Over-the-Rhine Restaurant Wildweed Sets Opening Date in Permanent Location

Pop-up-turned-restaurant Wildweed is getting ready to open its doors in its permanent location in Over-the-Rhine this July.

Wildweed got its start as Sunday Sauce, a pop-up in Oakley, in 2019 and has gone through a few different iterations since, including most recently serving dinner from the former Pleasantry restaurant on 15th Street. It’s now set to open at 1301 Walnut St. in the Columbia Flats project on Thursday, July 25 and is currently taking reservations.

The restaurant, from chefs David and Lydia Jackman, was also named a “must-visit restaurant” to try this summer by food magazine Bon Appetit. While the menu is pasta-centric, don’t call Wildweed an Italian restaurant, says David Jackman. Instead of traditional Italian pastas, the menu highlights the best cultivated and wild-harvested products our region has to offer.

Wildweed guests will be able to choose between two different dining experiences, including an à la carte menu that showcases wildcrafted ingredients, freshly milled grains and farm ingredients. It has a heavy emphasis on fresh pastas with non-traditional sauces and garnishes, playful snacks and creative desserts, says the Jackmans.

The other option, the chef’s counter, offers a curved, 11-seat counter with a view into the kitchen and each menu offers a story of seven ingredients over about 12 dishes, painting a picture of time and place. The chefs will interact with guests and talk more about the dishes. And while the menu is designed to feel extensive, the time commitment is not.

While the Jackmans handle the food menu, Lia Heinze headlines Wildweed’s beverage program — a curation of wines “of place” that showcase outstanding farming and quality and that pair well with the food. And Valerie Diehl has crafted a cocktail program that emphasizes technique and seasonal ingredients.

As for the space, Wildweed’s dining room was designed in vibrant shades of blue and almond, with guests first being greeted by a colorful mural by local artist Blake Lipper at the entryway. Visual highlights include a cylindrical, tiled wine station in teal, the bright turquoise Hestan suite in the open kitchen, a wall-encompassing painting of mushrooms by local artist Maxwell Redder and custom millwork featuring oak finishes and leather inlays for the bar.

After it opens, Wildweed will be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5-10 p.m. You can make a reservation here.

Wildweed, 1301 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine. More info: wildweed-restaurant.com.

Razzo1201 Broadway St., Over-the-RhinePendleton welcomed a new pizza and natural wine bar in the former Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey space this October. Razzo, which means “rocket” in Italian, is owned by Michael Guilfoil and Christy Wulfson, the team behind Bar Saeso and the Airbnb The Carriage House. Wulfson and Guilfoil created a cozy, neon-lit space with a bar, dining room and patio. The Italian menu, featuring Roman-inspired pizzas (a pan-baked version known for its rectangular slices and interesting toppings) and natural wines by the glass, plays into the Italianate architecture around Pendleton and the neighborhood’s European feel, as well as the team’s personal love of Rome. You’ll also find various pasta dishes on the menu and gelato for dessert.

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