Look for another huge name in Cleveland dining to crash the W. 25th Street party. Marlin Kaplan is teaming up with Garage Bar owners Jeff Allison and Adam Waldbaum to rebrand Dragonfly (1865 W. 25th St., 216-696-7774, www.dragonflycleveland.com) as a "nouvelle American/Asian-fusion restaurant." Following a brief closer this month, the dewy new Dragonfly will emerge the first week of April.
In addition to minor physical changes to the dining room, the team will be entirely revamping the menu. Diners can expect far fewer steaks and chops, replaced by Asian-tweaked seafood and modern American dishes. Though sushi (and Kimo) will remain on board, those selections too will be reworked into small plates, Bento boxes and entrée-sized features.
Some likely items include black bass carpaccio, soft shell crab tempura, scallops and bacon sushi, roasted chicken with Asian succotash, and spicy chicken and prawns with rice noodles and curry.
"In a way this goes back to Marlin's roots," explains Myra Orenstein, his representative. "He'll be offering the kind of really creative foods that will make people sit up and say 'Wow.' He's very excited about it."