Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Brothers Lounge is back, and bluesier than ever

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM

The dust has started to settle since Friday night’s fab grand opening of Brothers Lounge. And you can tell by the look on co-owners Chris Riemenschneider’s and Roger Rich’s faces that the multimillion-dollar, ceiling-to-floor makeover of what was once Cleveland’s most venerable blues hotspot was worth the three-year wait. ... With the club’s debut buzz calming, the three-bars-in-one are getting down to the business of booking blues bands nearly every night of the week, on two stages, in both its concert hall and wine bar. Tonight, Jim & Eroc command the concert-hall stage from 8 to midnight. For the rest of the week in the wine bar, you can hear the Joe Rizzi Trio (7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow) and Sarah Jane Keith & Dan Murphy (6 to 9 p.m. Thursday). On Friday, both stages get workouts with Indigo in the wine bar from 6 to 9 p.m. and Kristine Jackson in the concert hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The wine-bar stage takes a break on Saturday, when Moko Bovo is booked in the concert hall from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. If you’re not into the music, take a tour of the joint. Enter the west entrance, and you’re greeted with a rustic shot-and-a-beer vibe with draft and bottled brews for the asking. Walk past the full-service kitchen and lofty sound booth, and you’re met with a ginormous dance floor and the concert-hall stage. Swing to the left, and you can belly up Bar No. 2 with its shelves of top-of-the-line liquors. Take another left, and pull up a chair and order from the kitchen in the wine bar near the east entrance. And if you’re enterprising enough, ask to see the Brothers Room on the second floor, where Riemenschneider, Rich, and GM Giuseppe O’Connell plan to book private parties for CD releases, art-exhibit openings, and moderately sized conventions. As Cleveland Councilman Jay Westbrook told us at the grand opening: “It’s bigger and better than I ever thought it would be.” The bar is located at 11609 Detroit Avenue, and it’s open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily. Call 216-226-2767 for the 411, and tell ’em we sent ya. – Cris Glaser


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