Properties Magazine July 2014 : Page 25

Local Flavor ‘Agri-chic’ ambience matches farm-to-table culinary approach at Urban Farmer By Doug Bardwell | Photos by Ken Krych W alking down East Sixth Street, farming might be the furthest thing from your mind; but one look at the hand-painted farm mural and the rustic exterior at 1325 East Sixth will quickly change your outlook. Cleveland’s newest steakhouse, the Urban Farmer opened in May and is already changing the food landscape for the better. Blending an inspired menu with memorable drinks and a uniquely Cleveland interior, the Urban Farmer will surely appeal to residents and travelers alike. Seating is available for 255 guests in this 5,950-square-foot, agri-chic inte-rior. Choices include the main dining room, the pantry area, a private dining room, a charcuterie station, and the bar and lounge, as well as outdoor seat-ing accessed through glass French doors during moderate weather. The Denver-based Sage Restaurant Group has one other Urban Farmer location in Portland, but each location is uniquely designed to appeal to its local market. “I’ve worked with Peter Karpinsky from Sage for about six years now and this is our sixth restaurant together,” says David Ashen, president of dash design. “It was important for both of us to make this authentic to the region, and not a copy of the Portland location.” The original design inspiration for the new restaurant “came from the hypothetical meeting of a farmer, an art collector and a chef,” explains Troy Christian, general manager of Urban Farmer. “I was approached about a year ago with this idea and we’ve been working up to this since then,” Christian says. “Before you even enter, people seem to be attracted to the reclaimed rustic woods blended in with this hip, cool building. When people walk in, they comment that this doesn’t feel like any-thing else in Cleveland.” Found rural art and artifacts line the walls of the bar/lounge area. “When I first saw the space, I was admittedly a little overwhelmed,” 25

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