The Moda nightclub building was a black spot on Ohio City when it was open, the scene of fights, drugs, and crowds that drew countless complaints from residents. Then the owner was put away for laundering money and the building sat empty for years, a black spot in a whole new way. Efforts to open a new bar or club were blocked by just about everyone involved.
But ice cream? Who doesn't love them some ice cream.
The PD reports today that Mitchell's, the local purveyor of some of the finest ice cream known to man, signed an agreement to buy the Moda building where it plans to open a store and move its kitchen operation.
"We have no interest in having a store anywhere outside the Greater Cleveland area," Pete Mitchell told the paper. "So we want to make sure we have a presence in the city of Cleveland." For now, Mitchell's has been centered on the fringes of Northeast Ohio — Bay Village, Beachwood, Rocky River, Solon, Westlake and soon to be in Avon and Strongsville.
As for the nitty gritty on the numbers:
Cleveland has offered Mitchell's $220,000 in loans, through programs aimed at reviving vacant properties and supporting retail businesses.
Mitchell's will assume the balance - $76,798 - on a $120,000 loan that the city provided for the Moda redevelopment in 1999. The loan term will be extended to 20 years.
The ice cream slingers say they hope to be operational in Ohio City by Spring 2012.
Update: Heather Bormann, the alleged victim in the drunk Matthew Fox assault incident, visited the prosecutor's office Tuesday morning to press for charges to be brought against the actor, who wasn't arrested at the time of the alleged assault.
Bormann told Fox 8, "Right now it's considered a civil matter and that's why he was ultimately released Sunday morning, so I would have to press charges."
Regardless of the criminal matter at hand, Bormann says she plans on filing a civil suit.
The summer of movie-making in Cleveland has brought the gawkers, the stars, and the dough, but to this point, not the controversial celeb-tinged incident. Until now.
Details are still sketchy and so far it's only a one-sided story, but a woman claims that Lost star Matthew Fox, who is town filming the Tyler Perry movie "I, Alex Cross," assaulted her early Sunday morning on a party bus.
Fox 8 reports that the alleged victim says the drunk Fox tried to board a party bus for a ride back to his hotel. For some reason, the actor's Hollywood cache did little to persuade the strangers to welcome him, maybe because they were all peeved at how Lost ended. Keeping her compact with the riders, the victim says she told Fox that since he was not part of the group, he would not be allowed to board for a free taxi ride.
Good afternoon, Cleveland. Here's some stuff to read while you get mad at us for tricking you with that headline.
— "Bill Watterson Writes, Illustrates, Shreds New 'Calvin And Hobbes' Strip Each Morning Out Of Spite." (The Onion)
— At least a few folks in Elyria want city council to make a law against flash mobs even though 1) There haven't been any flash mobs in Elyria, and 2) The event they're concerned about a flash mob ruining is the annual Apple Festival. Really. (Chronicle Telegram)
— As FitzGerald uses the absentee ballot issue as a party fundraising point, everyone looks forward instead, to the inevitable Ed FitzGerald vs. Jon Husted steel cage match. Or something like that. We've got 2-1 odds it's Husted who ends up body slammed into the Spanish announcer's table. (Cleveland.com)
Brought to you by the folks at Deadspin, here's what purports to be red hot evidence of Peyton Hillis pinching his hard-earned pennies in the worst possible way. That said, maybe Hillis is just consciously tapping the rich vein of history we have in these parts of cheap pro athletes. If you can't read the print, he dropped $10 on $105, which is . . . yeah . . .
No word on where the stiffing went down. The tipster only told Deadspin the recipe is from a “nice” eating establishment in the 216.
Bath salts — the head shop incense you're not supposed to put up your nose according to the label, common sense and medical sources everywhere but should you do so will induce a wild hallucinatory brain scramble complete with mental light shows, violent urges, foxhole flash backs, sexual mania, bouts of irrational nudity and other verifiable antisocial behavior — will be banned in October. An end of an era, this is — if you've been watching the headlines over the last year, you know Parma Blow (as bath salts have become known in certain media circles) is responsible for the wildest moments of reported news we've been lucky enough to aggregate for your work-day procrastinating pleasure. And you are welcome.
As we thumb through the vast door-stopper anthology of bath salt stories, one stands out: the April 25th robbery of Papa Smokes, a Mentor-on-the-Lake head shop.
You look for many things in a leader — expertise, composure, intelligence, a sense of humor, a calming influence during troubling times. You want a well-rounded individual, and everyone brings his/her own specialty to the table. Jimmy Dimora, for instance, could tell you every prime rib special in a three-county radius at any given time.
Ed FitzGerald, it turns out, is a nerd. Yes, an actual nerd with nerd creds. The kind of guy who knows Kit Fisto's home planet is Glee Anselm, or that "The Penguin's" real name is Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, or that the average height of a hobbit is 3' 6".
Well, we're assuming he knows those things, because when FitzGerald took a tour of the Avengers set to see how Cuyahoga County's money was being spent, he dropped some nerdage on The Plain Dealer.
"I'm a big fan of his work on (the television series) 'Firefly,'" he said, admitting he was not as big a fan of Whedon's work on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." "I think he was impressed that I knew he wrote the theme song to 'Firefly.'"
As the PD's Henry Gomez reminds us on Twitter, Fitz also liked "Rubicon" and "The Wire." Well done, sir. We knew you were the right man for the job.
Every prostitution sting thrown together by the police has an eye on the Big Fish. Yeah, sure, if you're a vice cop working the beat, you're happy to cuff the truck drivers, conference attendees, congregation deacons and other small-caliber low lifes prowling the back corners of America for by-the-hour love and affection. But fingers are always crossed for an Eliot Spitzer-like score.
Down in Lima, the Allen Count Sheriff's Department recently ran a undercover operation on illict venery that didn't turn up any governors, but did land two local heavyweights in the holding cell. According to LimaOhio.com, a small town mayor and high school girl's basketball coach were recently collared when authorities crashed the party at a local Econo Lodge.