Fadi Daoud, owner of the upscale burger bar BRGR 9 (1382 W. Ninth St., 216-535-0001), says that his Warehouse District restaurant has been closed since Thursday, December 5 thanks to an underground water line failure.
"I think it was a crushed line under the street," he reports. "The flood that came in our basement came from under the street."
All of the restaurant's walk-in coolers and storage are on the lower level, he adds. "It's bad."
"Closing right in the middle of the holidays is a nightmare," he says. "My main concern is my employees — trying to keep them busy with work."
Daoud says that city work should be completed early this week and he intends to reopen by Tuesday or Wednesday.
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It's been a few months since Andrew Zimmern and his crew spent time in Cleveland filming for an upcoming episode of the show Bizarre Foods America, but tonight is the Big Night. The Cleveland episode — titled "Pighead and Perch" — airs for the first time tonight at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel.
While in town, Zimmern hit popular spots like the West Side Market, Katz Club Diner, Chef's Garden, Ray's Sausage, Greenhouse Tavern and Certified Angus Beef, among others.
Certified Angus Beef corporate chef Scott Popovic says that his company's involvement with the show came about thanks to a seating arrangement at an awards gala.
"It's an interesting story," he says. "Two years ago we shared a table with Zimmern at the James Beard awards. One thing led to another and two years later his people called our people and said Andrew was going to be in town and he'd love to see what you guys are doing."
At Certified Angus Beef, Zimmern spent the day with meat scientist Dr. Phil Bass exploring dry-aged steak and new cuts of beef such as the Denver steak, Popovic says. At Greenhouse, Zimmern and chef owner Jonathon Sawyer prepare the now-famous roasted pig head. At Ray's Sausage, he and the owner make souse.
Here's an interview with Zimmern that ran in Scene immediately following his visit.
Jimmy Fallon loves Sokolowski's University Inn.
The late night television host made a surprise visit to the restaurant yesterday evening after wrapping up a promotional gig in Cleveland with an NBC affiliate.
"It was just before we opened yesterday," co-owner Bernie Sokolowski told Scene. "A car pulled up and some people where waiting outside. We offered for them to come in to get out of the cold. It turned out to be Jimmy Fallon, his sister, and some NBC folks." He's pretty much the last person you think you would see, Sokolowski added.
When asked why he'd chosen University Inn, Fallon said that Michael Symon told him if he was ever in Cleveland to stop by Sokolowski's (thatta boy, Chef Symon!).
After a restaurant tour, in which he pointed out the famous Bill Clinton table and joked he wanted a Fallon table, the TV host talked to customers and posed for some quick pics before being sent home with the largest doggie bag ever.
"We packed up a bunch of our classics," Sokolowski said. "...stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes, periogies, potato soup, kielbasi and sauerkraut" to take back on his jet to New York City.
Fallon then posted this to Twitter:
Sokolowski's University Inn - D E L I C I O U S! #Cleveland http://t.co/5qWuW1xqDf
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) November 22, 2013
Myxx, a short-lived restaurant in the Cedar-Fairmount neighborhood of Cleveland Heights that had the unfortunate tagline "Dine, Drink and Degage," closed in late 2012 after the city declared it a public nuisance.
Since then, residents wondered what would replace it considering that the space, previously a Jillian's Billiard Club for 20 years, was roughly 10,000 square feet. Well, we have our answer. Come spring, the space will welcome a Buffalo Wild Wings.
Richard Andrews, owner of BW3 spots in Lyndhurst, Bainbridge and Sandusky, has already commenced work on the space, which will use just 6,000 square feet of the space. No tenant has claimed the remaining 4,000 square feet. A large bar will sit on the western half of the space, while the eastern half will be dedicated to the kitchen and dining room. A new rear patio will be enclosed and heated in the winter and opened up in summer.
"I love the neighborhood aspect of the location and the proximity to Case, UH and Cleveland Clinic," Andrews explains. "The Cedar-Fairmount district is an active, vibrant area."
BW3 started with one bar near the campus of Ohio State University back in 1982 and has since grown to more than 900 locations.
"Beer, wings and sports are the three key words for us," Andrews adds. The menu also offers starters, flatbreads, sandwiches and burgers.
An all new draft system will supply 30 domestics and crafts on tap, with another 40 or more by the bottle. TVs and tabletop tablets will allow guests to control music selections or play trivia or other games.
Look for a March or April opening.
We told you that we honestly couldn't think of anywhere we'd rather spend a Thursday night than at Reddstone, eating at drinking at this year's Kentucky Beer Dinner- turns out, last night's meal was even better than we expected.
The smattering of samples began rolling in around 7:30 p.m. and continued until well after 9:30 p.m.
Our favorites? The Kentucky IPA and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ranked high on our list, as did the candied bourbon chicken wings and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout brownie.
If you're bummed you missed out, here are some photos for you to peruse, plus you can find Kentucky Ale at Giant Eagle, Heinen's, and many major retailers here in Cleveland.
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Ohio City's TownHall and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown are joining forces this Thanksgiving to help feed the hungry.
TownHall and Amer-I-Can, a national program and movement founded by Brown, will provide thousands of turkey dinners on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Clevelanders needing a little extra help this holiday season.
Also on hand at this year's "Feed the Need" event will be Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee, former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, and possibly Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilman Joe Cimperman.
For more information on the event, and on Brown's organization, visit Amer-I-Can.org