Noodlecat eyes Columbus for 2014 restaurant launch

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Jonathon Sawyer, the acclaimed Cleveland chef and restaurateur, plans to make his mark on the Columbus dining scene this year.

“Columbus is definitely in our future plans and we hope to be down by late 2014,” he wrote during a brief email exchange.

It appears he’s poised to open a Noodlecat, known for its bowls of ramen soup and stuffed steamed buns, somewhere in central Ohio.

“While we believe Noodlecat and the people of Columbus would be a great fit, we do not have plans at this moment to open,” he said, adding that he is in the process of opening Trentina, a 50-seat Italian restaurant in University Circle near Case Western Reserve University.

Sawyer also owns the much-praised Greenhouse Tavern, Tavern Vinegar Co., Sawyer’s Street Frites in FirstEnergy Stadium, where the Cleveland Browns play and SeeSaw Pretzel Shoppe in Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavs play.

A for his two Noodlecats, one is in downtown Cleveland; the other in the historic West Side Market.

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