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Chloe's Kitchen Diner, the first of what might be five or six Glazen-affiliated restaurants to open on or near Waterloo within in the next year, is set to be open for business tomorrow (!). The rehab work on Blitz Barbeque, a non-Glazen project across the street from Beachland Ballroom, is nearly finished. Tipping point on Waterloo? :)

 

Let there be Light

Jason Beudert, Cleveland Scene

Monday, Oct 22, 2012

 

It’s official. Alan Glazen, along Randy and Linda Kelly, his talented partners from ABC/XYZ Tavern and Ontario Café, have signed a lease to take the reins of the bar and bocce courts at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home on Waterloo Rd. This exciting move signals another beam of light for “Operation Light Switch,” Glazen’s development vision for the north Collinwood neighborhood ...

 

... More available at http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2012/10/22/let-there-be-light

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Re: The new brewery for Legacy. I am pretty sure that it got scrapped. The former Joseph-Beth space was filled w/ signage about it coming soon, back in the early summer. The signage has recently disappeared and the space is dead empty.

 

Also - Myxx at Cedar-Fairmount shutdown. I hope the next tenant can utilize the gigantic space better than a gigantic dancefloor.

 

Also - World of Beer signage is up in downtown Lakewood, across from Melt and next door to Eddie & Eddie's. That entire block is full of new retail/food/bar and imo is the hottest new area in NE Ohio right now as there is also a Panera, Menchie's, Five Guys, Quaker Steak, Deagan's, Roots Cafe, Chipotle, Jimmy John's, Buyback$, Exchange, Aladdin's, Robek's, Pacer's, Rozi's and it's new patio, and like 50 other places that already existed or are very recent - so many I can't keep up w/ it. Talk about urban developments - downtown Lakewood is on fire! Grocery and Pharmacy: Marc's and Drug Mart, check. Bank: check. Post office: check. New library: check, coffee shop: Caribou and Roots, check. Public transportation: Direct bus route, check. Book shop: ...needed to complete the neighborhood! Such a damn shame the spot where Trader Joe's/Gold's Gym was once thought to be going is now becoming a gigantic Get Go gas station (Detroit/Bunts). Because then, I'd move back to Lakewood for the rest of my life!

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^ As far as Lakewood goes I hope some quality stores fill in the blocks between Summit and Arthur. Jammy Buggars is quality and Merry Arts just  put a really nice patio.

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Re: The new brewery for Legacy. I am pretty sure that it got scrapped. The former Joseph-Beth space was filled w/ signage about it coming soon, back in the early summer. The signage has recently disappeared and the space is dead empty.

 

Granite City Brewery, in former Joseph-Beth space, was formally announced last week via press release and on Legacy site (and above)

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Also - World of Beer signage is up in downtown Lakewood, across from Melt and next door to Eddie & Eddie's. That entire block is full of new retail/food/bar and imo is the hottest new area in NE Ohio right now as there is also a Panera, Menchie's, Five Guys, Quaker Steak, Deagan's, Roots Cafe, Chipotle, Jimmy John's, Buyback$, Exchange, Aladdin's, Robek's, Pacer's, Rozi's and it's new patio, and like 50 other places that already existed or are very recent - so many I can't keep up w/ it. Talk about urban developments - downtown Lakewood is on fire! Grocery and Pharmacy: Marc's and Drug Mart, check. Bank: check. Post office: check. New library: check, coffee shop: Caribou and Roots, check. Public transportation: Direct bus route, check. Book shop: ...needed to complete the neighborhood! Such a damn shame the spot where Trader Joe's/Gold's Gym was once thought to be going is now becoming a gigantic Get Go gas station (Detroit/Bunts). Because then, I'd move back to Lakewood for the rest of my life!

 

What is going on in downtown Lakewood is VERY appealing. There's no spot like it anywhere else in the region... I'm a bit jealous (says the eastsider...).  Deagan's is a fave, among other great choices. The blue INA building that houses Panera is probably my favorite building in NEO. 

