The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind for chef Jeff Jarrett. He left his post at Hudson's North End Market after a year and a half; he traveled to China to adopt a child; and he returned home just in time to launch his own restaurant.
Slated to open this week or next in the space previously occupied by Le Volte Grille, Palate (12214 Pearl Rd. in Strongsville, 440-238-8500, palatecleveland.com) is a 60-seat bistro that will feature Jarrett's take on seasonal American cuisine.
The chef said that while Strongsville is "no Tremont," it also isn't Hudson. "Being in Hudson, you miss out on a lot of the business from Cleveland and nearby suburbs," he explains. "You also don't get invited to participate in the big charity events that your colleagues do."
Christopher Von Alt, former GM at North End, will serve in the same capacity at Palate.
Add Thai to Ohio City's medley of ethnic restaurants. Banana Blossom (2800 Clinton Ave., 216-696-5529, bananablossomthaicuisine.com) opened quietly in the former home of Jazz 28 and Halite. Owner Amy Visatsud says that she had been shopping around for locations when she fell in love with Ohio City.
"I was born and raised in Cleveland," she explains, "and I've enjoyed watching the rejuvenation taking place in that neighborhood."
The massive-by-all-accounts menu features some 60 dishes, both familiar and exotic. Visatsud says the kitchen is particularly proud of the crab Rangoon, green papaya salad, and hot and spicy crispy duck.
Prices are largely in the $6 to $16 range during lunch and dinner.
The Greenhouse Tavern (2038 East Fourth St. downtown, 216-393-4302, thegreenhousetavern.com) lost its pastry chef a few months back when Keri Garcia left to start a family. Chef Jonathon Sawyer says that he finally has plugged the sweets gap with the recent hiring of Frances Killea.
"She's friggin' badass," says Sawyer of Killea, who has created desserts for a number of local businesses, including Whole Foods.
One to try: Banana bread brûlée with housemade Nutella.
"It's a cross between bananas Foster and the greatest peanut butter sandwich you ever had," Sawyer coos.