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Comment Archives: stories: Dining

Re: “Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant Serves Up Red-sauce Comfort in Olmsted Falls, and Will Soon Do the Same in Ohio City

Sounds really good, although it's strange to have to choose between bread, soup, or salad.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by gwanner on 01/04/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant Serves Up Red-sauce Comfort in Olmsted Falls, and Will Soon Do the Same in Ohio City

We love JoJos, John and his family. This was a hidden gem but we couldn't keep it a secret and are so happy the rest of Cleveland will soon find out that this will be their new favorite restaurant!
Congratulations John!
Ed and Kelly McAuley

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by KellyMcA on 01/04/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

And are no shows more or less of a problem when diners are using an online service like OpenTable? I realize the cost of the service to a restaurant, but when I have to cancel a reservation, it can be done in seconds on OpenTable - without the (relative) "shame" or hassle of calling the restaurant = I am guaranteed to cancel if I can't make it vs just letting it go if I had to call. (For what it's worth, I won't even make reservations if I have to call these days - places like Momocho - who feel they don't need OT due to cost and demand, though they forget things like the benefits stated above, which could pay them back on the no-show side of the equation...)

Posted by CLESpree on 01/02/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

With airlines, you pay in advance.

with concerts, same thing.

Hotel reservations, you book your reservation with a credit card

French Laundry and Per Se have done this, but they're in rarefied air. If a C,LE restaurant can get a Michelin star, they can nad will require you to pay in advance.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by franky on 12/31/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

Nope!

What needs to happen is you give a reservation a ten minute buffer to show up. For example, if a guest has a 6:30 reservation, they have until 6:40 to arrive and secure the table. If they do not show, the reservation is voided and the table is opened to anyone, including walk-ins. And the policy needs to be clearly explained to all guests.

This way, it allows for a maximum of table turnover and a minimum of idle space in the venue. More restaurants need to adopt such a policy and people making reservations need to honor their arrival time. Business is business. This allows smaller restaurants a chance to maximize their space for the greatest number of guests.

17 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by buckeyehoppy on 12/31/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

I bank on 200 no shows per year at NeXT

Its part of the trade some people are just caught up in there own worlds to care about ours

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Michael Blackie on 12/30/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

Even a confirmed reservation can be a no-show. Last night at Broussard's (New Orleans) a 9-top did just that.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Argol on 12/30/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

I disagree with the not taking credit cards notion.
Most people readily give their number feelings no more secure that their reservation is guaranteed.,
especially with larger parties.
It's a business.

15 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Gautreau's-New Orleans on 12/29/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

Long story short: think of someone besides yourself.

22 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Abe Froman on 12/29/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Around the World In a Cookie Tray

Living in Arizona for the past 13 yrs, one of the things I miss most is the ethnic bakeries that I have left behind in the Cleveland area. Here in the Phoenix area, there are only a few good bakeries. Cleveland is still rich with ethnic heritage.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Karen VZ on 12/22/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Pizza (216) Might Aim to Be More Than Just Pizza, But Pies Are Where It Really Excels

When a pizza place says "more than JUST pizza," I wonder why they demean their main product like that. Maybe "just" pizza is what they think they are serving? That's how I take it anyway. Hope they do well!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by aglazen on 12/22/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Pizza (216) Might Aim to Be More Than Just Pizza, But Pies Are Where It Really Excels

NY style pizza! Sounds yummy...but does 19 bucks for a pie seem a little steep to anyone else?
They're targeting the suburban visitors and the hotel guests and the tourist trade.
And the rich folks who live downtown.

Chuckles the Clown

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 12/22/2016 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Neighborhood Butcher Shops Are Back in a Big Way, Like Recently Opened Ohio City Provisions

Parma also has some outstanding neighborhood meat shops. Read about it in Belt Magazine's Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook. I write about how rebounding neighborhoods like OHC actually have a lot to learn from "uncool" Parma; maybe it is time to stop trashing it.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by George Mount on 12/16/2016 at 10:58 AM
Posted by shasha on 12/15/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Neighborhood Butcher Shops Are Back in a Big Way, Like Recently Opened Ohio City Provisions

I wish you guys great success in the future. I owned a butcher shop in Sharpsburg, a suburb of Pittsburgh for 19 years. I can really relate to how you are raising the bar by going "Old School" in modern days

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Joe Coleman on 12/14/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Neighborhood Butcher Shops Are Back in a Big Way, Like Recently Opened Ohio City Provisions

I'm so happy that true butchers are making a comeback. The Westside market is great. But, their meat is already cut and sitting there. And, as far as being without antibiotics, hormones or steroids, I just think certain stands may or may not be free of that stuff. I have waited many years for a comeback..

13 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Sharon Sneed on 12/14/2016 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Neighborhood Butcher Shops Are Back in a Big Way, Like Recently Opened Ohio City Provisions

Ever hear of the West Side Market? They have been doing the same thing for over 100 years! And located in Ohio City!!

4 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Michael Turczyk on 12/14/2016 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Neighborhood Butcher Shops Are Back in a Big Way, Like Recently Opened Ohio City Provisions

Back in the 60s my grandfather"s butcher gave kids hot dogs. Fun times.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by oldmeat on 12/14/2016 at 1:53 AM

Re: “Godfather of Cleveland Dining: The 50-year Legacy of Carl Quagliata

I've enjoyed the pleasure of treating friends and relatives to dinner at Giovanni's. The humor is, we enter a fairly simple entrance, and then we are "blown away" with the extremely top notch staff, atmosphere, and menu. Often these guests return on their own.

Posted by Marsha Tregloan on 12/09/2016 at 11:09 AM

Re: “The Best Cubanos and Puerto Rican Food in Town Shine at the New Location of Caribe Bake Shop

Thanks for this tip! I visited Caribe for the first time last weekend and enjoyed rice, beans, empanadillas, the blood sausage and chicharrones. I can't wait to go back!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by philby64 on 12/09/2016 at 10:24 AM

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