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Alea to Bring Wood-Fired Mediterranean Fare to Hingetown Area of Ohio City

 

Hingetown, that eclectic little corner of Ohio City, will soon have its first full-service, finer-dining restaurant when Alea opens next month near the intersection of W. 29th Street and Church Avenue (2912 Church St.). A concept two years in the making and six months under construction, the restaurant will offer a wide-ranging taste of the Mediterranean in an attractive, modestly proportioned setting.

 

https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2019/08/27/alea-to-bring-wood-fired-mediterranean-fare-to-hingetown-area-of-ohio-city

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Did we ever learn why Sweet Melissa's closed in Rocky River?  Was it really the slow service? Anyway, a new restaurant is opening in their old space this fall, Char Whiskey Bar + Grille. "Char will specialize in locally sourced meats and fresh burgers, mac and cheese and more. The bar will serve up over 100 types of whiskey."

 

 

https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2019/09/char-whiskey-bar-grille-coming-to-rocky-river.html

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1 hour ago, Pugu said:

Did we ever learn why Sweet Melissa's closed in Rocky River?  Was it really the slow service?

Service certainly was uneven. As many times as I've been there I don't think I ever saw the same server twice. Lots of turnover!  

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On 9/23/2019 at 4:54 PM, Pugu said:

Some new restaurants to open this fall--will definitely want to check out some of them.

 

https://photos.clevescene.com/the-most-anticipated-new-restaurants-coming-to-cleveland-this-fall/?slide=1&hotchickentakeover-2

3/4 restaurant seen interesting.  Not sure how popular hot chicken will be in Westlake.  I generally don't dine in the 'burbs outside the CH/SH, but Summer House could be a real winner. 

Hampton Social will be popular with Flats residents and visitors.  

 

SalsaRito?  

 fair and balanced bitch please GIF

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Hot Chicken Takeover ready to open 1st location outside Central Ohio

 

Hot Chicken Takeover is ready for its Cleveland debut.

 

The Columbus-based fast-casual brand will open its first-ever restaurant outside Central Ohio on Oct. 8. The restaurant is located in Crocker Park, an Easton Town Center-like development in the Cleveland area.

 

We first wrote about the plans earlier this year.

 

“There’s good brand awareness and enthusiasm (in Cleveland),” founder Joe DeLoss said at the time. “There’s tremendous community alignment with the types of organizations we rely on to build a pipeline for our workforce. It’s also the most open landscape. There’s an opportunity for us to own the category.”

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/10/01/heres-when-hot-chicken-takeover-will-open-its.html


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Ok. This is really grinding my gears a this morning. This was my go-to spot downtown for a cheap drink and one of the best corned-beef sandwiches I have ever had. What a gem that we just lost for “phase II” and a new pedestrian bridge so people can feel “safe” walking from the parking garage to the casino. I take back all of the things I said that were positive regarding the casino...although now I can’t help but feel like one of those anti-LGBTQ politicians who all of a sudden is totally OK with gay marriage once they find out they have a child who identifies as a member of that community. Losing The Ontario Street Cafe directly affects me, and now I’m upset about it haha. But in all seriousness, downtown just lost one of its last great dive bars that was just so quintessentially “Cleveland”. 

 

https://m.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2019/10/11/ontario-street-cafe-one-the-last-remaining-dive-bars-downtown-is-closed

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32 minutes ago, Boaty McBoatface said:

Ok. This is really grinding my gears a this morning. This was my go-to spot downtown for a cheap drink and one of the best corned-beef sandwiches I have ever had. What a gem that we just lost for “phase II” and a new pedestrian bridge so people can feel “safe” walking from the parking garage to the casino. I take back all of the things I said that were positive regarding the casino...although now I can’t help but feel like one of those anti-LGBTQ politicians who all of a sudden is totally OK with gay marriage once they find out they have a child who identifies as a member of that community. Losing The Ontario Street Cafe directly affects me, and now I’m upset about it haha. But in all seriousness, downtown just lost one of its last great dive bars that was just so quintessentially “Cleveland”. 

 

https://m.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2019/10/11/ontario-street-cafe-one-the-last-remaining-dive-bars-downtown-is-closed

Hopefully they do end up opening a new Ontario Street Cafe somewhere.

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28 minutes ago, Boaty McBoatface said:

Ok. This is really grinding my gears a this morning. This was my go-to spot downtown for a cheap drink and one of the best corned-beef sandwiches I have ever had. What a gem that we just lost for “phase II” and a new pedestrian bridge so people can feel “safe” walking from the parking garage to the casino. I take back all of the things I said that were positive regarding the casino...although now I can’t help but feel like one of those anti-LGBTQ politicians who all of a sudden is totally OK with gay marriage once they find out they have a child who identifies as a member of that community. Losing The Ontario Street Cafe directly affects me, and now I’m upset about it haha. But in all seriousness, downtown just lost one of its last great dive bars that was just so quintessentially “Cleveland”. 

