Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Plans Divulged for Remaining Flats Resto Spot

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 3:49 PM


The Flats East Bank still is a construction zone, but plans continue to come together as it applies to the food scene. In addition to Fabio Salerno's new location for Lago, Ken Stewart's steakhouse, and Shawn Monday's Flip Side, we learned details regarding one of the few remaining spots.

When The Willeyville (pronounced like smiley-ville) opens in early June, it will mark the return of Chris DiLisi. DiLisi was opening chef at Flour in Moreland Hills, and chef at Baricelli Inn for five years before that.

DiLisi describes his restaurant as "seasonal American with global inspirations."

"I hate buzzwords like gastropub and bistro," the chef says. "Everybody has these images about what those words mean. At this point it seems cliché to say chef-driven, nose-to-tail, local, sustainable… All I am promising is we are sourcing the very best meat, fish, produce, and dairy available. It's going to be great food, great service — whatever you want to call it."

The full name of the restaurant is The Willeyville, Handcrafted Consumables. DiLisi aims to push the envelope on housemade food, including the craft cocktail program. Meats purveyors will include Miller grass-fed beef and New Creations pork. In-house charcuterie and house-baked wild-yeast breads will join housemade bitters, tonics, and ginger beer.

The menu — still in the works — will feature plenty of small plates, snacks, and entrees. One idea the chef is toying with is various street foods on sticks, like pork nuggets made from gelatinized and fried pulled pork. "It's a great way to utilize the whole animal," he notes.

Prices will all be kept south of $20.

The 3,000-square-foot space will seat 90 in and another 30 out. DiLisi describes the room as warm and rustic, with reclaimed wood and tables constructed by A Piece of Cleveland.

Willeyville, says DiLisi, is an homage to Cleveland's first mayor John Willey, who dubbed the area Willeyville.

"Picking a name for a restaurant is a weird thing, but we looked up the history and thought it was great," says DiLisi. "It's an homage to what the area was — and were doing old-school cooking, old-school cocktails..."

Willeyville will be open for lunch 6 days and for dinner 7, including family-style Sunday supper.

Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation