Debt, rising overhead cited as Ingredient restaurant closes in Columbia

Missouri’s last Ingredient True Eatery, located in downtown Columbia across from the University of Missouri campus, officially shut its doors on Tuesday.

In an email obtained by Missouri Business Alert, restaurant management blamed “the rising costs of overhead” and “prior debts from other Ingredient stores” for the closure. The email apologized to employees for the abrupt closure.

John Ott, the owner of Alley A Realty, said the Columbia location was being operated remotely by absentee owner Barry Ogden. Ogden ran the restaurant from Kansas City, Ott said, and lost interest in the business. Ogden could not be reached for comment.

Previously named Ingredient, the restaurant was acquired in early 2015 by Kansas City restaurant group Bread & Butter Concepts, which rebranded the Columbia store and Kansas City locations as Ingredient True Eatery, offering a menu of salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Bread & Butter Concepts managed the location for around three years after its 2015 acquisition, Ott said. The company could not be reached for comment.

Two Kansas City locations closed in April 2015 and February 2016. Other Ingredient restaurants, located in Omaha, Nebraska, and Lawrence, Kansas, have also closed.

Alley A Realty has listed the property, which is just under 2,900 square feet, for $30 lease at per square foot.

Ingredient isn’t alone. Downtown restaurants West Main Pizza 2, I Am Sushi Burrito and J-Petal and Poke have all closed over the past year.

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