 

https://m.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2019/10/11/ontario-street-cafe-one-the-last-remaining-dive-bars-downtown-is-closed

Glazen mentioned a new location. That's great. There really is plenty of space in CLE. Though it's probably unlikely that the ambiance of the place can be easily replicated. One thing I loved about Ontario was it was one of the few places where the crowd was mixed, white and black. I can only think of a few other bars/restaurants that can say the same. 

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Just now, StapHanger said:

Can't wait to hear which thoroughly mediocre national chain will moving in after the garage rehab. 

Could be something nice like a Yardhouse or something. Doubtful but we can hope.

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1 minute ago, StapHanger said:

Can't wait to hear which thoroughly mediocre national chain will moving in after the garage rehab. 

Well we lost the incredible Fat Fish Blue for that stupid Tilted Kilt. That's pretty bad precedent there. 

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26 minutes ago, StapHanger said:

Can't wait to hear which thoroughly mediocre national chain will moving in after the garage rehab. 

beer bar GIF by applebee's

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47 minutes ago, surfohio said:

Glazen mentioned a new location. That's great. There really is plenty of space in CLE. Though it's probably unlikely that the ambiance of the place can be easily replicated. One thing I loved about Ontario was it was one of the few places where the crowd was mixed, white and black. I can only think of a few other bars/restaurants that can say the same. 

Yes! My wife and I would go there all of the time because, not only did it have the best prices in town, it truly did bring in an amazingly diverse group of people. 

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Very sad and it came on so soon too that I didn't get to go there a final time. I was far from a regular, but popped in every couple of months or so for a quick beer and sometimes that corned beef sandwich. Agree on the diverse crowd, I can't think of anywhere else like that downtown, it was truly the definition of a 'public house'.

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Sting, singing on the roof of the Barbican

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^ now thats a shame even though it seems they will reopen somewhere. losing places like this also means people will forget how downtown cle was once known for its corned beef sandwich scene back in the days. maybe they wont move far though. 

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Interesting east suburban restaurant shakeup this week and in recent weeks.

 

- Pinecrest's decent (nothing better) City Works is closing today after just 16 months. Great side patio. Never clicked there - while nearby Pinstripes, Firebirds, and Cooper's Hawk are hard to get into many nights. Note: "Saucy Brew Works Pinecrest" registered that business name a few months ago - along with already announced Independence location. Might we see them in that beer-ready spot soon? BJs Brewhouse also building next to Cooper's Hawk.

 

- Legacy's mediocre Granite City closed this week - as this chain has other closings and lawsuits in past weeks. Could a Restoration Hardware next-gen mansion (orig planned for Beachwood Place and toying with Pinecrest) end up in that space+others? Maybe... 

 

- Harvard/271 - Abuelos Mexican closed after a dozen years in recent weeks. 

 

Other good-ish places busy. Bad places not. 

 

BTW - Jonathon Sawyer's new place in Van Aken was exceptional last weekend in extra-soft opening...

 

 

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11 hours ago, eyehrtfood said:

Interesting east suburban restaurant shakeup this week and in recent weeks.

 

- Pinecrest's decent (nothing better) City Works is closing today after just 16 months. Great side patio. Never clicked there - while nearby Pinstripes, Firebirds, and Cooper's Hawk are hard to get into many nights. Note: "Saucy Brew Works Pinecrest" registered that business name a few months ago - along with already announced Independence location. Might we see them in that beer-ready spot soon? BJs Brewhouse also building next to Cooper's Hawk.

 

- Legacy's mediocre Granite City closed this week - as this chain has other closings and lawsuits in past weeks. Could a Restoration Hardware next-gen mansion (orig planned for Beachwood Place and toying with Pinecrest) end up in that space+others? Maybe... 

 

- Harvard/271 - Abuelos Mexican closed after a dozen years in recent weeks. 

 

Other good-ish places busy. Bad places not. 

 

BTW - Jonathon Sawyer's new place in Van Aken was exceptional last weekend in extra-soft opening...

 

 

Thanks for the updates.  Hard to keep on top of this stuff.

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13 hours ago, eyehrtfood said:

Interesting east suburban restaurant shakeup this week and in recent weeks.

 

 

- Legacy's mediocre Granite City closed this week - as this chain has other closings and lawsuits in past weeks. Could a Restoration Hardware next-gen mansion (orig planned for Beachwood Place and toying with Pinecrest) end up in that space+others? Maybe... 

 

 

 

 

 

is rh next gen mansion like one of these below?

 

https://www.restorationhardware.com/content/category.jsp?context=DesignGalleries

 

funny i've never been inside the manhattan meatpacking district version and its like a block away from me.

also funny that no one ever seems to be in there when i walk by, but clevelandy arhaus around the corner always has people inside - ha!

i have been in the o.g. los angeles rh version though --- yes, it was very, very nice.

people would really go for something like that, with maybe a small restaurant inside or on the roof.

these versions are many levels above the old rh shops and definitely a destination retail type place.

i see there is one in easton in columbus, too, or one on the way.

