Velvet Tango Room to Reopen on Monday, April 5

Velvet Tango Room to Reopen on Monday, April 5
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Back in February we reported that the Velvet Tango Room, Cleveland's storied cocktail lounge, had changed hands. Some 25 years after opening the Duck Island bar, owner Paulius Nasvytis sold the property lock, stock and liquor barrel to Sly Restaurant Group.

The Velvet Tango Room (2095 Columbus Rd., 216-241-8869), now under new ownership, will reopen for the first time in more than a year on Monday, April 5, according to Rebecca Riemer, marketing coordinator with Sly.

As for changes that customers might observe upon returning, Riemer stated, "We bought it and are planning on changing nothing, so everything will stay the same – the same cocktails, the same staff, same décor, same everything.”

New owner Ron Leonhardt has been a patron and fan of Velvet Tango Room for years, added Riemer.

“It’s an iconic Cleveland-based operation and that’s kind of what he does,” Riemer says. “He saw the opportunity and jumped on it.”

Going forward, the days and hours of operations will be Monday-Friday 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 6 p.m.-1 a.m., closed Sundays.

There will be live music every night that the bar is open. 
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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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