Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is also involved in the project.

Cleveland-based Forward Hospitality Group is teaming up with James Beard award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer on a concept opening at 906 N. High St., formerly home to RAM Restaurant & Brewery in the Short North. The 9,000-square-foot brewpub closed last June after less than two years.

Forward Hospitality Group owns a variety of restaurants and nightlife venues, including the burger spot FlipSide at Easton as well as FWD Day + Nightclub, Belle & Flower, Magnolia (a doughnut shop and speakeasy) and other concepts in the Cleveland area.

Sawyer, who has long been rumored to be interested in opening a business in Columbus, owns The Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat in Cleveland, his hometown. He won the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes. 

In Forward Hospitality’s announcement on social media, it named two other partners in the project: Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and Aldo Narcisi, whose LinkedIn profile lists Forward Entertainment Group and baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians. Kipnis later posted the news on his own social media accounts. 

We’ve reached out to Forward Hospitality for additional details.

COLUMBUS!! Excited to announce my first project is on its way and I can’t wait for you guys to see it! Lucky enough to be teaming up with @BobbyRutter @Aldo__Narcisi and the man @chefsawyer !!
You guys are gonna love it!!
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— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) April 17, 2019