All the Cleveland Restaurants That Have Closed Since the Pandemic Began
Unfortunately, the last two-plus years has been a rough period for the restaurant industry. From social distancing and people not eating out to supply chain issues and staff shortages, the industry has seen closings all across the country. Cleveland has been hit particularly hard, with beloved restaurants like Fire, Sokolowski's, Spice, Lola, Black Pig, the Plum, and others closing their doors. Here are all the restaurants we've lost since the pandemic began.
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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 in 2022.
311 Park Ave., Orange Village
The barbecue restaurant at Pinecrest shut down in March of 2022. 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.
13220 Shaker Square., Cleveland
After 20 years in business, local celebrity chef Doug Katz closed his signature restaurant, Fire. But that gave way for Katz to focus on new spots including the Middle Eastern Zhug (12413 Cedar Rd.
) in Cleveland Heights and Indian inspired Amba (1430 West 28th St.
) in Ohio City.
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 of 2022. 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.
850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
While the original Hatfield’s (16700 Lorain Ave.
) is still going strong, they closed their express output in 2021.
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 in 2022, when Karen Small closed her beloved Flying Fig after 23 years in business. Fear not, a new concept should be opening in the near future and Small also recently opened her breakfast spot Juneberry Table (3900 Lorain Ave.
1906 East Sixth St., Cleveland
This downtown sushi spot closed its doors in the summer of 2020. It reopened under a new name of Hako (13603 Madison Ave.
) in Lakewood later that year.
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.
1900 E. 6th St., Cleveland
After a brief two-year run, the Souper Market downtown has closed. Owner Matthew Moore took over the former Tea House Noodles (1900 E. 6th St.
) space in 2019 and said that business was good, but he closed yesterday "earlier than anticipated for various reasons." The good news is that he has secured a new retail space downtown at The Standard (99 W. St. Clair Ave.
500 West St. Clair Ave., Cleveland
After 17 years in business, Zdenko Zovkic closed his Warehouse District steakhouse in May of 2020. Zovkic recently opened Jade (1048 Old River Rd.
), an Asian fusion concept in the East Bank of the Flats.