When Chef Jonathon Sawyer decided to open his own restaurant in 2008 after a promising run at Parea — Michael Symon’s well-reviewed, but short-lived swing at the New York market — the Cleveland native did the unthinkable: he brought his very best ideas back home.
“People thought I was crazy,” explains Sawyer. “They said, ‘It’ll never work. No one goes to Cleveland.'”
Boy, were they wrong.
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Written by Andrew Parks.
Originally published September 26, 2018.