There appears to be no stopping Eric Rogers. The passionate chef parlayed a fast-casual sandwich concept in Cleveland Heights called Black Box Fix into a mini-empire that shows little sign of slowing down.
When a larger space became available down the block, Rogers moved and expanded his popular sandwich concept into a full-service restaurant called The Fix Bistro
(2195 Lee Rd.), which melds Soul and Cajun style flavors into one happy menu. In the original spot, he opened Sweet Fix
(2307 Lee Rd.), a neighborhood bakery, with a partner. Next up for Rogers was Fawaky Fix
(2234 Lee Rd.), a partnership with the owner of Fawaky Burst Juice that offers cold-pressed and blended juices, salads, rice bowls, wraps and paninis.
Tomorrow, Rogers will reprise the popular Black Box Fix
concept at Legacy Village (25359 Cedar Rd.). When it opens at noon, the fast-casual restaurant will offer a menu that fans of the original concept will instantly recognize. Gut-busting sandwiches like the OMG Philly (a hoagie-style bun filled with sautéed shrimp, grilled chicken, mushrooms, onions, peppers and "yum-yum" sauce) and the Railroader (fried chicken, smoked gouda and sautéed mushrooms on toasted brioche) join new items like turkey burgers.
Rogers worked tirelessly to transform a former yogurt shop into a sleek little café, he says, that fits into its surroundings.
“It’s an elegant, beautiful space that really fits Legacy,” Rogers says.
The fast-casual lunch and dinner spot has 18 seats for diners who elect to eat in, but all food is presented in the eponymous shiny black take-out boxes. If it’s at all like the original shop, newcomers should expect efficient, friendly customer service.
For a guy who started cooking at the age of 13, the move to Legacy feels especially sweet to Rogers.
"They called us, and that was something that made us very proud, being one of the first black-owned businesses to go in Legacy Village," he says. "It's a whole different market, and we have to prove ourselves, but I think it's a model that crosses cultural borders."