I've read the new (chicken ala kingless menu, FYI) and am not quite sure how much things have really changed... Had it gone from upscale diner to burger joint - or vice versa - then maybe so... But the changes might be big to Katz Club - but not so much to the diners... Only thing I notice is the (continued) smallish menu...
Wonder if any work was done on the atmosphere - like the odd, quiet, jut-out from dining room - that had no music - but two tables - so you could hear the stranger next to you breath, swallow, chew, etch...
No mention of whether bar car is still running... or did it already stop. And unfortunate that crowds apparently weren't coming late - as the diner now shuts by 10 any night, some 9 - and closed 2 days a week (name another restaurant that does that...)
This reads "the place is in more trouble than stated" to me - though hope not...
Glad to have them in Chagrin Falls, down the street from my house.... That the cupcakes aren't all that good and that they take that time-saving/cheating step of squirting on the frosting instead of hand icing each cupcake like even massively successful/high volume bakeries like Sprinkles do, is my main gripe with them. But who am I?
You are an elitist, Doug Trattner. The Cheesecake Factory makes nearly everything on the lunch/brunch/dinner menu rom scratch, within their walls. This is no Applebees, with bagged product, etc...
I eat at Cheesecake 2 or 3 times a week, for reliably good and tasty food. When not there, you will find me at favorites of yours, like ML Tavern...
Give us a break with the Cheesecake hatred. Wasn't that local celeb chef fave Chris Hodgson at the bar the other night? That's all the validation the place needs for me.
Good article. People forget even with no population growth there are still 3.5 MM people within about an hour of downtown. Tons of growing cities like charlotte, Indy, Columbus have 1.5-2mm people. Will grow a long time to get to Cleve popukafiknl
Why don't you just marry Columbus, Trattner (you, too, Ruhlman...) or move there if it's so fantastic. You totally smooched them on the a** with this puff piece. Didn't you get the memo? Do-no-wrong Columbus is Cleveland's mortal enemy. All they do is rub in our face how rotten CLE is - and how perfect they are - they deserve NO praise... - whether they've earned it or not...
Ohio's "largest city"... right... you're 3rd largest metro in the state Columbus... or didn't you know...? Act like it.
First off, never understood why Vine and Bean didn't become "Lucky's Cafe" east - to play off the national exposure that has gotten (since menu was similar...). And despite comments above, even weekends weren't very crowded from our 10-12 visits.
Not noted above but noted on Lucky's Cafe Facebook page is that they are hoping to find a new location... wonder if that means a more traveled east side locale (Cedar-Lee, Coventry, etc...?) Let's hope so...
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