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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Joey's Bistro on Lee Road is Closed. Next Up: The Fix by Chef Eric Rogers

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:03 AM

click to enlarge Joey's Italian Restaurant in Chagrin Falls
  • Joey's Italian Restaurant in Chagrin Falls
After a little more than two years in business, Joey’s Bistro (2195 Lee Rd.) in Cleveland Heights has closed. The restaurant relocated to the old Jimmy O'Neill's Tavern spot after their longtime Chagrin Falls space was gutted by fire and the owners lost their lease. The restaurant group’s Solon location closed two years back after two years in business.

Already, though, the spot along Cedar Lee’s busy “Restaurant Row” has been spoken for. Chef Eric Rogers, who opened the popular sandwich shop Black Box Fix (2307 Lee Rd., 216-383-8130) down the street last year, will open a second restaurant. This one, to be called The Fix, will be more along the lines of the chef’s first restaurant Nevaeh Cuisine, which was located in South Euclid.

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“It will be an entrée-, spirits- and entertainment-driven concept,” says Rogers. “It will be a lot of the things I did at my first restaurant, Creole and soul food, but a little more refined. And new creative things I didn’t do at my first restaurant. We’ll keep the sandwich shop.”

Items like Creole salmon, buttermilk fried chicken, smoked gouda mash, and the LBJ Philly, made with filet mignon, will likely make appearances on the menu.

Rogers says that he gets the keys to the shop in mid-May and hopes to be open by the middle of June or early July. The space won’t require major changes above some cosmetic tweaks to better align the restaurant to the chef’s brand, he says.

Diners can look forward to live entertainment like jazz and spoken word when it does open.

Meanwhile, down the road at Black Box Fix, the team just celebrated its one-year anniversary.

“We’re doing record numbers. Things are great,” Rogers reports.

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