It's been almost five months since Jeff Jarrett took over as top toque at Amp 150. In that time, he's kept a pretty low profile — at least, as low as possible for a guy running the enormous kitchen at the Cleveland Airport Marriott. Now though — armed with a new website, plans for a kitchen greenhouse, and the impending debut of a new menu — Jarrett is powering up.
Not that any wholesale changes are likely for the restaurant that made its mark with imaginative dishes crafted from local, seasonal ingredients. "Like Ellis [Cooley], I plan to stay on the path of doing local food," said Jarrett last night during a small private tasting, referring to his friend and respected predecessor. "The biggest thing is sticking with the farm-fresh concept."
Nonetheless, diners may notice a more playful mood to the upcoming menu. "I like fun presentations," Jarrett says, "things like 'green eggs & lamb,' which is sort of my tribute to Dr. Seuss. But I certainly intend to maintain the refined quality of the food."