April 08, 2022

All The New Cleveland Restaurants (And an Arcade Bar) That Have Opened So Far In 2022

Cleveland has said goodbye to plenty of restaurants during the pandemic years, but it's also said hello to a healthy batch of fresh ones. 2022 is shaping up to be a bumper year on that front, with plenty of doors opening in the first few months with plenty more waiting around the corner this summer. Here's what's debuted so far (or opening very, very soon).
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Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade
1880 West 25th St., Cleveland
A project that was first announced in 2019 finally reached the finish line in March. Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, which opened in Ohio City, was previously home to Daniels Furniture. The sprawling entertainment complex spans 27,000 square feet spread across two floors. While the all-ages social destination is one cohesive attraction, it is comprised of two separate venues. Cleveland gamers likely will be familiar with 16-Bit, the classic arcade game emporium that for six years lured nerds to Lakewood. Joining that concept is Pins Mechanical, Rise’s duckpin bowling brand.
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Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade

1880 West 25th St., Cleveland

A project that was first announced in 2019 finally reached the finish line in March. Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, which opened in Ohio City, was previously home to Daniels Furniture. The sprawling entertainment complex spans 27,000 square feet spread across two floors. While the all-ages social destination is one cohesive attraction, it is comprised of two separate venues. Cleveland gamers likely will be familiar with 16-Bit, the classic arcade game emporium that for six years lured nerds to Lakewood. Joining that concept is Pins Mechanical, Rise’s duckpin bowling brand.
Jade
1048 Old River Rd., Cleveland
Zdenko Zovkic closed his Warehouse District mainstay XO Prime Steaks, but recently opened a new establishment down in the Flats, where he’ll be presiding over Jade. This ambitious Asian-fusion concept offers guests three different experiences on three different levels. Moving up from the ground floor, diners will progress from street food and sushi to upscale dining and finally a stylish rooftop club. The main floor will be a no-reservation dining room with a lengthy sushi bar, separate cocktail bar and plenty of seating. On the menu will be sushi, steamed buns, noodles and other "street food" style items. The second floor, reached either by an elevator or grand staircase, has its own small bar and lounge plus a dining room. There, diners will enjoy sashimi, whole fish, steak and Asian-inspired items.
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Jade

1048 Old River Rd., Cleveland

Zdenko Zovkic closed his Warehouse District mainstay XO Prime Steaks, but recently opened a new establishment down in the Flats, where he’ll be presiding over Jade. This ambitious Asian-fusion concept offers guests three different experiences on three different levels. Moving up from the ground floor, diners will progress from street food and sushi to upscale dining and finally a stylish rooftop club. The main floor will be a no-reservation dining room with a lengthy sushi bar, separate cocktail bar and plenty of seating. On the menu will be sushi, steamed buns, noodles and other "street food" style items. The second floor, reached either by an elevator or grand staircase, has its own small bar and lounge plus a dining room. There, diners will enjoy sashimi, whole fish, steak and Asian-inspired items.
Lulo Cafe
1360 East 9th St., Cleveland
Late last year, Anna Harouvis closed her Good To Go Café after a 20-year run in the IMG building. The move allowed the chef to focus on her next location, which will open soon at the AECOM building  Lucky for the workers in the IMG Center, the space was quickly claimed by Stefhanie and Mario Montoya, who operate the lovely Lulo Kitchen (1273 W. Ninth St.,) in the Warehouse District. Last month, the husband-and-wife team opened Lulo Café, a spin-off, of sorts, from their original Pan-Latin eatery. Walk-in customers can expect a similar line-up of coffees, teas, juices, smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, bowls and plates. There will be a heightened emphasis on breakfast items like overnight oatmeal, acai bowls with tropical fruit and grab-and-go Latin pastries like pan de queso, buñuelos and empanadas.
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Lulo Cafe

