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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Colossal Cupcakes Officially Opens in Crocker Park This Friday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM

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Update: Well, it was later in the year than they had originally planned or hoped for, but Colossal Cupcakes' location in Crocker Park has a firm opening date now. That would be this Friday, at noon. (Original plans called for April, but things happen and it's August now but so what, you get cupcakes.)

CC is among a small group of businesses opening micro-retail spots in the westside suburb including D's Accessories, CLE Clothing Co. and Kernels by Chrissie.



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(Original story 2/23/16): Colossal Cupcakes is on the move, announcing the opening of their Crocker Park location this spring. 

The cupcake eatery is currently located downtown at 538 Euclid Avenue; Crocker Park will be their second location. They opened their downtown location in 2012 and occupy the space that used to belong to Octane. (Remember that place?)

In case you're wondering, the "colossal" in Colossal Cupcakes comes from their signature size—almost that of a full-size muffin. They also have at least 30 different flavors available daily.



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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Update: ESPN's 30 for 30 on Cleveland, "Believeland," Showing Tonight with New Ending

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 4:38 PM

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Update:

Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions, ESPN's Believeland probably no longer needs such a somber tone.

It originally aired May 14, but airs again tonight with an alternate, much more upbeat ending. The new version airs at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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The fabled and long awaited 30 for 30 documentary from ESPN on the Cleveland championship drought finally has a premiere date.

It's been a strange trip for the project, which started some years back under the direction of Kristopher Belman, an Akron native who directed "More Than a Game," the documentary on LeBron and his high school teammates at St. Vincent St. Mary. There was talk that the film would be timed with the 50th anniversary of Cleveland's last championship — the 1964 Cleveland Browns — in 2014. Then nothing happened, and it turned out that Belman was booted from the project and the film had to get a reboot under Ohio native Andy Billman.

Well, it's finally done. Or at least close enough to being done that there's a premiere date: March 31 as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival at 7 p.m. at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square. Tickets are $16 (it's two bucks cheaper if you're a CIFF member) and go on sale to the public March 18. Check out clevelandfilm.org for more info and other announcements about what flicks will be shown at the fest.

No word yet on when "Believeland" will debut on ESPN.



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Monday, April 11, 2016

Diner on Clifton to Close on April 18 (Really This Time), Hopes to Find New Location By Late Summer

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 3:41 PM

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Update II: The Diner on Clifton's unclear future, which began with news that it would close in February and continued when the restaurant stayed open past that date as owner Perry Drosos and the landlord tried to work out a solution, is a little more clear now. There's a firm closing date as well as hope that they can find a home at 11500 Clifton Blvd, which used to be a PNC bank.
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Update: 
Owner Perry Drosos says that he is no longer closing the diner today, February 29. He decided to remain open while he and the landlord negotiate the next moves. Meanwhile, he adds, business has never been better.

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(Original story 2/22/2016): On February 29 the Diner on Clifton (11637 Clifton Blvd., 216-521-5003) will close its doors after 17 years. Owner Perry Drosos purchased the business at W. 117th and Clifton, formerly the 24-hour diner known as Clifton Lunch, almost 30 years ago. In 1999, he closed the shop for close to a year to transform it into the contemporary diner that it is today.

“We’re being thrown out on the street,” says Drosos, perceptibly distressed. “Next to my parents dying this is the most stressful time of my life.”

Drosos admits that he has been operating without a lease for years, and that he has been knee-deep in plans to relocate for about a year. But those plans are progressing much slower than he anticipated. He says that his requests for more time have been denied.

“I bought that place 27 years ago,” Drosos says. “This feels personal when it’s something that’s been such a huge part of my life.”

His landlord has a different interpretation of the situation.

“I’m surprised and disappointed that that’s what he had to say,” says Constantine Katsaros, who also operates Twist Social Club in the same block-long building. “This has been in the works for about a year.”

As part of a full-scale storefront renovation project slated to begin March 1, one that will go on for months and span the facade of the entire building, most businesses on the block will be forced to close at least temporarily, says Katsaros.

