December 23, 2021

20+ Of the Most Anticipated New Cleveland Restaurants Opening in 2022

After a disastrous 2020, the Cleveland restaurant scene bounced back in a big way this past year. Local diners (and drinkers) were treated to high-profile openings like Goma, Acqua di Luca, JoJo’s Bar, Last Page, Cloak & Dagger, Avo Modern Mexican, BrewDog, Immigrant Son and Cent’s Pizza. While many of the same Covid-related challenges persist, the coming year should be filled with compelling new entries as well.  

Other projects that Scene is keeping tabs on include Karen Small’s Juneberry, Northstar Café, Martha on the Fly, Mabel’s BBQ East, Choolaah in Ohio City, Anna in the Raw, and Pins Mechanical/16-Bit in Ohio City.

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A.J. Rocco’s
828 Huron Rd. E., Cleveland
After an 18-year run, A. Brendan Walton shuttered his popular Gateway District spot A.J. Rocco’s. When it reawakens in the coming year, it will do so next door in the former Huron Point Tavern/Alesci's building, which is undergoing significant improvements. The full-service bar and restaurant will be casual enough to accommodate sports lovers but nice enough for date night.

A.J. Rocco’s

828 Huron Rd. E., Cleveland

After an 18-year run, A. Brendan Walton shuttered his popular Gateway District spot A.J. Rocco’s. When it reawakens in the coming year, it will do so next door in the former Huron Point Tavern/Alesci's building, which is undergoing significant improvements. The full-service bar and restaurant will be casual enough to accommodate sports lovers but nice enough for date night.
Amba
1430 West 28th St., Cleveland
After a successful run as a ghost-kitchen concept, Doug Katz’ Amba is headed to the Hingetown neighborhood of Ohio City, where it is setting up shop in a former printing press. When it opens in the coming weeks, the slickly designed dining room will feature a bar and semi-open kitchen. A separate barroom will offer a different, more casual small-plates atmosphere.

Amba

1430 West 28th St., Cleveland

After a successful run as a ghost-kitchen concept, Doug Katz’ Amba is headed to the Hingetown neighborhood of Ohio City, where it is setting up shop in a former printing press. When it opens in the coming weeks, the slickly designed dining room will feature a bar and semi-open kitchen. A separate barroom will offer a different, more casual small-plates atmosphere.
Bartleby
1430 West 28th St., Cleveland
For years, the historic United Banking and Trust Building in Ohio City had been home to Crop Bistro. Soon, it will reopen as Bartleby, a “modern supper club” from owner Morgan Yagi. Designed by renowned Cleveland architecture firm Walker & Weeks, the dazzling space features 35-foot ceilings, an original mural and a lower-level bank vault.

Bartleby

1430 West 28th St., Cleveland

For years, the historic United Banking and Trust Building in Ohio City had been home to Crop Bistro. Soon, it will reopen as Bartleby, a “modern supper club” from owner Morgan Yagi. Designed by renowned Cleveland architecture firm Walker & Weeks, the dazzling space features 35-foot ceilings, an original mural and a lower-level bank vault.
Beachwood Truck Park
24619 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood
This year, Dan Deagan will attempt to replicate the success of his Lakewood Truck Park on the other side of town when he opens the Beachwood Truck Park. Apart from the architecture, a decommissioned fire station on Chagrin Boulevard, the setup and systems will be largely familiar to fans.

Beachwood Truck Park

24619 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood

This year, Dan Deagan will attempt to replicate the success of his Lakewood Truck Park on the other side of town when he opens the Beachwood Truck Park. Apart from the architecture, a decommissioned fire station on Chagrin Boulevard, the setup and systems will be largely familiar to fans.
Cherie
1126 Old River Rd., Cleveland
The Flats East Bank is getting a “chic, romantic and intimate” wine bar called Cherie. Partners Merrick Wolstein and Amanda Chamoun have gone to great lengths to create a European-inspired lair with lounge-style seating, banquettes and chandeliers. Guests can look forward to small plates to pair with the vino.

