Mike Smith, owner and executive chef of THYME TABLE, THYME CATERING CLE and THYME TRAVELER TRUCK started his career in the industry as a dishwasher at the age of 15. He attended Miami University pursuing a degree in history and religion while simultaneously working in the restaurant industry. His passion for food elevated and he discovered that working in a kitchen was where he felt most at home. Mike has since filled every position the restaurant industry has to offer. 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 Apprentice 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.
Have you met Ryland?
He’s the GM here at THYME TABLE and has been kicking things up a notch the last few weeks. With 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry and 5 in fine dining he brings a wealth of knowledge and attention to detail.
What we love... he’s calm, collected and exudes confidence in managing all aspects of the restaurant.
Ryland plays a mild mannered general manager by day and rockstar superhero at night. In non covid times he’s traveled the globe over the last 8 years performing in 48 states and 17 countries.
We’re so grateful to have him here with us. Be sure to shout hello when you see him!