“The whole façade is coming off that space, so nobody would be able to operate in that space for several months,” he explains. “That was the catalyst for this whole thing.”

Katsaros also points out that the diner has been operating without a lease for about a decade.

“We have offered many, many times, but apparently the terms were not to his liking,” he says.

When the dust does eventually settle this summer, the former Diner on Clifton space will be home to a new restaurant, says Katsaros, adding that the precise name and concept of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

As for Drosos’ fate; he says that he does in fact have a bead on a new space, but can offer no estimate on an opening date. For now, Diner on Clifton fans have a week to support his efforts and say their goodbyes.

“It’s just heartbreaking to me because I love my people there and they have been there for a long time and people love us,” he says.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Hopkins Airport Saw Passenger Increase in 2015

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 4:53 PM

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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is doing much better on the passenger count front after significant route and hub cuts in previous years led to a drop in travelers.

Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation is showing a jump in ridership to 8.1 million passengers in 2015. That's an uptick of more than a million butts in seats over 2014, which saw a steep 16 percent decrease in passengers from 2013. That same year, the airport lost its United Airlines hub, extensive (and infamous) renovations began and fares decreased dramatically. In other words, there were plenty of culprits to explain the digits dropping.

Part of the reason behind the jump is low budget airlines giving riders more options, according to experts. Spirit and JetBlue are attracting passengers seeking a more cost effective way to travel. Combined, the airlines are responsible for 20 destinations and with several others slated to begin soon. Frontier expanded its service to Cleveland in January with routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Portland beginning in April.

Despite the bump, the 8.1 million total is still the lowest number Hopkins has seen with the exception of 2014. Averages were in the mid nine millions back through 2009. Before that, it was all double digits (in millions.) Still, for the beleaguered airport (FAA fines, whistleblowers, de-hubbing, awful signage!) it's a bit of positive news. 

(Hat Tip cleveland.com)

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State Auditor Dave Yost Would 'Break Ranks' with Republican Party if Trump Wins Nomination

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:28 PM

[image-1] In a Facebook post this afternoon, state auditor Dave Yost proclaimed that he would "break ranks" with the Republican Party were Donald Trump to receive the presidential nomination later this year. It's a significant stance, given Yost's visibility as a high-ranking Republican official in an electoral "battleground" state like Ohio.
I've voted Republican all my life. But if Donald Trump wins the nomination of the Republican Party, I will break ranks with my party and will not support him.

Unlike some in my party who tell each other that they don't know anyone who is voting for Mr. Trump, I know many. They are my friends, and they have legitimate grievances — from failed immigration policy to economic policies that benefit Wall Street while Main Street boards up its windows.

In spite of his powerful, legitimate criticisms, Mr. Trump's candidacy is about only one principle: power. He has changed his positions on abortion, Syrian refugees, the flat tax, Afghanistan and more in his pursuit of power.
Yost, mind you, does not shy away from vocal opinion-making. ("What Will We Have Next — 12 Monopolies for Whorehouses in the 12 Largest Counties?" he asked in the infancy of the ResponsibleOhio campaign last year.)

Super Tuesday is tomorrow, followed by the likes of Michigan and Ohio's primary elections. The wave of popular support for Trump's candidacy is arcing higher, and you can bet that we'll see more and more establishment conservatives openly warning against the Trump Machine. 

Video: Here's a Rat Behind the Bar at Rumor Over the Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Not much else needs to be said besides the headline except that Twitter was awash with thoughts on the sighting.

Video of the rodent in question below.

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Zac Brown Band Returns to Blossom in June

Concert Announcement

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 1:14 PM

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While singer-guitarist Zac Brown caters to a country crowd, he and his band can play a bit of everything. And we do mean everything. Last summer at Blossom, they covered Charlie Daniels’ Band redneck anthem “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” offered up a grunge-y rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and paid tribute to the Marshall Tucker Band with an epic rendition of “Can’t You See.” And that’s not to mention covers of songs by Metallica, Queen and the Foo Fighters.

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