Cherie

1126 Old River Rd., Cleveland

The Flats East Bank is getting a “chic, romantic and intimate” wine bar called Cherie. Partners Merrick Wolstein and Amanda Chamoun have gone to great lengths to create a European-inspired lair with lounge-style seating, banquettes and chandeliers. Guests can look forward to small plates to pair with the vino.
Elle
33730 Bainbridge Rd., Solon
Solon-based operators Jay Leitson and Izzy Schachner (of 56 Kitchen and Birdigo) are at it again with Elle. Set inside the former Harvest Kitchen property, the “Bohemian-chic” Mediterranean restaurant will focus on bright, fresh and seasonal dishes, many cooked over a live-fire grill.

Elle

33730 Bainbridge Rd., Solon

Solon-based operators Jay Leitson and Izzy Schachner (of 56 Kitchen and Birdigo) are at it again with Elle. Set inside the former Harvest Kitchen property, the “Bohemian-chic” Mediterranean restaurant will focus on bright, fresh and seasonal dishes, many cooked over a live-fire grill.
Fahrenheit
55 Public Square., Cleveland
Rocco Whalen is relocating his 20-year-old Tremont hotspot Fahrenheit to the long-dormant John Q's Steakhouse spot on Public Square. When it opens in late 2022, the restaurant will boast an 8,000-square-foot main floor and 4,300-square-foot second level with rooftop seating. Expect an even finer-dining version of the celebrated restaurant.

Fahrenheit

55 Public Square., Cleveland

Rocco Whalen is relocating his 20-year-old Tremont hotspot Fahrenheit to the long-dormant John Q's Steakhouse spot on Public Square. When it opens in late 2022, the restaurant will boast an 8,000-square-foot main floor and 4,300-square-foot second level with rooftop seating. Expect an even finer-dining version of the celebrated restaurant.
Filter
740 W. Superior Ave., Cleveland
Kyler Smith of Sauce Boiling Seafood Express fame is putting the finishing touches on Filter, his biggest move yet. The fine-dining, full-service restaurant will open in the former Take 5 Rhythm and Jazz space in the Perry–Payne Building. When it does, the restaurant will inject a much-needed dose of entertainment and nightlife into that corner of the city.

Filter

740 W. Superior Ave., Cleveland

Kyler Smith of Sauce Boiling Seafood Express fame is putting the finishing touches on Filter, his biggest move yet. The fine-dining, full-service restaurant will open in the former Take 5 Rhythm and Jazz space in the Perry–Payne Building. When it does, the restaurant will inject a much-needed dose of entertainment and nightlife into that corner of the city.
Indie
2038 East 4th St., Cleveland
By the time you read this, Indie very likely will have opened. Owners Gabriel Zeller and Julie Mesenburg have reshaped the former Greenhouse Tavern space on East 4th into a shrine to independent music thanks to 100s of framed concert and tour posters. Diners can look ahead to Southern-styled foods, many shareable, along with music-themed brunches.

Indie

2038 East 4th St., Cleveland

By the time you read this, Indie very likely will have opened. Owners Gabriel Zeller and Julie Mesenburg have reshaped the former Greenhouse Tavern space on East 4th into a shrine to independent music thanks to 100s of framed concert and tour posters. Diners can look ahead to Southern-styled foods, many shareable, along with music-themed brunches.
Intro Restaurants
2138 West 25th St., Cleveland
When all is said and done, INTRO in Ohio City will offer residents and visitors three separate F&B options. Leaps and Bounds will be a stylish all-day café. Pioneer is a spacious, contemporary but casual sports bar serving wood-fired foods. And Jaja, a second-floor dining room featuring a retractable glass roof and airy patio, will serve small plates and steaks with a lounge-like vibe.

Intro Restaurants

2138 West 25th St., Cleveland

When all is said and done, INTRO in Ohio City will offer residents and visitors three separate F&B options. Leaps and Bounds will be a stylish all-day café. Pioneer is a spacious, contemporary but casual sports bar serving wood-fired foods. And Jaja, a second-floor dining room featuring a retractable glass roof and airy patio, will serve small plates and steaks with a lounge-like vibe.