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The Mercury Lounge

Cleveland may not have much in the way of genuine celebrities, but we do seem to have a corner on the reality-TV market. There's Fredo LaPonza and Michael Cardamone from Average Joe, Stephanie Cahn from Average Joe II, and Tammy Pescatelli from Last Comic Standing, to name a few. Several of these shooting stars got their start at Mercury Lounge, the chic Warehouse District bar where Cleveland's famous, wannabe famous, and dressed-like-they'll-someday-be-famous all hang out. When reality-TV casting directors come searching for Cleveland's hottest new thing (no, this is not an oxymoron), the Mercury Lounge is their first stop.


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