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Decade Old Short North Cocktail Bar Closing Due To New Development

In a heartfelt announcement on Facebook, the popular Columbus bar MOUTON revealed that it will be closing permanently. Nestled at 954 N High St, MOUTON has been a fixture in the local cocktail scene, known for its vibrant atmosphere and quality drinks.

Owner Jonathan Klingler, who shepherded the establishment through more than ten years of operation, shared his bittersweet feelings about the closure on social media. “After over a decade of laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories, we must announce that we are closing for good,” the post began, marking the end of an era for the Columbus community.

The decision to close comes not from a lack of success or desire to continue but due to the non-renewal of their lease to make way for new development in the area. A final closing date is yet to be announced and is expected in the coming weeks.

cocktail at mouton
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Reflecting on the journey, Klingler wrote, “When Todd and I acquired MOUTON all those years ago we never could have imagined the incredible journey that lay ahead.” From its modest beginnings, MOUTON grew into a “cherished cornerstone of the Columbus cocktail community,” cherished for its crafted cocktails and warm, inviting atmosphere.

The bar has become a staple for craft cocktail lovers. “To our loyal patrons, thank you for being the heartbeat of this establishment. Your support, laughter, and shared stories have made MOUTON not just a place to enjoy cocktails, but a community—a family,” Klingler expressed.

mouton cocktail bar
via Facebook

The owners also extended a heartfelt thanks to their staff, whose creativity and dedication played a crucial role in the bar’s success over the years. “To our dedicated staff, past and present, thank you for your hard work, creativity, and passion. You’ve poured your heart and soul into every cocktail,” the Facebook post acknowledged.

As MOUTON prepares to close its doors, the owners and staff are left with gratitude and a treasure trove of memories. Jonathan Klingler’s parting words encapsulate the emotional farewell: “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing MOUTON to be a part of your lives. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community, and I will carry these memories of MOUTON with me always.”