lee anne wong to open a restaurant in cleveland

Well, sorta…

The fan favorite from Bravo’s Top Chef, who is still heavily involved in the series as well as Top Chefs Masters, is coming to Cleveland this July to open a pop-up restaurant for two days in the soon-to-open Noodlecat space, as part of chef Sawyer’s grand opening plans.

Sawyer shared that Wong, along with another yet-to-be-named chef, will each take over Noodlecat for two days a piece, running their own restaurant as part the grand opening plans. Then the restaurant will close for a week (so the Sawyers can hopefully travel to Japan), come back and open as Noodlecat. Love. This. Idea.

On a recent visit to Greenhouse (the new breadboard and hominy is fantastic! Seriously cannot get enough of this place), Sawyer introduced me to Dean Sauer who will be heading up beverage at Noodlecat. Sauer let me sample the signature drink he’s working on – a Collins Cloud (his take on the popular Tom Collins) with Watershed gin, rhubarb sake bitters, sebachi limes (cute little limes that grow in Japan), with a splash of club soda and topped with a lavender egg white. He also said he’s working on a Japanese-style margarita without any tequila. A drink that Sawyer apparently can’t get enough of.

His goal, he said, is to get people to drink what they normally don’t – or think they don’t. Which he succeeded with me. I’m not a gin fan at all, and after the couple sips of the Collins Cloud I tried, I’ll certainly be ordering this when they open this summer.


  1. Posted May 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Nice! Thank you for the update :)

  2. Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Yo peeps-
    I met Chef Wong. Super nice!
    I am excited now.

    I am also loving all the NoodleCat talk too.



  3. Hema
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Is dining at the pop-up restaurant by invite only? first come first serve? reservations?

  4. Michelle V
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure about those details, but my assumption would be it’s open to all – perhaps on a first come, first serve basis. Either way, assuming I’m not in labor – I’ll be in line!

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