"We've been talking to Gary [Thomas, owner of Ohio City Pasta] since December about putting a Noodlecat into the Sideshow space," says Jonathon Sawyer, still on a plane at Miami International Airport.
The West Side Market space, right across the aisle from Ohio City Pasta, has been vacant for months.
"We're going to take off from where Noodlecat started," Sawyer adds. "We'll be blanching noodles to order the exact same way as in the restaurant."
The sign went up today and the equipment is being moved in. There will be six steam tables, two double-boiler pasta makers, a flattop and sausage griddle. There will be no deep-fryer according market rules.
Diners and shoppers can expect a menu of six noodle bowls plus a vegetarian special, six steam buns and a special, plus salads. All items will be available to eat on the spot, packaged to go, or packaged cold for later re-heating and enjoyment.
The stall will be open on market days.
"It's relatively small project, but it's one that's really exciting for both of us as a new partnership," Sawyer says, referring to Ohio City Pasta, which has supplied Noodlecat's fresh-made noodles from the start.
Look for Noodlecat WSM to open by mid-April.