COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two Cleveland favorites are heading south down I-71. Not exclusively, though.

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and Cleveland area chef Jonathon Sawyer have teamed up on plans for a restaurant in Columbus.

The project is headed by Forward Hospitality Group, which owns and operates Cleveland staples like Magnolia, FWD, Flipside and 3 Palms Pizzeria. According to Columbus Monthly, the location will be in the Short North neighborhood at 906 N. High St.

Sawyer was asked about the partnership during his appearance on WKYC's Let's Be Clear. 

"Too premature to fully talk about," Sawyer said, "But we've been looking at Columbus for eight years and we've been looking for great partners in Columbus. ...We just sort of formed this synergy and Jason and them, and us, we all came together."

Kipnis tweeted the announcement last week.

Sawyer, a James Beard Award winner, owns Cleveland's Greenhouse Tavern and Westlake's Noodlecat. His Trentina restaurant closed its doors in January.