PUBLICATION DATE: Dec 17, 2019
Local chef Casey Johnson has been hired by Inside the Five Brewing Company, 5703 N. Main St., to serve as the restaurant’s executive chef. Johnson, formerly of Fifth Street Pub, began his position at Inside the Five on Dec. 16.
As executive chef, Johnson oversees all culinary operations at Inside the Five including staffing, menu development and ingredient sourcing. He will also assist with the opening of the restaurant’s second location in Perrysburg in the 3rd Street Market in 2020.
Johnson received his training from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He spent the past 18 months as the chef de cuisine for Fifth Street Pub’s Sylvania and Perrysburg locations and their other restaurant, Luckies Barn and Grill, in Oregon, Ohio.
While Inside the Five’s diners won’t see an immediate change in the restaurant’s menu, Johnson has plans. “My vision for the restaurant is for me to truly practice what I preach. I will be working hard at sourcing food and supplies locally,” he said. “My goal is to get the menu to within 80 percent of being locally sourced.”
In terms of food, Johnson plans to deliver comfort food in an elevated style. “I want to utilize the melting pot that is America and create dishes that are influenced by the world’s cuisine,” he explained. Johnson also plans to offer seasonal meals with four menu rotations throughout the year. “I want to bring new food to guests regularly, just as we do new beers.”