Balaton Hungarian Restaurant Has Found a New Home in Bainbridge

The owners hope to re-open sometime this holiday season

click to enlarge Veal crepe at Balaton - Emanual Wallace
Emanual Wallace
Veal crepe at Balaton

As promised, the closure of Balaton restaurant was only temporary. When the restaurant closed its doors at Shaker Square earlier this year, owner Krisztina Ponti pledged to find a new home for the beloved Hungarian restaurant.

“It’s an extremely emotional time for us,” Krisztina stated. “It is not the end, but it is the end over here on Shaker Square.”

We are thrilled to report that Krisztina and George Ponti indeed have secured a new east-side location. This latest iteration will land in Bainbridge, specifically in Market Square at the corner of Rt. 306 and E. Washington. The goal is to be open sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they say.

This will be the fourth location for Balaton since Therezia Olah launched the restaurant on Buckeye Road in the early 1960s.

Since closing in January, Balaton essentially has been operating as a ghost kitchen. The dining room at Shaker Square is buttoned up tight, but the owners are still accepting take-out orders, which are picked up at the nearby Hungarian Church. Customers can order food by calling the old number (216-921-9691) between Monday and Thursday for pickup Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

We'll announce opening day when we know it. 

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For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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