Noodlecat to Close West Side Market Stand; Ohio City Pasta to Reclaim Spot

Noodlecat at the West Side Market will close on Saturday, January 10. The carry-out only offshoot of the popular downtown restaurant (234 Euclid Ave., 216-589-0007, of the same name opened in spring of 2012, in a stall managed by Ohio City Pasta. That lease was not renewed, according to Ohio City Pasta’s Gary Thomas.

It was a mutual parting of ways, he says. “The time just came to part.”

Added chef-owner Jonathon Sawyer, “It’s a new year, and unfortunately we could not extend our lease with Ohio City Pasta,” he stated. “On the bright side, we have a lot in store for Noodlecat and are really excited about the direction we’re headed in.”

Sawyer says that other expansion plans already are in the works for his Japanese-American noodle concept, including a “special outpost housed in a cultural institution” a new brick and mortar location, and even another stand at the West Side Market.

“We love serving ramen to the city and have been proud to serve over 100,000 bowls of ramen in the Westside Market alone,” Sawyer said. “Thanks for the support and the slurps!”

As for what’s to come of the now-vacant space, Thomas says that he and his company will take it over.

“We are considering some options,” he says. “It may just be an extension of what we’re doing here, but with more prepared foods, but we’re not quite sure yet.”

Either way, plans are to have it up and running before the end of January.

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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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