FOUNDER + CEO
Scott David Kuhn moved to the East side of Cleveland in 1986 where he graduated from Solon High School. Following his childhood dreams, Scott attended the University of Akron’s culinary program while working in local restaurants and finished his degree in management from Malone College.
The Driftwood Restaurant Group was born with the purchase of the Allegheny Grille in the small town of Foxburg, Pennsylvania in 2005. In 2007, Scott reestablished the Welshfield Inn in Burton, Ohio and opened 87 West, located in Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio. In 2010, Scott opened Washington Place Bistro and Inn, in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood in the space where the once-famous Baricelli Inn existed. In 2012, Scott and partner, Chris Hodgson, launched Driftwood Catering. In 2013, Scott launched Cibréo Italian Kitchen, Green Rooster Farms, and Bin 216, all in Playhouse Square. Republic Food + Drink was opened in February of 2019, also in Playhouse Square. Scott and Washington Place Bistro have been featured on Food Network’s Unique Eats, which spotlights America’s most exciting and revolutionary restaurants.
Scott and driftwood consulting have advised numerous food service operations. Consulting clients include Hyland Software; Calfee, Halter, and Griswold; Kent State University; Chagrin Valley Country Club; and Cleveland Pickle amongst others.
Scott is passionately involved in volunteering and helping others. Scott is a board member of Veggie U, a program dedicated to educating fourth graders on a holistic food approach, from understanding how food is grown to developing healthy eating habits. Scott is also on multiple advisory boards for University Hospital, as well as helping many other non profit organizations through the Kuhn Family Foundation. Scott is on Kent State University’s Hospitality Programs advisory board.
Scott was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People, January 2014, followed by Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.
Scott and his wife Amy, enjoy spending time together outdoors and watching their 2 little girls grow up one day at a time.