Cameron Mitchell Facts


Founded by Cameron Mitchell in 1993, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, LLC (CMR) has built a diverse portfolio of varied concepts, ranging from multi-location upscale destinations to single neighborhood favorites. Today, CMR operates 32 restaurants under 15 different concepts, including Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, which oversees five venues in Columbus. The Ocean Prime concept has 14 locations in 12 states. The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 23 locations in six states. CMR and the various concepts have received numerous culinary, leadership, entrepreneur, community service and readers’ choice awards. For more information, visit

Mitchell, a renowned visionary in the restaurant industry, will share his story and the wisdom he has gained through the years later this fall with the release of his new book “Yes is the Answer. What is the Question?”, available November 13. Pre-orders are being accepted at Mitchell will visit the Barnes & Noble at Easton Town Center in Columbus on November 13 at 6:00 p.m. for a book signing.

Founding Date: October 5, 1993
Corporate Office: 390 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215, 614.621.3663,
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
Founder: Cameron Mitchell


Recent awards and accomplishments include…

• Top 10 Best Restaurants in Columbus: The Guild House – 2019: Columbus Monthly Restaurant Guide
• 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America: Mitchell’s Ocean Club – 2018: Open Table
• 25 Innovative Multi-Concept Groups Award 2018: Restaurant Hospitality
• 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out: The Pearl – 2018
• Best Restaurant (Polaris/Westerville): Marcella’s – 2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Short North/Italian Village/Victorian Village): The Pearl – 2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest
• Best Asian: Molly Woo’s – 2017: Columbus Alive “Best of Columbus”
• Best Italian & Best Small Plates: Marcella’s – 2015-2017: Columbus Alive “Best of Columbus”
• Best Grandview Restaurant: Cap City Fine Diner– 2015-2017: Columbus Alive “Best of Columbus”
• Best Short North Restaurant: The Pearl– 2015-2017: Columbus Alive “Best of Columbus”
• Best Neighborhood Restaurant (New Albany): Hudson 29 – 2017-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Diner: Cap City Fine Diner– 2010-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Happy Hour: Marcella’s– 2014-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Top 100 Hot Spots in America: The Avenue & The Pearl– 2017:OpenTable
• #1 Top Pick for Best Happy Hour: Marcella’s– 2017: The Dispatch Columbus Top Picks
• Best Restaurant and Best Power Lunch: Cap City Fine Diner – Columbus CEO Best of Business 2017
• FSR Magazine’s Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains: Ocean Prime and Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern – 2017
• Best New Restaurant: The Avenue Steak Tavern – 2017: Columbus Monthly
• #1 Top Pick for Diner: Cap City Fine Diner & Bar – 2016: The Dispatch Columbus Top Picks
• #1 Top Pick for Columbus Local Dining Restaurant: Cap City Fine Diner & Bar – 2016: The Dispatch Columbus Top Picks
• Top 3 Pick for Italian Restaurant: Marcella’s – 2016: The Dispatch Columbus Top Picks
• Top 3 Pick for Seafood Restaurant: Mitchell’s Ocean Club – 2016: The Dispatch Columbus Top Picks
• Ten Best Restaurants: The Guild House – 2016 & 2017: Columbus Monthly
• Best New Restaurant: The Guild House – 2016: Columbus Monthly
• Best Steakhouses in America: The Avenue Steak Tavern & Ocean Prime Boston – 2016: Open Table
• Best Caterer: Cameron Mitchell Premier Events – 2016: Columbus CEO’s Best of Business: Meetings & Events Poll
• Wine Spectator Award of Excellence: Mitchell’s Ocean Club, Ocean Prime – 2008- 2018, M – 2011-2018, The Barn – 2015-2018, Hudson 29 Upper Arlington – 2015- 2018, Hudson 29 New Albany– 2018, The Avenue 2018
• Best Happy Hour: Marcella’s – 2016: Best of the ‘Bus Awards
• Best Neighborhood Restaurant (New Albany): Cap City Fine Diner – 2016-2017:614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Neighborhood (Upper Arlington / Grandview: Cap City Fine Diner – 2016- 2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Neighborhood (Gahanna/Easton): The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek – 2017-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Overall Restaurant: M at Miranova – 2017: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Cocktail Bar: M at Miranova – 2015-2017: Columbus Monthly Best of Columbus – Readers Pick
• Best Bloody Mary: The Pearl – 2014-2016 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Bartender, Chris Dehlavi: M – 2010-2016 & 2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Comfort Food Restaurant: Cap City Fine Diner & Bar – 2015-2017: Columbus Monthly Best of Columbus – Readers Pick
• Best Italian & Best Happy Hour: Marcella’s – 2015-2017: Columbus Monthly Best of Columbus – Readers Pick
• Best Happy Hour: Marcella’s – 2016: Best of the ‘Bus Awards
• Best Italian: Marcella’s – 2015-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Four Diamond Rating: M – 2006-2018: AAA
• Best Catering Company – 2015-2016; Columbus CEO’s Best of Business


