Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chris Hodgson and Scott Kuhn to Take Over Zinc Bistro Space

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 12:10 PM


For weeks there have been rumblings of a major restaurant shake-up in downtown Cleveland. It finally can be revealed what that news is all about.

Chris Hodgson, owner of Dim and Den Sum and Hodge Podge food trucks, has paired up with Scott Kuhn, owner of Washington Place Bistro and Welshfield Inn, to open a new restaurant in the current home of Zinc Bistro. Zinc will close its doors on December 23.

It's been a rocky road for Zinc, a French-style bistro that opened in spring of 2010. Ambitious original plans included an all-day retail bakery offering salads, sandwiches and house-made pastries. That never transpired. And while multiple chef and management changes attempted to right the ship, that apparently did not happen.

Zinc Bistro is located on Euclid Avenue, on the ground floor of the $65 million Residences at Six Six Eight development.

Hodgson and Kuhn are still in the planning phases of their restaurant. More on the details of the new project as they unfold.

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John Kasich Doesn't Read Ohio Newspapers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM


The theme of this morning's blog posts: Ohio is really f&*king strange, and without a doubt, winning the "Ohio or Florida?" game this week.

Next stop: Columbus.

The governor of Ohio doesn't read Ohio newspapers.

That's fact, straight from the mouth of John Kasich himself. The exact quote: "I don't read newspapers in the State of Ohio."

We'll forgive his feeble grasp on the English language and assume he didn't mean that he doesn't read newspapers while he's physically within the geographic boundaries of Ohio, and that he really meant he doesn't read newspapers that are based in Ohio.

One could infer from the wording that he at least reads some newspapers, just not ones headquartered in the Buckeye State, but that's still a flabbergasting statement.

Why doesn't he read them? Via Ohio Capital Blog and Plunderbund, it's because it doesn't give him an "uplifting experience." Full video below.

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Ohio Man Asks God for Permission to Attack Girlfriend

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:03 AM


The theme of this morning's blog posts: Ohio is really f&*king strange, and without a doubt, winning the "Ohio or Florida?" game this week.

Our first stop: Sandusky.

Police there say they're on the lookout for 33 year-old Scott Sims. Why the interest? It seems he pinned his girlfriend down and attacked her with a hatchet. She managed to get away and contact police before Sims could finish the job, thankfully.

But Sims isn't your everyday soulless derelict with a penchant for violence. He's very concerned about his soul, it turns out, and we know that because before he first swung the hatchet down on 49-year-old Brandy Wadding, he asked God for "his blessing to strike her," according to the Sandusky Register.

No word yet on what God's answer was. Or if Sims heard a squirrel whisper, "It's okay, buddy, I approve," and took that to be a sign that his vengeance was divinely approved.

When he's found, Sims will face charges of aggravated menacing, felonious assault, felony domestic violence and unlawful restraint.

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Concert Review: Beirut at House of Blues

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 8:36 AM


While much of the city was still recovering from the long weekend, a special show was taking place at House of Blues last night.

For a little more than an hour, Beirut captured a filled room with its Balkan sounds, a complex cross of today’s '80s-influenced indie rock and Eastern European world music.

It’s rare that a band without a guitar can do this, but with an accordion, a three-piece brass section (which included a rotation of trumpet, flugelhorn, tuba, trombone, and french horn), drums, and bass, Beirut proved that you don’t need the typical band configuration.

Beirut is largely the brainchild of Zach Condon, the lead singer and principal songwriter, who graciously thanked the audience throughout the night as he shuffled between ukelele, fugelhorn, and keyboard.

But what makes the band so unique and memorable is the mix of accordion and horns, which echoed through the concert hall with a gusto and clarity rarely heard in a rock venue.

The band leaned heavily on its most recent album, The Rip Tide, but included songs from the previous two full lengths and EPs as well.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Black Friday in Cleveland, 1959

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM


We're suckers for NewsNet5's video archives. Glimpses of Cleveland from decades ago simply tickle us in the right spot on a Monday morning after a long holiday weekend. This time they've posted clips from Black Friday in Cleveland in 1959 — yeah, it may be more crazy now, but it's certainly not a new phenomenon — and video from the Christmas parade. Enjoy.

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Pic of the Day: A Very Cleaveland Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Snapped by Twitter all-star Mike Butz this weekend. How festive.


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Best Grub We Ever Had: Staff Edition

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM


In honor of this week's feature story on Cleveland foodies' all-time favorite flavors, we bring you the recollections of our ever-ravenous staff. In this installment: Kyle Swenson ...

Shaking down Cleveland for the Best Grub Ever undoubtedly produces answers about meals and dishes that are quintessentially Cleveland. No brainer, you say. I’m talking about corned beef, pierogies, and burgers layered with additional goodness — the kind of stuff that if found after the End Times pave over the world as we know it could re-construct the cultures that filled up the local melting pot. But I’m going to put the concept on its head and rule out any food with a Eastern Bloc origin or dishes cooked up by a chef with a reality TV footprint. None of that quintessential Cleveland grub here. Okay, game on.

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