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OK, this is probably only of interest to the true Ohio City/French food nerds of the board, but here ya go. ;)

 

Last week I met Trad Burns, the new owner of Le Oui Oui, the fantastic little creperie on Fulton in Ohio City. He and his partner just bought the restaurant from the current owners, who are I think one or two steps removed from the Frenchwoman who founded the place. They are taking over in January.

Because Le Oui Oui is so popular, they're planning to move to the old laundromat space, two doors down, by March. They are looking into keeping the old space open as a coffee shop (which would be great, because the space is adorable, and we recently lost Metro Joe's).

Trad, who's also a theater production chief in Cleveland and around the country, said they would be returning to fresher ingredients -- apparently the current owners cut some corners.

That's all! Bon jour...

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I think some of it was in the paper.  I remember reading about the expansion to the laundrymat space.  It sounds like really good news for the neighborhood, though.

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If there is another similar thread, I couldn't find it!

 

(excerpted from the PD)

 

Boardwalk Cafe is a lakeside treat

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

 

Andrea's Boardwalk Cafe has opened inside the luxury apartment complex Quay 55, the renovated 1929 Nicholson Cleveland Terminal building located along North Marginal Road in Cleveland. Owner Andrea Barnhart, with help from her sister, Pam, offers a selection of light fare including salads, roast beef, chicken, veggie, turkey, BLT and tuna salad sandwiches, all on either ciabatta, multigrain or Old World Italian breads. For dessert there's ice cream, cakes, cheesecakes, gourmet coffees, frappes and smoothies.

 

More at cleveland.com http://www.cleveland.com

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I'd be curious to see the views that Andrea's has.

 

I belive it offers dramatic views of Lake Erie and the inner harbor. Bistro seating on the boardwalk puts you practically on the water, perfect for watching yacht club sailboat races that are held on Wednesdays.

 

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I'd be curious to see the views that Andrea's has.

 

I belive it offers dramatic views of Lake Erie and the inner harbor. Bistro seating on the boardwalk puts you practically on the water, perfect for watching yacht club sailboat races that are held on Wednesdays.

 

Thanks Strap!

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We tried going to Andreas during hours posted as open and they were closed  :cry:

it looks great though. Very casual. they also have a fireplace which could be nice in the winter to look out on the lake, and ice. It actually is set back in the harbor, so it is not wide open lake view. still great through.

 

speaking of new places, down in the flats (w bank) there is a place called the Dock or something like that  in the power house where riverwalk cafe was located.  I was not too thrilled with the food or , especially, the beer selections (crappy miller, bud etc) , but it was the first week they were open when we went-maybe they will expand.  Burger was fine, fries unusually good. The deck looks expanded and it appears they are going to try and give Shooters a run for their money, with entertainment, over priced watery drinks, north ridgeville frosted hair and mullet sporting crowd all set to awesome views (and since it is walking distance, yes, I go!) 

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too bad the waterfront line rapid does not go out to quay55 like it should for this. ah well, someday.

 

bice in nyc is a very very nice looking place, i've looked inside, but never eaten there tho. it's impressive looking as is the menu. osso buco!

 

here is the menu link, i'd imagine the other outlets are similar. take a date!:

 

http://www.bicenewyork.com/bice/html/index2.htm

 

 

 

 

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Does anyone know where in Tower City Bice would be locating?  Seems like a great addition from looking at the menu that mrnyc linked to, which had a few photos of the restaurant in NYC.  It would be nice if it could go somewhere that would give it some street frontage, but the only spot remaining at ground level that I can think of would be the old J. Crew along Huron.

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I think that the jcrew location was released to the art gallery for a while.  it started as a trial, but i'm pretty sure they are staying there for now.

 

i think the best location would be right on the square.  this is what everyone has been asking for: restaurants on the square.  open up the first floor dillards space and it would have frontage on both ontario and public square, with potential for patio dining under awning area.  additionally, would be able to access from within terminal tower lobby as well...

 

just imagine...people sitting at tables eating, drinking and socializing instead of people pissing and asking for money...

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I think that the jcrew location was released to the art gallery for a while. it started as a trial, but i'm pretty sure they are staying there for now.

