December 17, 2018

21 Cleveland Restaurants We'll Miss in 2019

While Cleveland's food scene continues to impress, not every local restaurant, bakery and eatery made it through 2018. Here's a look at some of the places we said goodbye to this year.

While Cleveland's food scene continues to impress, not every local restaurant, bakery and eatery made it through 2018. Here's a look at some of the places we said goodbye to this year.

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 Coquette Patisserie
11607 Euclid Ave.
Hours spent at the intimate University Circle boîte seemed to slip right by thanks to bottomless glasses of Champagne, just-shucked oysters, dreamy French pastries and the kind of conversation that has been replaced by droning televisions. Sadly, all of that came to an end in April when the Culeys lowered the curtain on the beloved shop and said “au revoir.” 
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Coquette Patisserie

11607 Euclid Ave.

Hours spent at the intimate University Circle boîte seemed to slip right by thanks to bottomless glasses of Champagne, just-shucked oysters, dreamy French pastries and the kind of conversation that has been replaced by droning televisions. Sadly, all of that came to an end in April when the Culeys lowered the curtain on the beloved shop and said “au revoir.”

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Hot Sauce Williams
7815 Carnegie Ave.
A major era in Cleveland food will come to an end on March 31 when the Carnegie location of Hot Sauce Williams closed its doors for good. While there are two other locations left to get your Polish Boy fix, the Carnegie mainstay is sorely missed. 
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Hot Sauce Williams

7815 Carnegie Ave.

A major era in Cleveland food will come to an end on March 31 when the Carnegie location of Hot Sauce Williams closed its doors for good. While there are two other locations left to get your Polish Boy fix, the Carnegie mainstay is sorely missed.

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Bac Asian Bistro
2661 W. 14th St.
With the opening of Ninja City in Detroit Shoreway, owner Bac Nguyen decided to close his flagship restaurant in Tremont to focus exclusively on the new venture. After an admirable eight-year run, the Bac Asian Bistro closed on April 14. “That place is my baby,” Nguyen said of the closure. “Me and my family put our hearts and souls into that place. It allowed us to pivot from what we were doing at other restaurants earlier.”
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Bac Asian Bistro

2661 W. 14th St.

With the opening of Ninja City in Detroit Shoreway, owner Bac Nguyen decided to close his flagship restaurant in Tremont to focus exclusively on the new venture. After an admirable eight-year run, the Bac Asian Bistro closed on April 14. “That place is my baby,” Nguyen said of the closure. “Me and my family put our hearts and souls into that place. It allowed us to pivot from what we were doing at other restaurants earlier.”

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Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern
11625 Euclid Ave. 
When it opened in 2014, the Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern was a revival of one of Cleveland’s most beloved and historic clubs. The current lease expired in November and management pulled up stakes. Fans are still able to hang out and eat dogs at the Gordon Square location. The future of the legendary club, however, once again is uncertain. 
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Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern

11625 Euclid Ave.

When it opened in 2014, the Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern was a revival of one of Cleveland’s most beloved and historic clubs. The current lease expired in November and management pulled up stakes. Fans are still able to hang out and eat dogs at the Gordon Square location. The future of the legendary club, however, once again is uncertain.

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Bistro 185
991 East 185th St. 
As it so often does in this business, Bistro 185's notice that it was "closed for remodeling" has turned out to be only partially true. The restaurant closed for good in November. It's sad for Collinwood as the restaurant had been a neighborhood asset. Two years ago, chef Ryan Kaston purchased the restaurant from owners Marc and Ruth Levine, who successfully operated it for a decade. Before that, the attractive bar and restaurant was known as John Christie’s Tavern. It just couldn’t hold on. 
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Bistro 185

991 East 185th St.

As it so often does in this business, Bistro 185's notice that it was "closed for remodeling" has turned out to be only partially true. The restaurant closed for good in November. It's sad for Collinwood as the restaurant had been a neighborhood asset. Two years ago, chef Ryan Kaston purchased the restaurant from owners Marc and Ruth Levine, who successfully operated it for a decade. Before that, the attractive bar and restaurant was known as John Christie’s Tavern. It just couldn’t hold on.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Brasa Grill
1300 W. 9th St. 
Through a Facebook post, Brasa Grill, Cleveland’s first but no longer only, Brazilian steakhouse has announced that it closed in November. The Warehouse District staple was known for offering a bountiful salad bar and a continuous stream of grilled and roasted meats, served tableside by spit-and-saber wielding servers. 
Photo Courtesy of Brasa Grill Steakhouse, Facebook

Brasa Grill

1300 W. 9th St.

Through a Facebook post, Brasa Grill, Cleveland’s first but no longer only, Brazilian steakhouse has announced that it closed in November. The Warehouse District staple was known for offering a bountiful salad bar and a continuous stream of grilled and roasted meats, served tableside by spit-and-saber wielding servers.

Photo Courtesy of Brasa Grill Steakhouse, Facebook
North Main Diner
16 North Main St., Chagrin Falls
The story was almost too good to be believed. John Krissinger, a Chagrin Falls grad, was scouring the business-for-sale websites looking for a Cleveland-based restaurant when he happened upon a listing for Dink's diner, a beloved community asset for more than 50 years. In Late January, North Main Diner closed, lasting just two years and following in the steps of Fresh Start Diner and Dink’s before it. 
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North Main Diner

16 North Main St., Chagrin Falls

The story was almost too good to be believed. John Krissinger, a Chagrin Falls grad, was scouring the business-for-sale websites looking for a Cleveland-based restaurant when he happened upon a listing for Dink's diner, a beloved community asset for more than 50 years. In Late January, North Main Diner closed, lasting just two years and following in the steps of Fresh Start Diner and Dink’s before it.

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Cha Spirits and Pizza
3800 Whitman Ave.
The second iteration of Cha Spirits and Pizza, which opened in Ohio City last December, closed for good Sept. 15. Owner Susan Walters had hoped for more after the move from Battery Park, but a disagreement on new lease terms at the Whitman Ave. space means the end of business. That location was previously home to the short-lived Pasta and Pastries.
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Cha Spirits and Pizza

3800 Whitman Ave.

The second iteration of Cha Spirits and Pizza, which opened in Ohio City last December, closed for good Sept. 15. Owner Susan Walters had hoped for more after the move from Battery Park, but a disagreement on new lease terms at the Whitman Ave. space means the end of business. That location was previously home to the short-lived Pasta and Pastries.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen
8130 Broadview Rd., Broadview Heights
Since the restaurant opened five years ago, it has enjoyed not only steady business by “bringing a taste of the Big City to the 'burbs,” but also raked in awards like Best New Restaurant, Best of Cleveland, and countless other honors, not the least of which was being invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York.  Still, the place closed in June.
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Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen

8130 Broadview Rd., Broadview Heights

Since the restaurant opened five years ago, it has enjoyed not only steady business by “bringing a taste of the Big City to the 'burbs,” but also raked in awards like Best New Restaurant, Best of Cleveland, and countless other honors, not the least of which was being invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York. Still, the place closed in June.

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University Circle Corner Alley
11409 Euclid Ave. 
The Corner Alley in uptown closed in May. While the restaurant and bowling alley has operated in its University Circle spot since 2014, the venue was apparently too big to keep operations going. The downtown location is still going strong. 
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University Circle Corner Alley

11409 Euclid Ave.

The Corner Alley in uptown closed in May. While the restaurant and bowling alley has operated in its University Circle spot since 2014, the venue was apparently too big to keep operations going. The downtown location is still going strong.

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