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Also - World of Beer signage is up in downtown Lakewood, across from Melt and next door to Eddie & Eddie's. That entire block is full of new retail/food/bar and imo is the hottest new area in NE Ohio right now as there is also a Panera, Menchie's, Five Guys, Quaker Steak, Deagan's, Roots Cafe, Chipotle, Jimmy John's, Buyback$, Exchange, Aladdin's, Robek's, Pacer's, Rozi's and it's new patio, and like 50 other places that already existed or are very recent - so many I can't keep up w/ it. Talk about urban developments - downtown Lakewood is on fire! Grocery and Pharmacy: Marc's and Drug Mart, check. Bank: check. Post office: check. New library: check, coffee shop: Caribou and Roots, check. Public transportation: Direct bus route, check. Book shop: ...needed to complete the neighborhood! Such a damn shame the spot where Trader Joe's/Gold's Gym was once thought to be going is now becoming a gigantic Get Go gas station (Detroit/Bunts). Because then, I'd move back to Lakewood for the rest of my life!

 

What is going on in downtown Lakewood is VERY appealing. There's no spot like it anywhere else in the region... I'm a bit jealous (says the eastsider...).  Deagan's is a fave, among other great choices. The blue INA building that houses Panera is probably my favorite building in NEO. 

 

Tell me about it.  We finally settled on purchasing on the east side (after being out of the area for nearly 15 years), but previously lived walking distance to downtown Lakewood. 

 

The East side has its places, but I really have to put alot of thought into it...  The West side seems to have many more great choices (We need a Deagans on Lee!).   

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Went to Accent on Friday. The space is amazing, absolutely love the look and feel. Definitely visually impressive. All of our food and drinks were fantastic as well. Very unique, hope others have the same great experience.

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Cedar Creek Grille opens at La Place on Wednesday... This is a locally owned spot, though from the founders of Bravo/Brio. Early pics show the work/$ they've put into it (they've been working probably 5-6 months on this - including weekends over the past few months).

 

Also - anybody see B Spot's announcement today of (crazy) new whole restaurant (not just bar) Happy Hour 3-6 Monday-Friday? $5 All burgers, $1 Lola fries, $2 brats/bologna, $3 beers, etc.. Not sure the impetus behind this, or why the somewhat long HH hours and extra-low prices. By all accounts, these places do real well - I've rarely been there anytime it's not 50%+ full - even at off hours, and usually a wait during dinner, etc... - but it would seem to point to true lunch, dinner and nothing in between business.  But for the whole restaurant at these prices? Does that cheapen the overall product if you arrive at 3:10 and realize, even in the dining room, you could've had 50% off your burger and 75% off fries 10 minutes earlier, even with kids in tow who wouldn't qualify for normal Happy Hour? Hmmmm....

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I think it's a smart promotion to start as we head into winter, when people are more likely to quickly go home and hide in front of the doritos bag and the TV. Or is that just my home? This woudl seriously lead me to stop by there with my kid on the way home from school and attempt a meal at a restaurant with him on a night I don't have anything ready for us to quickly reheat and eat and don't feel like cooking.

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Cedar Creek Grille opens at La Place on Wednesday... This is a locally owned spot, though from the founders of Bravo/Brio. Early pics show the work/$ they've put into it (they've been working probably 5-6 months on this - including weekends over the past few months).

 

Also - anybody see B Spot's announcement today of (crazy) new whole restaurant (not just bar) Happy Hour 3-6 Monday-Friday? $5 All burgers, $1 Lola fries, $2 brats/bologna, $3 beers, etc.. Not sure the impetus behind this, or why the somewhat long HH hours and extra-low prices. By all accounts, these places do real well - I've rarely been there anytime it's not 50%+ full - even at off hours, and usually a wait during dinner, etc... - but it would seem to point to true lunch, dinner and nothing in between business.  But for the whole restaurant at these prices? Does that cheapen the overall product if you arrive at 3:10 and realize, even in the dining room, you could've had 50% off your burger and 75% off fries 10 minutes earlier, even with kids in tow who wouldn't qualify for normal Happy Hour? Hmmmm....

