Mike Smith, owner and executive chef of THYME TABLE and THYME CATERING, started his career in the industry as a dishwasher at the age of 15. While he’s spent years in fine dining, serving presidents, politicians, celebrities and athletes he found a sweet spot right in the middle and is eager to present thoughtful dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
When he’s not holding down the fort at the restaurant he’s holding it down at home. Mike and his wife, Tess, reside in Bay Village with their five children and their boxer, Bea.
Our concept is simple. Good food. Good drinks. Good friends.”
Eric Scott, originally from Detroit (don’t hold it against him) worked in marketing and PR for 15 years before moving to Cleveland. Here Eric fell in love with the hospitality industry and truly found his niche behind the bar. He has served beside some of the industries finest and we can’t believe he’s ours. Eric has introduced a fantastic wine program along with world class cocktails and techniques. We think you’ll love his relaxed approach, expertise behind the bar, and his quality dad jokes. Eric is a Grey Coat with Tales of the Cocktail's CAP program where he has honed his skills while simultaneously learning about both the history and future the beverage industry. He’s a master of his craft and brings fresh ideas, whit and charm to our TABLE.
Around the Village this "sweet" gal needs no introduction.
Laura Jerina Potts grew up in Bay Village and received her culinary degree from IUP Academy of Culinary Arts. She has since traveled around the States and has served as a pastry chef for over a decade before hanging up her apron to raise her girls..
She recently moved back to CLE and started in the catering kitchen at THYME in 2017. She has been invaluable to us and we’re thrilled to have her join us full time as our pastry chef at the restaurant. Laura focuses on creating visually stunning pastries and desserts that taste exceedingly better than they look. Her attention to the entire dessert experience is admirable.
Cooking up creativity for Thyme Table since 2022, Julie comes to the kitchen with more than 15 years of Cleveland culinary experience, accruing a talent for mixing flavors and pleasing palates. Julie loves the freedom to indulge in her creativity at Thyme Table along with nurturing new talent.
When not in the kitchen you may catch Julie exploring northeast Ohio's many parks and historical sites or at home hanging out with her rescue cat, Goaty and bearded dragon, Zen.
Melina MacAvoy grew up in Avon Lake and started in the restaurant industry as soon as she was old enough to work. She started as our host in 2021 and her hard work and detail oriented nature earned her a position as a barback. Within a year she became our prep lead where she serves as the engine for our cocktail program- Batching, clarifying, acidifying, fat washing, and squeezing loads of citrus as part of her daily responsibilities. In early 2023 she was promoted to our floor manager where she trains all of our support staff, keeps a watchful eye on our dining room and reservations, continues to lead prep and jumps in where needed to make sure our restaurant runs smooth. She’s our “Jack of All Trades” and we’re so lucky to have her.
thyme is always looking for passionate people to join our crew. email resumes to email@example.com