1360 East 9th St., Cleveland

Late last year, Anna Harouvis closed her Good To Go Café after a 20-year run in the IMG building. The move allowed the chef to focus on her next location, which will open soon at the AECOM building Lucky for the workers in the IMG Center, the space was quickly claimed by Stefhanie and Mario Montoya, who operate the lovely Lulo Kitchen (1273 W. Ninth St.,) in the Warehouse District. Last month, the husband-and-wife team opened Lulo Café, a spin-off, of sorts, from their original Pan-Latin eatery. Walk-in customers can expect a similar line-up of coffees, teas, juices, smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, bowls and plates. There will be a heightened emphasis on breakfast items like overnight oatmeal, acai bowls with tropical fruit and grab-and-go Latin pastries like pan de queso, buñuelos and empanadas.
Build the Pho
11440 Euclid Ave.., Cleveland
Before the close of March, a new lunch and dinner option opened at Uptown in University Circle. Build the Pho, as the name suggests, is a build-your-own-bowl-style Vietnamese noodle shop. The restaurant is in the former Bamboo Garden space on Euclid. The new eatery is owned by Sheng Long Yu, who also operates Shinto, Kenko Sushi, Dagu Rice Noodle, Hell’s Fried Chicken, and recently announced an ambitious Asiatown food hall.
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Build the Pho

11440 Euclid Ave.., Cleveland

Before the close of March, a new lunch and dinner option opened at Uptown in University Circle. Build the Pho, as the name suggests, is a build-your-own-bowl-style Vietnamese noodle shop. The restaurant is in the former Bamboo Garden space on Euclid. The new eatery is owned by Sheng Long Yu, who also operates Shinto, Kenko Sushi, Dagu Rice Noodle, Hell’s Fried Chicken, and recently announced an ambitious Asiatown food hall.
Boss ChicknBeer
120 Front St., Seven Hills
Heather Doeberling and Emily Moes made such a splash with their popular food truck Boca Loca that they opened a Berea-based brick-and-mortar operation of the same name a couple years later. They parlayed those early successes into Boss ChicknBeer , which they opened in 2018, also in Berea. Recently, they sold both Boca Loca ventures to focus on Boss, a brand bound for bigger things. Seven Hills will be their third location in addition to Berea and a Bay Village location that opened in 2021.
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Boss ChicknBeer

120 Front St., Seven Hills

Heather Doeberling and Emily Moes made such a splash with their popular food truck Boca Loca that they opened a Berea-based brick-and-mortar operation of the same name a couple years later. They parlayed those early successes into Boss ChicknBeer , which they opened in 2018, also in Berea. Recently, they sold both Boca Loca ventures to focus on Boss, a brand bound for bigger things. Seven Hills will be their third location in addition to Berea and a Bay Village location that opened in 2021.
Welcome to the Farm
1054 Old River Rd., Cleveland
Welcome to the Farm, a live-music and entertainment venue from Forward Hospitality Group and country music star Chase Rice, opened to the public on March 4. The club is located in the same building in the Flats as Smokey’s BBQ and Saloon, which also is nearing opening day. The 5,250-square-foot space features a center stage, capacity for 280 people, and garage doors that open up to a patio on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The venue joins other Forward Hospitality Group (which includes former Cleveland Indians’ second basemen Jason Kipnis as a part owner) properties in the neighborhood such as Good Night John Boy and FWD and will become part of a diverse portfolio that also includes Garden City, Bell & Flower, 3 Palms and SeeSaw.
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Welcome to the Farm

1054 Old River Rd., Cleveland

Welcome to the Farm, a live-music and entertainment venue from Forward Hospitality Group and country music star Chase Rice, opened to the public on March 4. The club is located in the same building in the Flats as Smokey’s BBQ and Saloon, which also is nearing opening day. The 5,250-square-foot space features a center stage, capacity for 280 people, and garage doors that open up to a patio on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The venue joins other Forward Hospitality Group (which includes former Cleveland Indians’ second basemen Jason Kipnis as a part owner) properties in the neighborhood such as Good Night John Boy and FWD and will become part of a diverse portfolio that also includes Garden City, Bell & Flower, 3 Palms and SeeSaw.
Juneberry
3900 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
There is a silver lining to the closure of Jack Flaps, a popular breakfast diner in Ohio City. Chef Karen Small took the space over and will open a diner of her own. The cafe will serve breakfast-all-day and lunch items until the early afternoon. Small, who is also in the process of a new concept at the recently closed Flying Fig (2523 Market Ave.,) in the same neighborhood was motivated to grab the space because of what she believes is a gap in the marketplace. Juneberry will feature an all-day breakfast and lunch menu largely inspired by the chef’s decade spent living outside of Athens, Ohio. *Opening soon.
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Juneberry