 

No its called Brand extension.  You get people into your restaurant who would normally not come or would like to come but cannot afford it.  This gives them a chance to sample the brand.

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Hey, I think the B Spot deal is a great one, but would still have been great from if only 3-5 pm Mon-Wed, for just bar patrons, with a few select burgers $5, with fries $2.50 and so on.  With some variations, that's how Lolita does it (Lola has never had a Happy Hour to my knowledge.. Anyone?) It's the scope and the retails that surprised - but definitely will get people in the door.

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Hey, I think the B Spot deal is a great one, but would still have been great from if only 3-5 pm Mon-Wed, for just bar patrons, with a few select burgers $5, with fries $2.50 and so on.  With some variations, that's how Lolita does it (Lola has never had a Happy Hour to my knowledge.. Anyone?) It's the scope and the retails that surprised - but definitely will get people in the door.

 

I would think they've done research to figure out what they can spend.

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Maybe, but I think you're overestimating the research budget of indie restaurants.  Usually, they use their professional judgement about their clientele and their cost structure more than research, per se.

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Yeah but how much can they really be making on alcohol when they're selling Dogfish Head 90 Minute pints for $3?  That's cheaper than you can buy it in the store!

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It seems that Google has updated its Zagat ratings to the 2013 edition, which is funny since the Zagat website still shows last year's ratings.  Crop went down to 26 from 28, but many restaurants moved up, including Giovanni's (to 29) and my personal favorite, L'Albatros, to 28.  Also a nice surprise was that Ty Fun was Zagat rated for the first time, and debuted at a 28 rating!

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good question, i dk what google is going to do with the website, i dont think they do yet either. i did read they are going to keep publishing the guides because thats where the real zagat brand money still is believe it or not. old people lol!

 

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Yeah but how much can they really be making on alcohol when they're selling Dogfish Head 90 Minute pints for $3?  That's cheaper than you can buy it in the store!

 

Depends what they pay for the keg.  They should get just a bit less than 120 pints out of that keg (15 gallons - some loss during keg changes).  That's $360-ish.  High end micro kegs like that might run up to $200 or so, but I don't know what 90 minute costs exactly.  They're already paying rent, utilities, salaries, debt service, etc, so they are squeezing extra profit out of those costs by bringing people in during a time they would probably be twiddling their thumbs otherwise. They could cut maybe a little labor by having people come in later for the dinner shift, but I don't think it would save much because it would mostly be half min wage front of the house they would cut.

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The writer is including "Old Chinatown" with AsiaTown.

 

Emperor's Palace in Cleveland gets Rockwell Avenue cooking again

Published: Thursday, November 08, 2012

By John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer

 

AsiaTown might not get the attention of Cleveland's other entertainment districts. Activity is another story.

 

It's one of Cleveland's most vibrant areas, boasting some 20 restaurants, bakeries and markets where you can get a taste of Asia.

 

Check out the most recent addition. And not just because it rolls out a wide-ranging menu and a tasty dim sum.

 

Emperor's Palace -- 2136 Rockwell Ave., Cleveland, 216-861-9999 -- is reclaiming the heart of old Chinatown.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/dining/index.ssf/2012/11/emperors_palace_in_cleveland_g.html#incart_river_default

 

Great newz from article:

It's part of a larger plan by investors from Zhongshan, China, to revive Rockwell as a family-friendly destination. Two more restaurants and a museum are planned.

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nice -- zongshan is a prime setting on the mouth of the pearl river, right next to macau and hongkong, so hopefully that brings a interesting mix of investments and cantonese food.

 

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The writer is including "Old Chinatown" with AsiaTown.

 

Emperor's Palace in Cleveland gets Rockwell Avenue cooking again

Published: Thursday, November 08, 2012

By John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer

 

Great news! I was wondering when this would open up

 

AsiaTown might not get the attention of Cleveland's other entertainment districts. Activity is another story.

 

It's one of Cleveland's most vibrant areas, boasting some 20 restaurants, bakeries and markets where you can get a taste of Asia.

