It appears that Ciao Bistro (3800 Whitman Ave.), the Ohio City restaurant that broke the internet following the owner’s offensive social media comments, has closed. The signs are down at the attractive brick building that has been home to a string of short-lived eateries in the past six years.
After announcing last fall his plans to open the Italian restaurant, owner Shawn Taylor (or somebody with access to his personal Facebook account) penned the infamous three-word insult — "liberal white cunts" — beneath a Facebook post
by Cleveland Scene announcing that very opening. While most prognosticators assumed that the business would never take flight given the gaffe, Taylor soldiered on, opening the restaurant despite near-universal repudiation.
As neighbors could attest, the restaurant was almost never patronized, a diorama of an empty dining room on a quiet residential side street. This endured for roughly six excruciating months until the signs finally came down and the doors were locked.
We’ll let you know if and when the space welcomes its next tenant.
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