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dwirthwein

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  1. The "Moxie" property at 811 Prospect will be called "811 Kitchen*Bar*Lounge" it appears (as that's the DBA in their just-filed liquor license application). Not personally a fan of unimaginative "street number" restaurant names, though I guess they serve a directional/locational purpose.
  2. Well, Legacy is losing Arhaus and/or RH from everything I've heard. Crate and Cheesecake have been courted by Beachwood Place for years (and despite the Legacy challenges Cheesecake remains a top 20 location in the chain). Two more stores have recently closed, several temp leases keep a few spots filled,. and know Lilly Pulitzer, Loft and maybe others have been on Pinecrest leasing maps (both were alluded to even in the AC Hotel rendering last week). One thing I'm sure of -- if Eton can go from a nearly empty, total failure to a market-leading powerhouse in a few short years (a dozen years ago) - Legacy, with a solid core, comparatively fewer challenges and Easton-owner Steiner doing the leasing, it should be able to reinvent itself successfully. Capital Grille and LL Bean happened in last year. One destination retailer like American Girl could help change the tide.
  3. In early Fall, Restoration Hardware (though veiled) had a 50,000 sf store on leasing map at Pinecrest (and had previously been rumored to be going to Beachwood Place expansion.) - about 4-5x current store size. By November, Arhaus (by name) had taken its place with a 20k-25k square foot store. An unknown 25K sf store coming to old Borders space at La Place (now part of Beachwood Place) - though no other named store coming to expansion of BP at this point, though an external Zara entrance hinted at from Beachwood planning records.
  4. Flip Side was on leasing map for Pinecrest at one point - and 3 Palms, the same owner's pizza place, too. Shake Shack on leasing map at one point, too. Last map update publicly available, November, had neither. Perhaps, based on rumor noted above, Red Robin is moving into Pinecrest and, in turn, freeing up their land for developer or another restaurant?
  5. The Red Robin restaurant that sits on an elevated piece of land on the southwest corner of the Pinecrest land - between Pinecrest and 271 - has just closed. Easily could have closed due to business lacking, but would seem odd timing when a $200MM+, crowd-attracting development is going up literally in your backyard. Certainly could be a new piece of land the developers have bought to open up Pinecrest to the southwest, since an unmoveable UH facility will block much of the Pinecrest view east from those traveling on 271.
  6. South Lake Union part of Downtown Seattle looked similar to this last year. I generally stay in that part of Downtown for work and I recall completely marveling when counting 7-8 cranes from my hotel window: https://www.djc.com/stories/images/20130314/StateOfBellevue_OldCranes_big.jpg http://medias.photodeck.com/e65132dc-6c12-4265-8a5b-cd8c705dbd9a/Seattle_Summer_2014-19_xlarge.jpg By fall 2015 I was seeing some 20+ cranes in the Seattle skyline when perched atop an Amazon building in South Lake Union.
  7. I flew out of Pittsburgh last week for the first time in awhile. It has nearly the same # of passengers as Hopkins (in a smaller metro than NEO) and also lost a hub. However, while the main terminal and concourse are a bit dingy (with empty gates), the central mall/retail/restaurant portion that the airport train feeds passengers into - with a huge # of shops, high ceilings, Bar Symon, etc - is sparkling, full of options and totally "big-city." It makes CLE look like a backwoods airfield.
  8. A Piada restaurant is being built between the Aloft and Richmond. Could Omnova HQ building be where land clearing is happening
  9. In part of Joseph-Beth space... "Minneapolis, MN (RestaurantNews.com) Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. (NASDAQ: GCFB), a casual dining restaurant group, is continuing to grow with the announcement that it is building a new Granite City Food & Brewery in Lyndhurst, Ohio at the Legacy Village lifestyle center. The Company recently signed a long term lease with Legacy Village Investors, LLC. and expects the new restaurant to open in 2013" http://www.restaurantnews.com/granite-city-food-brewery-set-to-open-restaurant-in-lyndhurst-ohio/
  10. Cleveland has enough trouble, in a relative sense, getting key upscale retailers into Legacy, Beachwood, Eton, Crocker and with solid demographics all around those. Thinking they'll go to Edgewater or UCircle or downtown is a pipe dream, no matter how dreamy that would be.
  11. West side Rack will be a must-go for east side Rack fans merely because assortment varies by store - and always good to see what the other has in stock. Certainly I've seen occasions where a certain chain store on one side of town has lots of stock on a great deal/unique item, when the same store on other side of town has sold out, etc... and/or one store gets different product mix than the other. Rack Westlake = 34,000 sq ft. Rack Lyndhurst = listed as 42,242 sq ft on Legacy leasing map
  12. Here's the Rack/Crocker Park announcement... http://www.istockanalyst.com/business/news/6081869/nordstrom-rack-to-open-second-cleveland-store And I'm a 2-3x month Nordstrom Rack shopper - and actually find their deals, especially once they hit clearance, to be very good generally 25-50%+ off on most items whether Lacoste, Cole Haan, North Face or others. I pretty much don't buy shoes anywhere else.