 

i think the best location would be right on the square. this is what everyone has been asking for: restaurants on the square. open up the first floor dillards space and it would have frontage on both ontario and public square, with potential for patio dining under awning area. additionally, would be able to access from within terminal tower lobby as well...

 

just imagine...people sitting at tables eating, drinking and socializing instead of people pissing and asking for money...

 

the pissing and the asking-for-money crowd would more than likely stay put. Additionally, most of public square is one giant bus shelter that can attract a motley crue.

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the pissing and the asking-for-money crowd would more than likely stay put.  Additionally, most of public square is one giant bus shelter that can attract a motley crue.

 

but, imo, the first thing toward getting this crowd dispersed is to have some activities for people not waiting for the bus or asking for a handout - legitimate street level businesses/restaurants that care about their front door and their appearance. 

 

what exists today at street level to discourage undesirable behavior?  very little.  even renaissance and sans souci are really up 1 level from ground and don't interact with the square.  bp, key, 55, moetzenbaum federal building don't interact at street level.  if we could get something at street level at the dillards, i think it would have a big impact and at the very least move this crowd to another quadrant.

 

probably all a moot point, as the release says "avenue at tower city", which would mean something most likely facing inward. 

 

the square does look much better now with the bushes trimmed/removed.  you can actually see in!

 

 

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man, a restaurant on the Square?  what a crazy idea!  there are spaces on both corners of the Terminal Tower, if memory serves...

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too bad the waterfront line rapid does not go out to quay55 like it should for this. ah well, someday.

 

Indeed.  This location should be nice, but once again, it'll be another one of those typical Cleveland "islands" a sea of inactivity -- a place where you have to drive -- does a bus even serve this area?  After Jane's big plans of gone the way of the do-do, we need to focus energy on extending the Waterfront Line along the lake to stimulate needed development and, hopefully, expansion at the E.55/Shoreway pier marina.

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When exactly did "Jane's big plans go the way of the do-do"?

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First phase of the lakefront boulevard is in the requisite planning stages by ODOT....

 

Reconstruction

LAKEFRONT WEST

Cleveland:

SR 2 from Lake Rd to Main Ave

77330 analyzed CUY US006-12.20

PE ODOT $640,000 2006

PE S/STP $2,560,000 2006

RW ODOT $5,000,000 2007

C ODOT $8,000,000 2008

C S/STP $32,000,000 2008

TOTAL  $48,200,000

 

Look for the elevated portion through downtown to be lowered to street level as part of Pesht.

 

From East 9th to the Inner Belt, I could not find any documentation in NOACA documents of pending or emerging plans for conversion of this roadway into a boulevard. This activity would have to, at least, be placed on NOACA's long-range plan in order to proceed.

 

East of there to MLK, the East Shoreway is in NOACA's Tier III stage of planning, meaning that no construction funds can be allocated to it until the planning is complete. The city of Cleveland and ODOT are listed as project sponsors.

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ah, where is the Lakefront Blvd; development plan now?

Actually, this is one of the large projects that is closest to reality.  I know for a fact that most of the engineering is complete, and ODOT has money in place to move forward with it. 

I guess we kind of diverted in this thread...exciting project however. 

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ah, where is the Lakefront Blvd; development plan now?

Actually, this is one of the large projects that is closest to reality.  I know for a fact that most of the engineering is complete, and ODOT has money in place to move forward with it. 

I guess we kind of diverted in this thread...exciting project however. 

 

you guys are confusing me.  Gotribe, are you talking about the west shoreway or are you talking about something else?

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I think he is talking about the West Shoreway downgrade.

This will end at the West 25/28th street area.

 

The Boulevard from there east to Deadman's Curve has not been funded at all, but is not dead. It is just waiting. I think this is the portion that is currently being discussed in the Pescht thread.

 

Boy, all of this transportation talk has made me hungry. Any new restaurants opening around downtown I can visit?smiley_834.gif

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Peruvian, huh?

I'm always up for new things.

 

And thanks for keeping this on topic.

