NEWARK – Operations Manager Janice LoRaso has announced a new development for Newark foodies: a restaurant collaboration with Snapshots Lounge owner Lucas Atwood.

The Works’ new restaurant called Snapshots Socialwill is located in downtown Newark at 50 S. 2nd Street. Snapshots Social offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch with specially crafted menu items by Lindsay Atwood, a local dietitian and organic food enthusiast. Snapshots Social is currently scheduled to open in mid-July 2021. Preliminary opening times are scheduled Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with occasional pop-up dinner times.

That news comes months after the 12-year-old local deli, The Grill Works Deli, closed in February 2021.

“This is a partnership that could grow,” says LoRaso. “We wanted to work with a restaurant that works from farm to table and grows its own herbs and vegetables. The building is near the market and is a new option for Newark. “

The Works is installing the Smithsonian touring exhibition Habitat, which opens on June 5, 2021.

Snapshots Social will also include an al fresco dining option next to The Works’ garden courtyard. The plants will celebrate their 25th anniversary on June 5th with the opening of the garden to the public. The urban oasis includes additional plants, trees, new hardscaping, and installations by local artists. Events and educational programs for children and their families are also held in the courtyard. The work aims to emphasize the importance of outdoor spaces for families, especially after the pandemic.

The works will install signs, sculptures and new landscaping for the Habitat exhibition.

Atwood founded the Snapshots Lounge in 2011 on 1320 Weaver Dr. in Granville. The restaurant is a chic sandwich with eclectic decorations for a unique experience. After the location got on well, Atwood opened Snapshots Coffee & Kitchen in 2019, which serves family specialty recipe cookies, baked goods and coffee for breakfast and brunch. Each place will work together to make fresh goods like baked goods, handmade soups, and coffee to serve.

Planters filled with herbs and plants line the outdoor deck, where Snapshots Social customers can dine with a view of the Works' Habitat exhibit.

The purpose of Snapshots Social is to bring people back together when the pandemic wears off due to vaccinations and to support healthy lifestyles. They’ll make kids takeaway lunchbox items with a healthier alternative that won’t turn kids away.

“We want to invite people to social interaction and have a pleasant, inviting feeling. We encourage people to be social after this period of isolation, ”Atwood said.

The works are currently open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests are asked to reserve a time slot by purchasing tickets online. The Works is a Smithsonian affiliate located at 55 S. 1st Street, Newark, Ohio 43055. For more information, visit attheworks.org.

“There are lots of great ideas to discover and we look forward to working with them,” says LaRaso.

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