Gardener Story: Ricardo Sandoval, owner of Fat Cats Restaurant

Hand-painted rain barrel at Fat Cats

Ricardo grew up in Rocky River and opened his restaurant in Tremont in 1997. He was one of the “pioneers” who nurtured the renaissance of Tremont as a hub of great dining and creative enterprises. Fat Cats Restaurant has an herb garden in the back and a large vegetable garden at the side where Katie Maurer helps Ricardo grow heirloom vegetables for use in the kitchen. The restaurant also has several brightly painted rain barrels and creative bicycle racks ready for the Cuyahoga Valley bike trail to be completed.

When asked what he likes about Cleveland Ricardo replied, “the mix of people.” He enjoys being part of the “comeback” of Cleveland, being part of the solution, providing employment for locals and a stepping stone to a better life for others.