 

 

 

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^ musky if you go to machu pichu --- and what the heck why not? to make it easy just order a pisco sour to drink, ceviche for an app and rotisserie chicken for dinner.  they excel at that stuff. here's a menu from a peruvian nyc place for a jolt and inspiration:

 

http://menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?areaid=0&restaurantid=6211&neighborhoodid=0&cuisineid=49&home=Y

 

 

 

 

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I'm not sure that MP has a liquore license yet. I heard that they were going to apply for one. I went about a month ago and the server was HORRIBLE. I like the food and the music. (Also, my 11-month old son was screaming his head off.)  Anyways, I thought that the appetizers were better than the main dishes. Try la papa rellena. Its great.  I also love papa a la huancaina.  They are pretty authentic ( I lived in Peru for over two years), but sometimes thats not so good.  They serve a lot of working man's dishes, which I never considered something that I would spend 10 bucks on.  But hey, once they start serving Pisco Sours..call me a cab!

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they were trying to get people in for their happy hour yesterday, so i guess they must have the liquor license now. 

any details? this sound great, as I agree with wimwar that the apps are better then the entrees and I would go back there again just for the papa relleno alone.

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I went a couple of weeks ago.  It was my first Peruvian experience.  Service was good, didn't have apps, ate the mixed seafood with rice. It was very good except for some bits of shell that made their way into the final dish.  Calamari and octopus (served whole!) were some of the most tender I've had in a long time.  The Peruvian popcorn was a tasty little treat as well.

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First phase of the lakefront boulevard is in the requisite planning stages by ODOT....

 

Reconstruction

LAKEFRONT WEST

Cleveland:

SR 2 from Lake Rd to Main Ave

77330 analyzed CUY US006-12.20

PE ODOT $640,000 2006

PE S/STP $2,560,000 2006

RW ODOT $5,000,000 2007

C ODOT $8,000,000 2008

C S/STP $32,000,000 2008

TOTAL   $48,200,000

 

Look for the elevated portion through downtown to be lowered to street level as part of Pesht.

 

From East 9th to the Inner Belt, I could not find any documentation in NOACA documents of pending or emerging plans for conversion of this roadway into a boulevard. This activity would have to, at least, be placed on NOACA's long-range plan in order to proceed.

 

East of there to MLK, the East Shoreway is in NOACA's Tier III stage of planning, meaning that no construction funds can be allocated to it until the planning is complete. The city of Cleveland and ODOT are listed as project sponsors.

 

Great ... hey, I'd love to be wrong if it means the progress of our city.

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... but back to my original point.  Cleveland has some great restaurants and has been greatly improving; these new ones should really boost us.  But I think we need to work on connecting neighborhoods so these new spots are less island/nodes cut off from the rest of the city-- even, say, Ponte Vecchio, though right near the Flats/Ohio City, is cut off becuase of the current lack of access from the Flats; plans in Stonebridge's current phase under construction, I'm reading, could solve this.  Certainly, the lakeshore plan, when it's actually executed, will go light years toward reaching this goal.

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At least we now know where Bice will be located, still unfortunate to lose Century but I'll assume that the Ritz knows the restaurant business a bit better than I do. Good to see the space won't stay empty for long.

 

Ritz-Carlton to close Century, will open new Muse restaurant

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

John Long

Plain Dealer Columnist

 

Century Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cleveland will close Sunday following its brunch buffet.

 

Business at the 6-year-old restaurant had faltered in recent years, and hotel officials felt they needed a change in concept. They will open Muse in the former Grille room on the hotel's sixth floor. The 65-seat restaurant has been dramatically changed, including the addition of a large marble wine bar, numerous paintings by local artists and a dramatically different menu.

 

 

Continued:

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/restaurantrow/index.ssf?/base/entertainment/115692732299050.xml&coll=2

 

 

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I don't recall this Cafe Med...anyone else?

 

Yeah, I remember it- was in the 55 PS building just east of John Q's.  Looked like a pretty decent place with nice-looking outdoor seating.  Never ate there though.

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A shame to lose Century ... sushi happy hour at the Ritz was a guilty yuppy pleasure of mine ... and one of the few this boy has  :oops:

you are an enigma I must say

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