Our New General Manager: Andy Hata

 

Please join us in welcoming our new General Manager: Andy Hata

Andy Hata comes to us from within our Sage Restaurant family, from our Departure restaurant in Portland, Oregon.  Andy has had a passion for hospitality and restaurants his whole life. He explains “we take such a basic human necessity in food and sustenance and create an environment where it takes the form of art, theatre, entertainment, socializing, and so much more. Restaurants today also play a great role in defining how people eat and more importantly, how we source our food in society. I consider it a great part of my responsibility to ensure that our products are sourced sustainably and support the locals.”  It is that attitude that makes us so proud to have Andy with us at Urban Farmer Cleveland, Ohio. We can certainly appreciate the move, as Portland is such a fantastic city and Andy can help Cleveland become just as special as cities like Portland.

Q & A with Andy Hata, our new General Manager!

Urban Farmer Cleveland: Did you go to school for hospitality?

Andy: I attended Syracuse University with a double major in Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises. I also graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Paris with a culinary diploma and am a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. My greatest personal achievement however has been taking my passion for food and drinks and managing to find a way to travel around the world while satisfying my palette.

Urban Farmer Cleveland: Where have your favorite places to work been?

Andy:  I’ve worked in Japan, Hawaii, Seattle, Portland (OR), London (ENG), Paris (FR), Melbourne (AUS), and Queenstown (NZ). My favorite place is a huge toss up; my time in Paris played a major part in shaping how I view the dining experience, but my time in New Zealand taught me the value of knowing where my food comes from and the importance of “real” food.

Urban Farmer Cleveland: What are some of your Hobbies?

Andy: Cooking, wine, gardening, photography, scuba diving, and mud-racing

Urban Farmer Cleveland: What do you like about Cleveland so far?

Andy:  I love the community of Cleveland; how supportive everyone is of each other and the pride we take in our city. There are some amazing food and drink sources here with farmers, creameries, wineries, breweries, and distilleries that are all helping to make our restaurant scene so vibrant. It is honestly a great time to be here.

Urban Farmer Cleveland: Do you have any future visions for Urban Farmer Cleveland?

Andy: With a restaurant name like “Urban Farmer” I think the next step for us is to not only support the local food sources, but to be a part of the local food source. We are in the process of developing a rooftop garden to start growing our own vegetables, fruits, and herbs to incorporate directly into our cuisine. The garden will also feature some beehives to support the endangered honeybee population so that we can source our own honey. Hydroponic gardening is also a movement that supports our ethos and it is something I’d like to incorporate into our business one day. Last but not least, I think an Urban Farmer Food Truck is a dream the entire team would like to see come to life.