The Upper Crust closes its downtown location

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 4:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Upper Crust on Elm Street closed Sunday, making room for a new Italian restaurant.

Loyal customers of the downtown Upper Crust can still enjoy its bakery, salads and entrees at the Green Meadows location, at 3107 Green Meadows Way.

Adam Guy, the owner of The Upper Crust restaurants said they had been considering consolidating the two Upper Crusts for a while.

He said consolidating the two locations will increase efficiency, and still allow them to maintain catering operations at Elm Street Ballroom.

"We feel it a great opportunity to be able to consolidate our restaurants under one roof, and bring a new restaurant to downtown Columbia," Guy said.

An Italian restaurant named Umbria - Rustic Italian will open in mid-August.

Umbria's owner and executive chef Tony Hudson said they will serve "rustic central Italian cuisine." Umbria is named after Italy's central farming region.

Hudson used to be the executive chef of Cornerstone Cafe and Grand Cru, and was the general manager of The Upper Crust.

The restaurant renovations are expected to be completed by Aug. 1, and will not affect events scheduled at the Elm Street Ballroom. The Ballroom will continue to be managed by The Upper Crust, according to a news release.

Supervising editor is Mary Ryan.

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