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Michael Symon Closes Flagship Eatery Lola Bistro After 24 Years, Citing Covid Crisis as Untenable

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click to enlarge Barring unforeseen circumstances, Michael Symon’s flagship restaurant Lola Bistro is closed and will not reopen. The James Beard Award-winning chef announced the news to Scene in an emotional call. While not entirely unexpected, the timing of the closure was propelled by the discovery that two employees recently......

First Look: Edwins Too, Opening at Shaker Square this Friday November 20

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click to enlarge “People keep asking me why I’m opening right now,” says Brandon Chrostowski. “I say, it’s not the best time, but it’s the right time. Right now I’ve got 30 students and then another class coming in December, but I have half the dining room over at Edwins. I can’t......

Citing Virus Surge and Pressure on Healthcare Workers, Nighttown to Close Until Spring

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Nighttown owner Brendan Ring was among the very first restaurant owners in Cleveland to shut down operations at the onset of the pandemic. “We have a moral obligation,” he told Scene on March 12th, announcing that even a sold-out St. Patrick’s Day slate of festivities wasn’t worth staying open for......

Responsible Cleveland Restaurant Owners Band Together for #WeCantClose Effort Aimed at Heading Off Another Statewide Shutdown

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click to enlarge As Covid cases continue to rise and fears of another statewide lockdown loom, area restaurant owners are banding together to make their voices heard. Along with the Ohio Restaurant Association, prominent operators are announcing in no uncertain terms that they will be pushed to the brink of......

Rice Shop in University Heights to Close, Chicken Ranch from Chef Demetrios Atheneos to Open in its Place

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click to enlarge Anthony Zappola will close the Rice Shop (13892 Cedar Rd., 216-785-9490) following Thanksgiving weekend, the chef has just announced. The quick-serve restaurant, which had its genesis in Las Vegas before being revived at the Ohio City Galley, reopened at Cedar Center in June. The restaurant replaced Lox,......

Big Mamma’s Burritos Now Open in Gordon Square

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click to enlarge Update: Big Mamma’s Burritos is now open in Gordon Square Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Our preview post from August below: ***Big Mamma’s Burritos, a favorite of the Ohio University and Ohio State University student bodies, opened a Cleveland outpost in December in partnership......

Planted Offers Clean-Eaters Wholesome Options from Virtual Kitchen in Kamm’s Corners

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click to enlarge So-called “clean eaters” have a new option on Cleveland’s west side. Planted (17446 Lorain Ave., 216-284-6090), which operates essentially as a ghost kitchen in the presently shuttered Red Lantern restaurant in Kamm’s Corners, began offering food on October 22. According to partners Erica Carlberg and Eric Nugent, the......

Crust Pizza in Tremont Reopens Dining Room for the First Time Since March

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click to enlarge Like most restaurants, Crust (2258 Professor Ave., 216-583-0257) closed up shop in mid-March because of Covid. But unlike most of its competition, the three-year-old Tremont restaurant never reopened its dining room for dine-in service, instead focusing exclusively on take-out business. Starting tonight at 4 p.m., diners once again......

Chicken Run, the New Fast-Casual Spin-Off of Soho, to Open in Ohio City Wednesday Nov. 11

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click to enlarge For months, Soho Chicken + Whiskey (1889 W. 25th St., 216-298-9090) owners Nolan Konkoski and Molly Smith have been preparing to reopen their popular full-service restaurant in Ohio City as a new fast-casual concept. We now know that the quick-serve eatery will be called Chicken Run and it......

An All To-Go Cleveland Restaurant Week Runs Nov. 9-20

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Friday, November 6, 2020 An All To-Go Cleveland Restaurant Week Runs Nov. 9-20 Posted By Vince Grzegorek vgrzegorek@clevescene.com> on Fri, Nov 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM click to enlarge Cleveland Independents would very much like you to help support the city’s restaurants this November during Cleveland Restaurant Week, which runs......

Kate’s Fish Expands its Seafood Footprint at the West Side Market with New West Side Seafood Stand

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click to enlarge When Classic Seafood made the decision to not return to the West Side Market after shutting down in March, Kate’s Fish owner Tom McIntyre saw an opportunity for quick expansion. He took possession of the stand on the opposite end of the market hall and today opened......

Seven Circles of Tasty: Hell’s Fried Chicken is Serving Up Some of the Best Fried Chicken in Cleveland

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click to enlarge Sheng Long Yu is on an absolute tear. In the last year and a half alone, he has opened Dagu Rice Noodle shops in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Atlanta, a poke restaurant called iPoke near the Cleveland Clinic, and a shimmering new Shinto Japanese Steakhouse in Westlake to......

Amba, a New Indian-Inspired Ghost Kitchen from Doug Katz, Launches on Friday, November 6

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click to enlarge As promised, chef Doug Katz will be rolling out a second restaurant concept from his existing ghost kitchen in Cleveland Heights. Come Friday, November 6, Amba will share commissary space with Chimi, providing area diners with an entirely different roster of dishes for pick-up and delivery. Whereas......

Rib-Shaped Pork Patty Fans Rejoice: McDonald’s Bringing Back Cult Favorite McRib Sandwich

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You read that right: McDonalds’ cult favorite McRib sandwich is back. Somehow, it keeps coming back. This fall, the McRib — so named even though it contains no actual ribs — will make its first appearance in roughly a decade. And, as per previous reintroductions, the return will likely be......

Good Company in Detroit Shoreway and The Plum in Ohio City are Closed Until at Least Spring, Says Owner Brett Sawyer

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Monday, November 2, 2020 Good Company in Detroit Shoreway and The Plum in Ohio City are Closed Until at Least Spring, Says Owner Brett Sawyer Posted By Douglas Trattner on Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 10:04 AM click to enlarge Chef-owner Brett Sawyer announced via social media that both of......

Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland Heights to Permanently Close After a Decade in Business

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click to enlarge Typically, if we’re speaking to Matt Fish it’s about a new location of his successful restaurant chain Melt Bar & Grilled. After all, he’s opened nine new stores (plus spin-off spots at Cedar Point, Progressive Field and the Case campus) since launching in Lakewood 14 years ago.......

Aldi’s Boozy Advent Calendars Hit Stores the Day After the Election

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The geniuses at Aldi have done it again. Not only are their legendary advent calendars extra awesome this year, they’re also hitting stores the morning after the election, on November 4. So if you need to buy a daily dose of alcohol and cheese to get through the end of......

Popular Seafood in a Bag Spot Boiler 65 Bound for Bedford

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click to enlarge Boiler 65, the popular seafood in a bag concept that debuted three years ago in Gordon Square (6410 Detroit Rd., 216-862-5893), will open a third location in Bedford. That spot is a former Applebee’s restaurant near the intersection of Rockside and Northfield roads (411 Northfield Rd.). The......

Yonder, a Breakfast and Lunch Spot in Asiatown, Opens Monday

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click to enlarge This Monday, November 2nd, Yonder (3859 Superior Ave.) will open its doors. The restaurant is described by manager D.J. Tifp as a breakfast and lunch place with counter service and some dine-in seating. There is no website or posted menu as of now, but diners can expect a......

With the Passing of Arnie Esterer, the Wine World Loses a Legend

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click to enlarge If you’ve enjoyed a glass of fine Ohio wine, you likely have Arnie Esterer to thank for it. The pioneering Ohio winemaker was one of the first in the region to cultivate with consistent success European vinifera grapes as opposed to the cloyingly sweet native cultivars. Last......

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