Pasta-Centric Pop-Up Wildweed is Planting Roots in a New Restaurant in Over-the-Rhine

Owner David Jackman says he wants Wildweed to be a restaurant that also offers equitable opportunities to people in the food and dining industry.

Apr 6, 2023 at 10:18 am
click to enlarge Wildweed will be located in the Columbia Flats project at 1303 Walnut St. - Photo: 3CDC
Photo: 3CDC
Wildweed will be located in the Columbia Flats project at 1303 Walnut St.

A new restaurant that got its start as a pop-up will open its doors in the Columbia Flats project in Over-the-Rhine.

Getting its start as Sunday Sauce, a pop-up in Oakley, in 2019, Wildweed has gone through a few different iterations since but is now planting its roots on Walnut Street. Wildweed is pasta-centric and seasonally driven, but don’t call it an Italian restaurant says owner David Jackman, a Michelin-Star chef.

“Wildweed wants to celebrate and showcase the best cultivated and wild-harvested products our region has to offer,” Jackman said in a press release. “We will put an emphasis on that and will also serve pasta, though we aren’t an Italian restaurant.”

Jackman also wants Wildweed to be a restaurant that offers equitable opportunities for people to grow in the industry. That means supporting local farmers, hosting guest chefs and allowing hospitality professionals to experience things in different cities, he says.

“I love that this is such an accessible space in the city,” he said. “I’m excited about building a team and community around our restaurant and building something that helps the culinary scene in Cincinnati grow.”

Cincinnati-based group Team B, who’s also behind other restaurant projects like Decibel Korean Fried Chicken and Tablespoon Cooking Co., will design the space. In addition to a dining room that can accommodate large parties, there will also be more intimate, romantic tables that are accessible to everyone. There will also be a 12-seat chef counter offering a tasting menu.

Construction on Wildweed is expected to be finished in the fall. It’ll be located at 1303 Walnut St. More information: instagram.com/@wildweed.cinci.


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