  13. Nexus Cafe space = c'mon Melt... Isn't it about time for downtown...? They could make that stretch of Prospect.
  14. I've been seeing way too much of O'Hare (including last night) - and, better yet, at connecting ORD fares as high as non-stop CLE fares a few years ago. THAT's what gets me most...
  15. With company HQ in Green Bay, I have taken that nonstop a dozen times... ugh...
  16. I'm amazed how some of the most - and least - desirable areas in the Cleveland metro, if not far beyond, have ended up on the same list of recommendations. At least some are trying to steer the original poster the right way... Also interesting to see the backhanded "if you like that kind of thing" compliments above from some posters who have different values or needs than some of these areas apparently satisfy, when similar "if you like that sort of thing" about their beloved neighborhoods wouldn't be tolerated for an instant...
  17. In other Microsoft Store news, Cincinnati is getting a "real" MS store, not just a pop-up one like CLE.... The list goes on....
  18. Cleveland Brewing Co name registered to Jason Workman, partner in Tremont Tap House. Butcher and the Brewer name registered to Cleveland Brewing Co.
  19. Clevelander17: I'm a proud PIMBY - "please, in my backyard" - so if you want to send some developers out east, be my guest (though Eton's as far as any developer's realistically going - cause they all want to be as close to Acacia, er, Cedar/Richmond as possible. No changing that anytime soon). As for upscale/trendy retaill "supposedly lacking" - you know we could go around on this one all day - but that is something that I've backed up with hard numbers on this site (which retailers are in which top metros and not CLE). My whole point is really that big cities have certain amenities (a relative term to some), whether sports teams in the 3 major sports or non-stops to Europe or light rail/subway or a great arts scene or, well, certain stores and restaurants. So if you look at the largest 20 or 30 metros, you see a pattern as to what most big cities have. And if you're Pittsburgh, and don't have a basketball team or Columbus and don't have non-stops to Europe or Milwaukee and don't have passenger rail or Indy and (perhaps soon) don't have a full time orchestra or CLE and don't have an IKEA or a Burberry store - regardless of whether sports snd flights and rail and music and shopping matter to you personally, it doesn't change the facts. We all know that some companies have made location decisions based, to some degree, on international non-stops (Chiquita was most recently in the news...) or even passenger rail service to their location. And we know that sports teams are an enterainment perk for many companies and their workers - and lack of key sports (in Columbus, for instance) or the pride of a top-notch arts scene certainly isn't a plus for an area. So, why would the lack of certain retail or restaurant options (even something loosely "Upscale" as IKEA - which caters to young professional of exactly the type that CLE needs) - be considered a far less important amenity for a city, especially if peer cities have these retailers? So, CLE is set with arts and sports and rail and is deficient in international flights and retail. Right, I know, it's only retail - but let's hope that batch of MBAs looking for a job this year don't need to furnish their apartment w/trendy furnishings at rock-bottom prices. They won't find that option here.
  20. Regarding the NCAA - a different article I read seemed to make it clear that it had less to do with the total # of hotel rooms in CLE downtown overall and more to do with the fact that during the particular time frame in question, too many hotel rooms were already booked for other events to leave the required # for the NCAA, hence the move to Birmingham.
  21. I believe roof framework has hot water running through to keep it clear of snow and condensation
  22. willyboy - I know its sometime luck-of-the-draw at opening. Our one and only meal at the Nowak-helmed Market Garden Brewery, right after opening, was so mediocre (as was the opening menu) - that we never have gone back. Plus, Nowak pretty much took over Bar Cento from Sawyer while keeping many of the same key dishes - roasted chix, sunnyside,and the super pommes frites w/dipping sauces (that neither Sawyer or Nowak have gotten close to matching in their subsequent restaurants). With the Sawyer staples in place, I don't know that his own personality came out in Cento cooking. Either way, our Black Pig meal just hit all the right notes for us last evening... We'll see if the consistency continues, next visit.
  23. Just got back from the new Black Pig in Ohio City. Great space. Lively crowd. Terrific service. Most importantly - super "tell your friends about it" food (as my wife put it...). Could not have enjoyed it more. Have not had a first-time experience at any new restaurant in memory that was this good, all-around. Among other tasty things, including a flavorful, silky, chilled corn soup and a kale Caesar salad (with shrimp toast croutons), I had a delicious, huge portion of pork schnitzel(!) that took me back to Munich... Wow! Topped it off with a creamy lemon and cherry tart. Sandwiches in the $10-$12ish range - and mains in the $18-$22ish range. Very good! (Next time, we'll try the elevated patio (an hour wait) - with great views of the skyline... Peeked in Nano Brew next door - packed! SOHO was doing a nice business, too - as was ABC.. This end of the street is now a food/drink destination. Nice to see.
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