The transformation from Coastal Taco to Lindey's Lake House
is nearly complete in the Flats. Come Monday April 8, diners can observe the changes – both in terms of décor and food – themselves as the doors officially open to the public.
Coastal Taco quietly closed on the last day of 2018. Since opening the beachy taqueria almost three years ago, owner Rick Doody came to the realization that there’s more to life than just tacos. This past November, Doody opened Lindey’s Lake House next door to his popular Beachwood restaurant Cedar Creek Grille, and he has been so pleased with the reception that he decided to expand the concept downtown.
“We’re trying to build a brand in Cleveland,” he says. “People love the vibe of Coastal Taco, the bar-centricness of the place, but you’ve got to have more than just tacos these days.”
When the paper comes off the windows, diners will discover a casual but fashionable setting that conjures images of the Hamptons, Cape Cod or Michigan’s Walloon Lake, a destination that holds a special place in Doody’s heart. The new Lake House décor ups the comfort factor with more booths, roomier furniture, enhanced lighting and a fresh coat of paint.
“We’re trying to kick it up a notch, to get rid of some of the hokeyness,” Doody says. “A place where you’re willing to spend $20 instead of $3 for a taco.”
Like the original in Beachwood, this one will offer a wide range of approachable, appealing American foods. Starters include guac and chips, skillet cornbread, spicy calamari and hot crab dip. Taco platters and thin-crusted brick oven pizzas share top billing with popular Lake House items, as well as some plucked from Cedar Creek Grille. On offer will be fried chicken, fish and chips, lobster rolls, cedar-planked salmon and steak frites.
“It’s like the best of both worlds,” Doody notes.
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