Q&A with Jeremy Lieb, co-founder of OTR’s Sacred Beast

Illustration by Chris Danger

→Maisonette veterans Jeremy and Bridget Lieb venture out on their own to open Over-the-Rhine’s Sacred Beast, a modern diner serving classic fare with a refined spin, set to debut this month.

You’ve described the food as “simple, but taken very seriously.” What does that mean, exactly? It’s just about taking a great product, respecting it, and using [proper] technique and foundation to [cook with] it. There’s an art to what we’re doing, but it’s not over the top. There aren’t 8,000 ingredients.

You’re going for accessibility. Absolutely. When the restaurant/industry people get off work, they will have a place to go and drink. And after everyone’s out and done drinking, they have a place to come and eat. It’s “anytime” food served always. You don’t even need an excuse.

What are you most excited to put on the menu? Matzo ball soup. It’s one of my favorite things to eat. I can’t wait to put it on the menu. It’s soulful, it’s flavorful. It reminds me of a lot of different things in my life.

Why was it important to do this on your own, without investors? [My wife and I] were thinking, what are we going to do, how are we going to live the rest of our lives out? We love hanging out, we want to grow old together, and we figured we might as well do something that we can do together that honestly isn’t even like work. I feel like us, together, we’ll be unstoppable.

Sacred Beast, 1437 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, sacredbeastdiner.com

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