The Whitney House – Decadent Bistro Flavor, Sunday Dinner Feel


whitney housewhitney house 3The Whitney House, Worthington's newest restaurant, was born during casual Christmas-dinner conversation at co-founder Ian Brown's house a little more than a year ago. Last month it opened with rave reviews. Brown is no stranger to the restaurant industry. In fact, he spent the last 20 years working in managerial roles with the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group. When a friend told him about retail space that would soon be available in Old Worthington, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to open a restaurant in his beloved hometown.

To make it happen, Brown enlisted the help of long-time friend and accomplished chef, Maxwell (Max) Avon. Avon boasts an impressive resume, including his most recent gig as the executive sous chef at Lindey’s in German Village. He brings a unique vision to the restaurant, creating rustic-yet-refined American comfort food with his own personal spin. Together they worked on menu creation, often camping out in Brown’s kitchen to test and re-test dishes for days on end.

“We set out to create a menu full of food that we ourselves love to eat and an environment where our family and friends would want to gather," Brown said. After all, the restaurant is named after a home on Whitney Street in Worthington where Brown and his wife spent many years gathering with friends around a table filled with good food.

“Worthington is a special place for both of us, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received so far – from friends and family in this community and throughout the city of Columbus,” said Brown. “There are a number of restaurants in Columbus that, for us, are worth the drive. We hope The Whitney House becomes one of those places as well."

Remaining true to their roots, Brown and Avon use locally sourced ingredients in many of their dishes, including burgers made from Ohio beef, produce from a local greenhouse, and a rotating selection of Ohio-brewed beers. The restaurant, located at 666 High St. in Old Worthington, is open Tuesday through Sunday, offering lunch, dinner, a kid’s menu and a weekend brunch. Stop in and say hello or check out the menu today at

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