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2 hours ago, mrnyc said:

 

 

is rh next gen mansion like one of these below?

 

https://www.restorationhardware.com/content/category.jsp?context=DesignGalleries

 

funny i've never been inside the manhattan meatpacking district version and its like a block away from me.

also funny that no one ever seems to be in there when i walk by, but clevelandy arhaus around the corner always has people inside - ha!

i have been in the o.g. los angeles rh version though --- yes, it was very, very nice.

people would really go for something like that, with maybe a small restaurant inside or on the roof.

these versions are many levels above the old rh shops and definitely a destination retail type place.

i see there is one in easton in columbus, too, or one on the way.

 

Yes, RH next-gen in CLE would be similar to that one but a new build more like 40K square feet. And yes restaurants are a big part of this they are even retrofitting earlier versions of these mansions with restaurants like Denver. Note: The Manhattan store will do $100MM business this year I've read. Restoration hardware large stores defy logic in the current retail age but are doing big business so they are building six or seven a year they say now expanding their original plans.

 

Some of the earliest versions of this they put in old buildings, but the new construction are generally what they're doing in mid-sized cities. They've recently opened in Kansas City planned for Pittsburgh opening in Columbus soon just open in Minneapolis - ending Boston in Chicago for instance they taking over classic old buildings.

 

One of these stores was originally in the plans for the Beachwood Place exterior/Richmond expansion that didn't happen, and was in early leasing plans for Pinecrest. An old restoration store is give or take 10K square feet as comparison. 

 

Here's the restaurant/galley in Minneapolis as an example of what to expect:

 

https://bringmethenews.com/.amp/minnesota-lifestyle/gallery-restoration-hardwares-new-edina-showroom-is-a-rich-persons-playground

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I was scrolling on google maps looking for a decent little spot near Parma to meet some family this week... and I stumbled across Peabody’s on Pearl and Fulton in Cleveland. Look at the owner’s responses to negative Google reviews!!! Lol.

 

i guess their urinals have pictures of Obama and Hillary

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^ Peak Parma right there!

FWIW - we’re fans of Das Schnitzelhaus on Pearl. I can’t speak to their politics though. 

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Sting, singing on the roof of the Barbican

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17 minutes ago, roman totale XVII said:

^ Peak Parma right there!

FWIW - we’re fans of Das Schnitzelhaus on Pearl. I can’t speak to their politics though. 


it’s actually in Cleveland.

 

I grew up in Parma Heights so I’m a tad sensitive to the stereotypes lol

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16 minutes ago, YABO713 said:


it’s actually in Cleveland.

 

I grew up in Parma Heights so I’m a tad sensitive to the stereotypes lol

 

I’ve spent my 10 or so years in Cleveland either on the east-side or downtown. I still can never figure out where the hell I am when I go southwest and make mistakes like this all the time. Much to the chagrin of my girlfriend, who is originally from Parma! 


And they reckon that the last thing she saw in her life was
Sting, singing on the roof of the Barbican

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As someone who grew up in north Parma near Old Brooklyn a little sensitive as well, but sadly most of the stereotypes are true and the SW suburbs are ........... not the pride and joy of the region. Lol.

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18 hours ago, YABO713 said:

I was scrolling on google maps looking for a decent little spot near Parma to meet some family this week... and I stumbled across Peabody’s on Pearl and Fulton in Cleveland. Look at the owner’s responses to negative Google reviews!!! Lol.

 

i guess their urinals have pictures of Obama and Hillary

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I wish there was a shocked reaction face on here 😧🤭

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11 minutes ago, Enginerd said:


I wish there was a shocked reaction face on here 😧🤭

 

This 😮

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"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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2 hours ago, GISguy said:

Bloom Bakeries are closing today:

https://bloombakery.com/announcement/

Sad but not at all surprising - they opened with a great menu and at least at the 200 Public Square location, the employees were engaging, friendly, etc. At some point they switched downgraded the menu, got rid of a lot of interesting options and the three times I gave them a try, it was a comedy of errors.

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^ My experience exactly. I really wanted this venture to succeed and it started out so well, but about 12 months in it all started to unravel. 

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And they reckon that the last thing she saw in her life was
Sting, singing on the roof of the Barbican

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1 hour ago, urb-a-saurus said:

What is going in next to Cooper's Hawk in Orange?  The foundation outline is visible, and work is progressing rapidly.

Something different than the Drury Inn and Suites? Because that’s the multiple story building going up

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21 minutes ago, mrclifton88 said:

Now Bloom, plus the PizzaFire and JGumbo spots all remain empty in that area on Euclid... hope they dont remain empty for a long time

The optimist in me wants to believe there's some master plan for these spaces, but who knows. There's no reason that one of the busiest spots in downtown should have such a large number of vacancies. If we lose Taco Bell we know there's a problem lol

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