December 17, 2022

All the Cleveland Restaurants That Closed In 2022

2020 and 2021 were brutal years for restaurant closings nationally and in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland lost beloved places like Lola, Greenhouse Tavern, Fire, Sokowloski's, Crop, Spice, and countless others. While restaurant closings have slowed down overall, 2022 still came with its fair share of goodbyes.
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 16-Bit Bar+Arcade
15012 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
It's "Game Over" for the Lakewood location of 16-Bit, which opened in August of 2014. The popular spot for arcade games closed in March. The closure made way for a new location (1880 West 25th St.) that opened this year
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16-Bit Bar+Arcade

15012 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

It's "Game Over" for the Lakewood location of 16-Bit, which opened in August of 2014. The popular spot for arcade games closed in March. The closure made way for a new location (1880 West 25th St.) that opened this year
 Oak and Embers Pinecrest
311 Park Ave., Orange Village
The barbecue restaurant at Pinecrest shut down in March. The good news for barbecue fans is that the locations in Chesterland (8009 Mayfield Rd.) and Hudson (7774 Darrow Rd.) both are doing "incredible" and will continue selling the same great mix of smoked meats, Southern comfort foods, bourbon and craft beer.
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Oak and Embers Pinecrest

311 Park Ave., Orange Village

The barbecue restaurant at Pinecrest shut down in March. The good news for barbecue fans is that the locations in Chesterland (8009 Mayfield Rd.) and Hudson (7774 Darrow Rd.) both are doing "incredible" and will continue selling the same great mix of smoked meats, Southern comfort foods, bourbon and craft beer.
 Lakewood AF
15208 Madison Ave., Lakewood
Lakewood AF, the combination poke and ice cream shop that opened in the former Ice Cream Joy space in the summer of 2021, permanently closed in April this year. The store was a collaboration between Cassandra Fear and Daniel Ang, owners of Fear’s Confections (15208 Madison Ave.) and Dang Good Foods (13735 Madison Ave.), respectively.
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Lakewood AF

15208 Madison Ave., Lakewood

Lakewood AF, the combination poke and ice cream shop that opened in the former Ice Cream Joy space in the summer of 2021, permanently closed in April this year. The store was a collaboration between Cassandra Fear and Daniel Ang, owners of Fear’s Confections (15208 Madison Ave.) and Dang Good Foods (13735 Madison Ave.), respectively.
 Flying Fig
2523 Market Ave., Cleveland
During the past two years alone, Cleveland diners have said goodbye to a dizzying number of upscale restaurants, among them Lola, Fire, Spice, Black Pig, Greenhouse, Chinato, Bar Cento and the Plum. Unfortunately, we lost another beloved restaurant this year, when Karen Small closed her beloved Flying Fig after 23 years in business. Fear not, a new concept recently opened in the space and Small also opened her breakfast spot Juneberry Table (3900 Lorain Ave.) this year.
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Flying Fig

2523 Market Ave., Cleveland

During the past two years alone, Cleveland diners have said goodbye to a dizzying number of upscale restaurants, among them Lola, Fire, Spice, Black Pig, Greenhouse, Chinato, Bar Cento and the Plum. Unfortunately, we lost another beloved restaurant this year, when Karen Small closed her beloved Flying Fig after 23 years in business. Fear not, a new concept recently opened in the space and Small also opened her breakfast spot Juneberry Table (3900 Lorain Ave.) this year.
 Sauce City Galley
1400 West 25th St., Cleveland
Sauce the City Galley took the place of the original Ohio City Galley but unfortunately didn’t last long. The Galley closed in early 2022 but Victor Searcy, the chef behind Sauce the City, recently opened a brick and mortar location of his beloved barbecue in University Heights (14480 Cedar Rd.)
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Sauce City Galley

1400 West 25th St., Cleveland

Sauce the City Galley took the place of the original Ohio City Galley but unfortunately didn’t last long. The Galley closed in early 2022 but Victor Searcy, the chef behind Sauce the City, recently opened a brick and mortar location of his beloved barbecue in University Heights (14480 Cedar Rd.)
 Blu, The Restaurant
3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood
Brad Friedlander once had two of the best restaurants in town at his corner in Beachwood, Red and Moxie. Moxie made way to Blu, which unfortunately closed this year.
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Blu, The Restaurant

3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood

Brad Friedlander once had two of the best restaurants in town at his corner in Beachwood, Red and Moxie. Moxie made way to Blu, which unfortunately closed this year.
 Battiste and Dupree Cajun Grill
1992 Warrensville Center Rd., South Euclid
With the permanent closure of Battiste & Dupree Cajun Grill, the Cleveland culinary scene has suffered a devastating blow. For fans of genuine New Orleans-style Creole and Cajun food, there was no better place to go in Northeast Ohio. The restaurant closed in May with little warning.
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Battiste and Dupree Cajun Grill

1992 Warrensville Center Rd., South Euclid

With the permanent closure of Battiste & Dupree Cajun Grill, the Cleveland culinary scene has suffered a devastating blow. For fans of genuine New Orleans-style Creole and Cajun food, there was no better place to go in Northeast Ohio. The restaurant closed in May with little warning.
  3 Palms Pinecrest
200 Park Ave., Orange Village
Pinecrest in Orange Village has seen quite a bit of turnover since opening in 2016. 3 Palms shuttered its doors in March, although their other two locations in Hudson (60 Village Way) and Crocker Park (27 Main St.) remain open.
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3 Palms Pinecrest

200 Park Ave., Orange Village

Pinecrest in Orange Village has seen quite a bit of turnover since opening in 2016. 3 Palms shuttered its doors in March, although their other two locations in Hudson (60 Village Way) and Crocker Park (27 Main St.) remain open.
 Pearl Asian Kitchen
20060 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights
When Rose Wong opened Pearl of the Orient in 1979, she saw a need for what she considered to be authentic Chinese food. To her palate, much of what was being served around Northeast Ohio bore little resemblance to the real thing. For many local diners, a visit to Pearl of the Orient was a culinary awakening that went well beyond the Americanized versions of Cantonese food served all over town. For 43 years, Pearl of the Orient was the East Side’s premier Asian eatery, a place that combined exciting food, gracious service and attractive dining spaces. That history ended in June.
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Pearl Asian Kitchen

20060 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights

When Rose Wong opened Pearl of the Orient in 1979, she saw a need for what she considered to be authentic Chinese food. To her palate, much of what was being served around Northeast Ohio bore little resemblance to the real thing. For many local diners, a visit to Pearl of the Orient was a culinary awakening that went well beyond the Americanized versions of Cantonese food served all over town. For 43 years, Pearl of the Orient was the East Side’s premier Asian eatery, a place that combined exciting food, gracious service and attractive dining spaces. That history ended in June.
 Thirsty Dog
1085 Old River Rd., Cleveland
Thirsty Dog Brewing in the Flats, which closed in early 2022, will not be reopening, according to a spokesperson for Sly Restaurant Group, the operator of the business. Taking the place of the five-year-old outpost of the Akron-based brewery will be another concept. Next up for the nearly 10,000-square-foot space is Rum Runners, a name that doubtless conjures memories for Clevelanders of a certain age.
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Thirsty Dog

1085 Old River Rd., Cleveland

Thirsty Dog Brewing in the Flats, which closed in early 2022, will not be reopening, according to a spokesperson for Sly Restaurant Group, the operator of the business. Taking the place of the five-year-old outpost of the Akron-based brewery will be another concept. Next up for the nearly 10,000-square-foot space is Rum Runners, a name that doubtless conjures memories for Clevelanders of a certain age.