 

Check out the most recent addition. And not just because it rolls out a wide-ranging menu and a tasty dim sum.

 

Emperor's Palace -- 2136 Rockwell Ave., Cleveland, 216-861-9999 -- is reclaiming the heart of old Chinatown.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/dining/index.ssf/2012/11/emperors_palace_in_cleveland_g.html#incart_river_default

 

Great newz from article:

It's part of a larger plan by investors from Zhongshan, China, to revive Rockwell as a family-friendly destination. Two more restaurants and a museum are planned.

 

Great news! I was wondering when this would open up.

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I have some foodie friends who have gone to Emperor's palace twice now. It seems when the dishes are on, they're very good, but they are about 50% in terms of success rates of the dishes. Maybe they're still working out the kinks.

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Union Depot Taverne to open in Berea's old Pufferbelly spot:

Restaurant Row

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6:00 AM   

Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6:06 AM

  By Joe Crea, The Plain Dealer

 

It's been a long four years since the old restaurant at the intersection of Front and Depot streets in Berea closed.

 

For almost 30 years, the spot -- historically, the Victorian Gothic building is called the Berea Union Depot -- was known as Pufferbelly, adored by railroad lovers who could dine there and enjoy a drink while watching trains chug past. For a short time it operated as the Station.

 

But bridge construction on Front Street closed access to the wonderful former railroad station house. When road crews finally completed the city's handsome new railroad overpass, the building, its 1923 Pullman car, patio seating and its charming architectural details could be resurrected.

 

Finally, the lights will turn back on. At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Union Depot Taverne opens its doors.

 

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/dining/index.ssf/2012/11/union_depot_taverne_to_open_in.html#incart_river_default

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According to Jibaro food trucks website, they have opened a pizza place at 14210 Madison.  Awesome.  Quietly Madison is becoming a underground food street.  Not your fine dining (sans players), but chill places where you can grab unique eats.  Angelos, Tacos Tantos, Barrocco, Mahalls 20 lanes, Jibaro Pizza, etc.  Would like to see those bike lanes on Madison to be discussed at December 3rd Lakewood City Council meeting.

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^Good question.  Not sure if this was Believeland's source, but I just found this F&W article about Sawyer which mentions the restaurant name: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/jonathon-sawyer-new-christmas-traditions.

 

The article changed.  I'm surprised I didn't see it in advance. 

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/jonathon-sawyer-new-christmas-traditions#jonathon-sawyer-gift-guide

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^ yeah thats great news --- so fitting because there are a lot of columbians and south americans living on the westside.

 

I was looking at the hours for the downtown Subways after walking by the one on East 9th and seeing how busy it was at 8pm last night. According to their website, there's a new Subway coming to the Southworth Building. I assume this will be in the old Sushi 86 spot.

 

Also, I noticed many Subways downtown are open until 10pm. I'm not a big Subway eater, but it's nice to see places staying open after 6pm.

 

That is where Mirch Masala was supposed to go, but would not surprise me if it became a Subway.  Especially seen as that spot always had some restaurant "coming soon".  Also, that would explain why it appears there is finally construction happening there.

 

now thats a damn shame if its a subway sub shop because the chinese/indian 'mirch' mixup is one of the best cuisines ever, especially if you like spicy foods. google mirch and check out the menu of anyplace that comes up -- it will make you hungry instantly! so if no go there hopefully it opens somewhere else downtown.

 

Subway may not be taking the Mirch Masala spot.  There are two storefronts in the 2013 Ontario building and both had lights on this morning with the standard redevelopment paper up on the windows.  Would not surprise me either way, but hopefully something happens as that spot has been empty for almost 2 years I think now.

 

The Subway coming soon sign is finally up. It's on the left side while Mirch Masala is on the right. Wonder if it will ever open haha.

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^ ouch. Although i have never eaten there, it has a nice presence in the neighborhood.  I think getting these apartments open for leasing needs to speed up.  The residential population downtown is going to sustain alot of business down there.

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