3900 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

There is a silver lining to the closure of Jack Flaps, a popular breakfast diner in Ohio City. Chef Karen Small took the space over and will open a diner of her own. The cafe will serve breakfast-all-day and lunch items until the early afternoon. Small, who is also in the process of a new concept at the recently closed Flying Fig (2523 Market Ave.,) in the same neighborhood was motivated to grab the space because of what she believes is a gap in the marketplace. Juneberry will feature an all-day breakfast and lunch menu largely inspired by the chef’s decade spent living outside of Athens, Ohio. *Opening soon.
Anna In The Raw
1300 East 9th St., Cleveland
It's been six long months since Anna Harouvis shuttered her 20-year-old Good to Go Café at the IMG building downtown — and as she likes to say, she hasn't been lying on a beach in Greece all winter. Instead, she been putting her heart and soul into her new café, which is located in the lobby of the AECOM building across the street.  At 2,000 square feet, the new Anna in the Raw location is more than twice the size of the original café. Like the original café, this new shop will be a boon for “clean food” lovers thanks to the chef’s roster of raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and wholesome foods. In addition to Harouvis' signature line of cold-pressed juices, there will be soups, salads, sandwiches and heartier dishes. Coolers will be stocked with fresh juices and grab-and-go items.
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Anna In The Raw

1300 East 9th St., Cleveland

It's been six long months since Anna Harouvis shuttered her 20-year-old Good to Go Café at the IMG building downtown — and as she likes to say, she hasn't been lying on a beach in Greece all winter. Instead, she been putting her heart and soul into her new café, which is located in the lobby of the AECOM building across the street. At 2,000 square feet, the new Anna in the Raw location is more than twice the size of the original café. Like the original café, this new shop will be a boon for “clean food” lovers thanks to the chef’s roster of raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and wholesome foods. In addition to Harouvis' signature line of cold-pressed juices, there will be soups, salads, sandwiches and heartier dishes. Coolers will be stocked with fresh juices and grab-and-go items.
 Sauce The City 
14480 Cedar Rd., University Heights 
Victor Searcy Jr. once again is making moves. The enthusiastic entrepreneur made a name for himself by selling one of the city’s best hot chicken sandwiches at the original Sauce the City stand in the former Ohio City Galley space (now closed), at First Energy Stadium and Rocket Mortgage Field House. Next up is a fast-casual restaurant in University Heights. Searcy has taken over the former Fishstix space in the Cedar Green shopping plaza.
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Sauce The City

14480 Cedar Rd., University Heights

Victor Searcy Jr. once again is making moves. The enthusiastic entrepreneur made a name for himself by selling one of the city’s best hot chicken sandwiches at the original Sauce the City stand in the former Ohio City Galley space (now closed), at First Energy Stadium and Rocket Mortgage Field House. Next up is a fast-casual restaurant in University Heights. Searcy has taken over the former Fishstix space in the Cedar Green shopping plaza.
Filter
740 W. Superior Ave., Cleveland
Since opening his first Sauce Boiling Seafood Express restaurant in 2019, Kyler Smith has gone on to open four more locations in Ohio, with more on the way. In February, Smith opened Filter in  former Take 5 Rhthym and Jazz space in the Perry–Payne Building and the changes are dramatic, to say the least. Sporting a lounge-like atmosphere, with shimmering fabric panels, a DJ booth and lengthy bar, the 120-seat restaurant and bar is bound to attract attention.
The menu is under the control of chef Jarrett Mines, whose client roster as a private chef includes top players from the Cleveland Browns. Diners can look forward to American fare like pasta, fish, lamb chops and steak.
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Filter

740 W. Superior Ave., Cleveland

Since opening his first Sauce Boiling Seafood Express restaurant in 2019, Kyler Smith has gone on to open four more locations in Ohio, with more on the way. In February, Smith opened Filter in former Take 5 Rhthym and Jazz space in the Perry–Payne Building and the changes are dramatic, to say the least. Sporting a lounge-like atmosphere, with shimmering fabric panels, a DJ booth and lengthy bar, the 120-seat restaurant and bar is bound to attract attention. The menu is under the control of chef Jarrett Mines, whose client roster as a private chef includes top players from the Cleveland Browns. Diners can look forward to American fare like pasta, fish, lamb chops and steak.