For his Lighthouse's Anniversary, Don Dishes Up a Real Deal

Venerable Cleveland seafood and steak stop Don’s Lighthouse is marking its 35th anniversary through the end of September with a couple of pretty good deals. For one, diners can hook a four-course dinner – including a choice of appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, and dessert, from a special anniversary menu – for a mere $35. For the other, fans can visit the restaurant's website to register to win a free monthly meal for two, for a year. (The winner will be announced Sept. 30.) While it was never actually a lighthouse, the landmark building on Lake Avenue at the west end of the Shoreway has a colorful history, dating back to 1932, when it catered to the Edgewater Beach crowd as Poschke’s, “the world’s largest hamburger restaurant.” In the 1940s, it became one of the first midwestern Howard Johnson locations. And in 1972, it was purchased by the Strang family, and made its debut as Don’s. -- Elaine T. Cicora