"Restaurants have been absolutely vital to the success of Cleveland's neighborhoods," explains Todd Gauman over beers at ABC Tavern. "The West Side Market has been in Ohio City for over 100 years, but it took Great Lakes Brewing Co. to really set things in motion. Look at what Lola did for Tremont."
For Gauman, a longtime events organizer, the germ for a culinary-themed adventure was born. When it kicks off with its inaugural tour on April 28, NEO Food Tours. will use the power and draw of restaurants to introduce diners to neighborhoods.
"These restaurants give people a reason to come explore these neighborhoods," he adds.
Every other Thursday evening, Gauman and his team will lead curious and hungry explorers through Cleveland's historic neighborhoods. Their partners in this adventure are the chefs and restaurateurs who call those blocks home.