The grumpy gourmet . . . Cleveland's way-cool restaurateurs aren't the only ones getting their names on the pages of Gourmet magazine. The May edition's Letters From Our Readers column includes a missive from North Ridgeville's Paula Santirocco, taking issue with an article by Benjamin Cheever ("Have You Seen the Sandwich Man?", February 2000). In it, the author documents his brief and tiring stint at a N.Y.C. sandwich shop, where he cut the cheese and did research for a new book on jobs. "I found [the article] elitist and insulting to the millions of people who labor at jobs paying $6.25 an hour or less," wrote Santirocco, a 42-year-old principal flutist for the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. "For many people, such a job is their livelihood. Coming home exhausted isn't a joke for them, and they don't have the luxury of quitting after three weeks." Reached at home, Santirocco said she was still mad. "I guess years of being a starving musician have made me sensitive to the need to show respect for people who labor very hard at jobs like these. This guy, Cheever, showed no respect." Santirocco, who cooks as a hobby, reports the mag edited out her final words: "I'm canceling my subscription," she wrote. "Send me a refund."
All shook up . . . The massive renovation of Shaker Square has claimed another eatery. Lucy's Sweet Surrender (13209 Shaker Square) closed May 13 to make way for Joseph Beth Booksellers, a mega-bookstore slated to consume 32,000 square feet of the Square's 34,400-square-foot Quadrant A. (Former victims of the rampant gentrification project include Hunan on the Square and Arabica.) Lucy's owner, Michael Feigenbaum, opened the bakery just last year as an offshoot of the original Lucy's Bakery on Buckeye Road. "It's tough enough staying in this business," he observes, "without this kind of treatment." The upside for strudel lovers is that Lucy's will reopen in July at 2775 South Moreland, just off of the square and right next to National City Bank. The new location will be larger, with 48 seats and a wider selection of baked goods, pastas, sandwiches, grilled items, and coffee drinks.
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