Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Watch Brooklynites Freak Over Guy's Factory Farm-to-Table Resto

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM


Brooklynites are too cool for school when it comes to their beloved 'hood. So it's no surprise that "news" of a new "factory farm-to-table" Guy Fieri restaurant in Williamsburg flips the wigs of those interviewed in the video.

Others, who note the trend of Brooklynites making the trip to Times Square to eat "ironically" at the widely panned Guy's American Kitchen, are not as alarmed.

"That's going to be terrible — I can't wait," says one passerby.

Of course, there is no Guy Fieri restaurant planned for Williamsburg — at least not yet.

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Vosh Brings Live Music, Decades of Experience to Lakewood Scene

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM


The trinity for the Krivosh family is complete. First there was Around the Corner. And then came Georgetown Restaurant (formerly Three Birds). And finally (perhaps) comes Vosh (18515 Detroit Rd., 216-767-5202,, which opened next to the popular Lakewood restaurant. Vosh, a playful spin on the family name, opened just over one week ago.

"Tossing names around, we wanted to have a cool name that represented our family and our commitment to Lakewood," says co-owner Ryan Krivosh. A true family affair, Vosh is a collaboration of the entire clan, including founder Mickey, son Ryan, and daughter Jennifer to name a few. And all this under the watchful eye of Mickey's wife, Patty.

Housed in the historic former Bonnie Bell building, the old warehouse has been reinvented to include design features from historic Lakewood venues. Vintage pieces include a sign from an old Lakewood theater marquee and doors salvaged from a former local church. Additionally, many features hail from Lakewood Country Club's clubhouse, including a fireplace, oak trim, decorative mirrors and ceiling tiles used throughout the space. In warm weather, large garage doors will open up to the beloved courtyard patio shared with Georgetown.

Originally conceived strictly as a Jazz club, the musical net has been widened to welcome blues, Motown and various other genres. "This type of concept works very well on the East Side, but there is a shortage of West Side establishments that really cater to this type of music and entertainment," explains Ryan Krivosh.

As for the drink, Vosh will offer a wide variety of craft beer, specialty cocktails and a competitively priced wine list. "We worked hard to build the drink menu for the crowd that will listen to Motown and Jazz," Ryan says. When it comes to the food at Vosh, management will work with what they've already got. "We are using the back line of Georgetown's kitchen to create delicious small plates," adds Ryan. "We want Georgetown quality with approachable prices."

A quick visit to this joint is evidence that live music now has a sweet new home in Lakewood — one that will keep residents tapping their feet seven days a week.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rock Hall announces additional performers and presenters for upcoming inductions

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 2:51 PM


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced additional performers and presenters for this year’s induction ceremony, slated to take place in Los Angeles on April 18. Inductees Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Rush are all slated to perform. Additional inductees include Albert King, Donna Summer, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones. R&B star Usher will perform for Quincy Jones, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell perform with Heart. Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte will pay tribute to Public Enemy, and singer-songwriter Carole King will perform for Lou Adler. Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will induct Heart and jokesters Cheech & Chong will do the honors for Adler. And finally, Jackson Browne and John Fogerty will perform with Randy Newman. Those are just the additions to a list of presenters and performers that already includes John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Don Henley, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.

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Concert Slideshow: Kid Rock at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM

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Respect the Split at Sweet Moses Treats

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 2:32 PM


Yes, it's snowing outside for the umpteenth day in a row. But despite what the thermometer on the wall says — the calendar says it's spring. And in celebration of that incontrovertible fact we suggest treating yourself to an authentic Banana Split from Sweet Moses Treats (6800 Detroit Ave., 216-651-2202, in Gordon Square — because there is little wrong that can't be righted by digging into the King of ice cream treats. And this is no ordinary split: Everything from the ice cream to the toppings is house-made (save for the chocolate syrup and the cherry). It might be the best $7 you spend all week.

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Supreme Court Takes Up Prop. 8, DOMA Debates

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Today and tomorrow, the Supreme Court will attend to two hotly debated issues centering around marriage equality in this country.

With tides ebbing clearly in one direction (at speeds reminiscent of glaciers), public opinion around the U.S. has swung dramatically in overall favor for gay marriage and, ultimately, equality in such matters. In Ohio, a major movement is under way to place a referendum before voters in November.

This week's widely publicized trip to the Supreme Court highlights a civil rights struggle that has been fomenting - less and less privately - for decades. Here's at least one local data point to etch out the magnitude of the legal, legislative and popular decisions to come:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 19,684 same-sex couples are living in Ohio, representing 4.3 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

Justices this morning will likely issue opinions on Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative that relegated "marriage" to only a man and a woman. According to SCOTUSblog, it is unlikely that this issue will be upheld:

Tomorrow, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is on the table. This 1996 law also serves to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

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Cleveland Makes it to Forbes List for Something Other Than Miserableness

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

  • Photo: Globe Images

Well lookee here: Forbes finally decided to throw us a bone after gleefully dicking us over year after year. Or maybe they were totally chastened by Scene’s hilarious and penetrating evisceration of their annual Miserable Cities round-up. Whatever the impetus, we now rank in their latest sorta-nebulous but encomiastic list, “15 U.S. Cities’ Emerging Downtowns,” which, as the article elaborates, are roughly characterized by their ability to “capture the mobile, college-educated young and restless” who increasingly seek “urban lifestyles,” resulting in “surprising real estate booms.”

Um. We’re so young and restless and urban that we’d rather be at Liquid plying other young restless urbans (hopefully sexy ones! With “surprising” real estate holdings!) for dranks, but we guess we can summarize what the suits at Forbes find redemptive and not-too-miserable about downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland’s entry lists recent redevelopment triumphs, including the Global Center for Health Innovation (née Medical Mart, which sounded a little too methadone clinic-y for Ed FitzGerald), the sweet Flats skate park opening this spring, the aquarium, and the projected mixed-use development of the Ameritrust complex. New housing units downtown swelled by 13% last year, with an additional 715 units planned for 2013. See! SURPRISING.

In other listy news, Bubba’s Q in Avon, a barbecue destination owned by former Browns defensive lineman Al Baker, made it to USA Today’s round-up of the best athlete-owned restaurants in the U.S.

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