Awaiting Lure with baited breath . . . From the department of "Everything Always Takes Longer Than You'd Think" comes the news that Lure Bistro (38040 Third Street, 440-941-TUNA), Nick and Giovanna Kustala's très hip hangout in Willoughby, will be up and running any day now. While the couple originally had hoped to have this extension of their fine Bratenahl restaurant Lure open in time to capitalize on the warm weather, nothing ever goes as planned, does it? In any case, the bistro's mouthwatering menu of sushi, seafood, pasta -- and of course, Kustala's signature dish of Potato-Crusted Alaskan Halibut, here served with vegetable fritters, fried spinach, caviar, and chive crème frâiche ($20) -- should have hungry diners beating a path to the door, no matter when it's finally installed . . . Speaking of construction delays, chef Donna Chriszt reports she is up to her elbows in demolition debris and lovin' it. Although she initially thought she could whip things into shape at the former Miracles by the end of August, Chriszt now hopes to open her new Tremont hotspot, OZ Bar and Bistro (2391 West 11th Street), around the end of September.
Wine time . . . Wine-and-food events -- extravaganzas wherein fine foods are paired with top-notch wines -- used to be something of an oddity hereabouts. But now, you can't pop the cork on a bottle of Lambrusco without splashing grape juice on a new one. This week's crop includes a tasty-sounding alfresco feast at the Flying Fig (2523 Market Street, 216-241-4243), scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 17. The $65 event will feature limited production "vanguard" wines from around the world, matched with dishes from chef-owner Karen Small's creative kitchen. In case of rain, all the action moves inside.
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