February 2008: Sold 19 Mitchell’s Fish Market and three Mitchell’s Steakhouse to Ruth’s Hospitality Group; now owned by Landry’s
June 2008: First Ocean Prime branded restaurant opens in Troy, MI
October 2014: Ocean Prime Beverly Hills opened
October 2015: Ocean Prime New York City opened, officially giving CMR a coast-to-coast footprint
2017: More than 2.5 million guests served through CMR’s 30 restaurants
December 7, 2017: Ocean Prime’s culinary team cooks at James Beard House
September 2017: Marcella’s opened in Denver, CO; first specialty concept to open outside Ohio
January 2018: Nation’s Restaurant News includes Cameron Mitchell in The Power List 2018’s Reader Picks
March 2018: Columbus State Community College announces CMR’s $2.5 million gift toward Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts building. Cameron Mitchell is chair of the philanthropic campaign
April 2018: Cameron Mitchell speaks at Harvard Business School
October 2018: 25th Anniversary


Cap City Fine Diner & Bar (Dublin, Gahanna and Grandview)
Cameron’s American Bistro (Worthington)
Harvey & Ed’s
Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink (Upper Arlington and New Albany)
M (Downtown)
Marcella’s Ristorante (Short North)
Marcella’s Italian Kitchen (Polaris and Denver, CO)
Martini Modern Italian (Short North)
Mitchell’s Ocean Club (Easton Town Center)
Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro (Polaris Fashion Place)
The Avenue Steak Tavern (Grandview and Dublin)
The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek (Gahanna)
The Guild House (Short North)
The Pearl Restaurant, Tavern & Oyster Room (Short North)
Ocean Prime (Beverly Hills, Boston, Columbus (Mitchell’s Ocean Club), Dallas, Denver, Detroit/Troy, Indianapolis, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa, Washington D.C., Naples)

2018/2019 Openings
Ocean Prime Tech Center (Denver, CO) Coming Fall 2018
Budd Dairy Food Hall (Columbus, OH) – Coming Spring 2019
Ocean Prime Chicago (The Shops at LondonHouse) – Coming Spring 2019


Home Office: 79
Catering and Events: 240
Front of House: 1,696
Heart of House: 879
Managers: 293
Total: 2,912


Cameron Mitchell: Founder and Chief Executive Office
David Miller: President and Chief Operating Officer
Stacey Connaughton: Vice President Corporate Affairs
Chuck Davis: Vice President of Human Resources
Brian Hinshaw: Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage, Executive Corporate Chef
Chuck Kline: Senior Vice President of Operations
Heather Leonard: Vice President of Marketing
Diane Smullen: Chief Financial Officer
Wayne A. Schick: Senior Vice President of Store Planning & Procurement
Steve Weis: Vice President of Development
Gary Callicoat: President, Rusty Bucket Tavern and Restaurant

About Cameron Mitchell Premier Events

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events (CMPE) began in 2001 and is an established premier caterer in Columbus and Central Ohio. CMPE is far more than a catering company—as a premier catering and event planning company, CMPE expertly plans,
designs and coordinates each and every detail of the event. CMPE has five exclusive venues: The Ivory Room, the Darby House, The Exchange at Bridge Park, Laurel Run Farm, and Hawk Galleries, as well as numerous relationships with many venues around Central Ohio. CMPE can provide event planning for any event from weddings, to corporate events and social events. For more information, visit or call 614.848.4700.

About Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern

Rusty Bucket is a casual American restaurant and tavern, a gathering place where people come to share laughter, smiles, and great conversation over food that makes everyone happy. Satisfying and familiar, the menu is classic American fare, thoughtfully prepared from scratch by each location’s Executive Chef. Cocktails are considered a craft, made-to-order by highly-skilled bartenders. From barrel to glass, no short cuts are taken with the carefully selected beer list. The perfect draft is guaranteed. Join us for lunch, grab a drink after work, bring the kids for dinner – we’ve got a seat for you!

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Rusty Bucket, a sister company of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, was founded in 2002 and currently operates 23 locations in Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina and Colorado. Rusty Bucket is a nationally-recognized brand with recent accolades, including Technomic’s Top 500 Leading U.S. Chain Restaurants, FSR 50’s Top 10 Fast Growing, High-Performing Chains, ranked on Restaurant Business’ Future 50 list, and received the 2017 VIBE Vista Awards for Best Spirits and Best Overall Beverage Program. Rusty Bucket was also named by Nation’s Restaurant News as a 2014 Breakout Brand. For more information, visit or call 614.621.1105.

About Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. The award-winning Ocean Prime delivers an extraordinary experience with stunning settings, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality. From the kitchen and bar, there is an appreciation for ingredients that comes through in every dish. The menu is classic and yet there is a modern sensibility to the preparations which range from lighter fare like a shellfish cobb salad and sushi, or more indulgent items like a smoking shellfish tower, juicy steaks and decadent desserts. Each Ocean Prime location is dramatically designed and inspired by the unique energy of the city where it’s located. With stunning spaces, luxe details and truly exceptional service, Ocean Prime is an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge. For more information, visit

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Our Restaurants

The Avenue
The Barn
Budd Dairy
Cameron's American Bistro
Cap City
Cameron Mitchell Premier Events
Del Mar SoCal Kitchen
The Guild House
Harvey & Ed's
Hudson 29
Lincoln Social Rooftop
Martini Modern Italian
Molly Woo's
Ocean Club
Ocean Prime
The Pearl
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390 W. Nationwide Blvd.   |   Columbus, Ohio 43215   |   614.621.3663