Opening Tonight: Indie on East 4th Street

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click to enlarge Indie is now open on East 4th Street. - Douglas Trattner
Douglas Trattner
Indie is now open on East 4th Street.

Tonight's the big night for Indie, the music-themed eatery that took over the former Greenhouse Tavern space on East 4th St. Owners Gabriel Zeller and Julie Mesenburg will officially open the doors at 4 p.m. Going forward, the restaurant will be open for dinner seven nights a week, along with Saturday and Sunday brunch.

The husband-and-wife team are also behind Char Whisky Bar in Rocky River, Avo Modern Mexican in Ohio City and Lago at Lakeside, a seasonal operation in Marblehead.

To the many diners who have made their way through this iconic space, the changes are dramatic enough to stop one in his or her tracks. And for lovers of independent music, the dining room offers near limitless eye candy in the form of 240 framed concert posters that span the musical spectrum. Thanks to QR codes, guests will be able to dig into the backstory on each of the posters.

The restaurant seats approximately 100 diners on the main floor and front mezzanine. The rear mezzanine has been closed to dining and will open as a snug spirits lounge a few months down the road. The final piece of the puzzle comes in the form of the rooftop lounge, which will come online in spring.

Indie features a Southern-styled menu starring appetizers like green tomato hush puppies, spoon cornbread and braised and seared pork belly with slaw. Mains include a shrimp Po' Boy, chicken and waffles, a seafood boil and Hatch chili mac and cheese. Parties of four or more will want to consider the whole fried chicken dinner with all the fixings or the Country Picnic, a platter loaded with cooked and cured meats, cheeses, pickled veggies, nuts, spreads, preserves and breads.

Brunch fans can look forward to a weekly brunches with evolving musical themes.

The cocktails, all created by Mesenburg, will have a musical tie-in as well. Drink names include Hey Jealousy, Bloodbuzz Ohio and Here Comes the Night Time.
click to enlarge Indie is now open on East 4th Street. - Douglas Trattner
Douglas Trattner
Indie is now open on East 4th Street.
click to enlarge Indie is now open on East 4th Street. - Douglas Trattner
Douglas Trattner
Indie is now open on East 4th Street.

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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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