The award-winning chef spoke to the Cleveland Scene about what may be on the menu at his new Short North restaurant.
In April, we were first to report that James Beard award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer was bringing a restaurant concept to the Short North, in partnership with Forward Hospitality Group and Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis. That restaurant, intended for the former Ram Restaurant & Brewery space (906 N. High St.), now has a name: SeeSaw.
Sawyer has been discreet about his plans, but the Cleveland chef recently spoke to the Cleveland Scene about both SeeSaw in the Short North and his next project in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights. Sawyer owns The Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat in Cleveland, his hometown. In 2015, he won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes.
According to the Scene, the chef views SeeSaw as “Greenhouse Tavern goes to college,” with a menu that emphasizes veggie-based small plates. The kicker is that the expansive, 200-plus seat restaurant and bar will introduce live-fire cooking to the Short North. The culinary technique has been trending in other cities for several years now, so it was only a matter of time before wood- and charcoal-fired concepts hit Columbus. (The Hilton Downtown Columbus’ expansion, set to open in 2022, will reportedly include an “open fire” restaurant.)
SeeSaw’s kitchen, the Scene reports, “will be anchored by custom-built grill suites that will be fueled by wood and charcoal. The live-fire rigs will have multiple cooking zones that can deliver everything from searing heat to gentle smoke.”
Look for SeeSaw to open its doors in July or August. You can read the full story about chef Sawyer’s plans at ClevelandScene.com.