameron Mitchell is president and founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, in Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell gained notoriety in the restaurant industry in 2008, when two of the company’s concepts: Mitchell’s/Columbus Fish Market and Mitchell’s/Cameron’s Steakhouse—a total of 22 units—sold to Ruth’s Hospitality Group for $92 million.[18][19]

Mitchell is a 1986 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), where he is currently the first alumnus to hold the position of Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees.[20] He is also the school’s largest alumni donor.[20]

In 1993, Mitchell began Cameron Mitchell Restaurants by opening its first concept, Cameron’s American Bistro.[21][22] As a result of the development of several new concepts and expansion of its more popular concepts, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants became a 33-unit, multi-concept operation with locations in nine states.[18] Before the sale of its two biggest concepts in 2008, the company’s annual sales surpassed $120 million.[23]

9 Cameron Mitchell Restaurants remains independent and privately held, with 9 concepts and 19 units, including the steakhouse and seafood restaurant, Ocean Prime, as well as a separate catering company and sister company, The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern.[24]

Awards & Recognitions[edit]

  • Entrepreneur of the Year, 1999 - Ernst & Young[25]
  • Small Business Person of the Year, 1999 - U.S. Small Business Administration[26]
  • Golden Chain Award, 2009 - Nation's Restaurant News[27]
  • Silver Plate Award, 2007 - International Foodservice Manufacturers Association[28]
  • Commitment to People Award, 2007 - The Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART)[29]


  1. ^ "Cameron Mitchell Biography", Cameron Mitchell Website, 2012-04-03
  2. ^ "Menus and Locations", Cameron Mitchell Website, 2012-5-8
  3. ^ Tim Feran, "Gastropub headed to Short North", The Columbus Dispatch, 2012-4-6
  4. ^ "Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, The Columbus Dispatch, 2007-11-7
  5. ^ "Cameron's American Bistro", Cameron's American Bistro Website, 2012-5-8
  6. ^ "Cameron Mitchell Catering", Cameron Mitchell Premier Events Website, 2012-5-8
  7. ^ "Cap City Fine Diner & Bar", Cap City Fine Diner & Bar Website, 2012-5-8
  8. ^ "M at Miranova", M at Miranova Website, 2012-5-8
  9. ^ "The Guild House", The Guild house
  10. ^ "Marcella's", Marcella's Website, 2012-5-8
  11. ^ "Martini Modern Italian", Martini Modern Italian Website, 2012-5-8
  12. ^ "Mitchell's Ocean Club", Mitchell's Ocean Club Website, 2012-5-8
  13. ^ "Molly Woo's", Molly Woo's Website, 2012-5-8
  14. ^ "Ocean Prime", Ocean Prime Website, 2012-5-8
  15. ^ "Cameron Mitchell taking Ocean Prime to Boston," Boston Business Journal, Feb. 5, 2015
  16. ^ "The Pearl | Restaurant, Tavern & Oyster room", The Pearl | Restaurant, Tavern & Oyster room Website, 2013-3-5
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ a b "Cameron Mitchell '86, President of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants", Food is Life, 2012
  19. ^ Monique Curet, "Ruth's Chris chain to buy Cameron Mitchell's fish, steak restaurants", The Columbus Dispatch, 2007-11-6
  20. ^ a b "CIA Grad is New Chairman of the Board", The Culinary Institute of America - News, 2012
  21. ^ Dustin Smith, "Cameron's American Bistro", The Columbus Magazine, 2008
  22. ^ "Cameron Mitchell considers a sale of Fish Market", Nation's Restaurant News, 2007-6-7
  23. ^ Monique Curet, "Trying some new recipes", The Columbus Dispatch, 2007-11-11
  24. ^ "History", Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, 2012
  25. ^ "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year South Central Ohio & Kentucky Past National Finalists, Ernst & Young, 2012
  26. ^ "Cameron Mitchell named business person of the year", Business First, 1999-5-24
  27. ^ "Nation's Restaurant News Names Golden Chain Winners", The Culinary Institute of America, 2009
  28. ^ "The 2007 winners of IFMAs Silver Plate Awards have been selected by the Silver Plate Jury", Food Management, 2007-2-14
  29. ^ "Commitment to People Award",, 2012

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