Flight delay . . .
As city officials stay busy mismanaging plans to expand Hopkins Airport, general manager Bob Hartman says staffers at his 100th Bomb Group Restaurant (20000 Brookpark Road, 216-267-1010) are torn between grounding and taking off. The restaurant, situated just beyond the airport's northern boundary, is in the path of the expansion project and was expected to relocate this winter. Hartman had been planning to close up shop in January and reopen in nearby digs by the following April. But the recent revelation that the city failed to secure a piece of property required to reroute Brookpark Road -- delaying the airport project by nearly a year -- has played havoc with his schedule. "We'll remain open as long as possible in this location," says a resigned Hartman, noting that the new building's construction depends on the rerouting of both Brookpark and Grayton roads. "At this point, I doubt we will be moving until late summer or early fall." When it finally relocates, the restaurant will gain five private dining rooms and more than 9,000 square feet of space. However, no changes are expected to the menu -- a collection of steaks, salads, and hearty "farmhouse favorites," like meatloaf and gravy, pot roast with chive dumplings, and beer-cheese soup -- or to the clever WWII-era, Normandy-farmhouse decor.