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Monday, July 10, 2017

Slyman’s Tavern Location in Orange is Now Open

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 3:08 PM

[image-1]Update: Slyman's Tavern in Orange is now open. That is just super good news. Find them at 4009 Orange Place.

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(Original story 6/7/16): It’s been just over a year since Slyman’s Tavern (6901 Rockside Rd., 216-642-0062, slymanstavern.com), an offshoot of the 50-year-old deli on St. Clair, opened up in Independence, and already there are plans for a second location. That location, the former Red Robin at 4009 Orange Place, should open sometime next year, says Freddie Slyman.

“It’s not going to look like a Red Robin,” Slyman promises. “We're going to continue with the same sports bar and tavern feel.”

Building off the 50-year tradition, the Slyman's Tavern concept dishes up the downtown deli menu in a sports bar environment. A large bar, a sea of flat-screen TVs and seating for 150 guests inside and out sets the tavern apart from the bustling deli. But those melt-in-your-mouth corned beef sandwiches on butter-soft rye are one and the same.

Slyman says it will take close to a year for the dust to settle on the transformation. When it does, Slyman’s will be joining a growing retail community, with developments like Pinecrest and others coming online around the same time.

“We’re really excited about the Pinecrest and other development in the area,” he says.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Man Claims He Was Assaulted by Justin Bieber After Cavs Playoff Game in Cleveland Last Summer

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Update: So, remember when the Biebs got into a fight in Cleveland during last year's NBA Finals? If you don't, video of the tussle is below.

The party not named Justin Bieber has apparently filed a police report naming Bieber and his bodyguard as the assailants, claiming "he went to the hospital with various injuries, including a concussion," according to TMZ.

Why the delay? SOURCES tell TMZ that the dude wanted to take care of everything outside of court but couldn't get anything done with the pop star.

This is a developing story. No charges have been filed. 

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(Original story 6/9/16): Bieber was in town yesterday to enjoy the Cavs' beatdown of the Warriors. What he didn't plan for was being on the receiving end of a beatdown himself. (See what we did there? Some pro local TV news turn of phrasing.)

Anyway, TMZ has a brief Snapchat video of the fight between Bieber and a guy much larger than Bieber exchanging blows outside his hotel. 

The best part: The guy recording the scuffle who says, "Shit, I'm gonna get on TMZ."

Congrats, sir. You did.


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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Chef Jill Vedaa’s Lakewood Bistro Salt is Now Open

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 12:39 PM

SHELLEY POLEWCHAK
  • Shelley Polewchak
Update: Salt is open now, if you hadn't noticed or heard, and has been for a couple of weeks.

Full menu here.

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(Original story 6/29/16): As chef Jill Vedaa guides this writer around her soon-to-open restaurant, her excitement is evident and contagious. After 20 years of cooking professionally for other owners (at Bohemia, KeKa, Lola, Flying Fig, Rockefeller's, Black Pig), Vedaa finally has the opportunity to be her own boss, design her own space, and draft her own menus. When it opens in July, Salt (17621 Detroit Ave.) will be the culmination of countless hours of blood, sweat and blisters.

“It’s very exciting and very nerve wracking, but mostly exciting,” she explains.

Since February, Vedaa and business partner Jessica Parkison have been transforming the former Pug Mahones space, a large triple storefront just east of the Beck Center, into a hip and breezy 75-seat bistro. A large horseshoe bar was demolished and replaced by a smaller bar and lounge, with seating for about 25. The dining room will seat an additional 50 guests at tables and booths, including a dramatic corner booth that will seat 8 to 10 diners on a raised platform.

From her open kitchen at the rear of the open dining room, Vedaa will prepare seasonal small plates that she describes as "composed,” because they incorporate more than a single item as is often the case with traditional Spanish tapas.

“Tapas kind of pigeonholes me into Spanish influence and as you know, I pull inspiration from a lot of different ethnic cuisines,” she says. “I want to be able to create dishes that are as whimsical as I’d like.”

Salt’s menu is divided into categories for vegetables, fish and meat, with five to seven items in each. The chef’s creativity and knack for juxtaposing complementary flavors is evident in dishes like smoked beets with honey, hazelnuts and feta, and a braised octopus dish plucked from the sunny Mediterranean paired with olives and oranges. Other fish entrees are built around smoked trout, shrimp and calamari. Meat dishes range from a pork pie with chimichurri to short ribs with housemade kimchi.

Salt’s motto is “experience food again,” and Vedaa feels strongly that despite their often checkered history in Cleveland, small plates are the best way to dine.

“It’s how me and my friends like to eat,” she says. “I want to try a little bit of everything, I like sharing food, and I like to keep my palate excited. When I see a giant plate of food, I immediately get defeated and end up leaving half of it on the plate.”

Vedaa says that eating at Salt will be a very “service-driven experience,” with servers (and the chef) spending time with diners to go over the menu. These are plates built for pairing and sharing, and guests will be encouraged to continue ordering throughout the meal. And with dishes priced between $5 and $13, the more the merrier.

“You don’t have to spend $30 to try and be full,” she says. “You’ll get a chef-driven meal that’s made from scratch and you’ll be able to try a bunch of different things.”

The bar will offer three local draft beers and all the cocktails are named after “bad-ass historical women, my mom and Jessica's grandmothers included,” says Vedaa.

The menu offers the following statement regarding the name: "Salt... the only rock we eat... has made a glittering, often surprising contribution to the history of humankind."

Look for Salt to open before the end of July. 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

911 Call for "ISIS Supporter" in Avon Who Was Simply an Arabic Business Man Draws International Attention, Apologies

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 8:40 AM

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Update: Last week's incident involving a 911 call for a supposed "ISIS supporter" at a hotel in Avon has now become an international incident of sorts. That's because it wasn't an ISIS supporter at all but just an Arabic businessman in traditional garb. That man's name is Ahmed Al Menhali and he's from the United Arab Emirates. Police body cam video of the incident (which you can watch below) shows officers with assault weapons handcuffing and searching Menhali at the Fairfield Inn and Suites.

Avon mayor Bryan Jensen released this statement on Sunday, one week after the incident.
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The UAE embassy issued its own statement as well.

"Since learning of the regrettable situation that took place in Avon, Ohio last week, the UAE Embassy has been in close contact with Mr. Al Menhali and his family.

"Ambassador Al Otaiba discussed the situation with Avon's Mayor, and urged a swift apology and response from all of those involved, including the local police. Mayor Jensen and Avon's Police Chief subsequently met with Mr. Al Menhali to apologize for the incident.

"Ambassador Al Otaiba also asked Mayor Jensen to take appropriate steps to ensure a similar incident does not happen again."

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(Original story 6/30/16): Avon police were called to the Fairfield Inn and Suites yesterday after a woman reported a man "in full head dress with multiple disposable phones pledging his allegiance to ISIS" in the hotel lobby. Officers arrived to find the man speaking Arabic and wearing a long white robe.

And so the police officers drew their guns and ordered the man to get on the ground. He was handcuffed and searched, though no weapons were found. 

The hotel desk clerk who initially prompted the 9-1-1 calls later told officers that the man hadn't mentioned ISIS at all. It's unclear what exactly happened, but, to some degree, the clerk panicked, and her sister and father called the police on her behalf and ascribed an ISIS connection to the situation. 

During the encounter, however, the man collapsed. He was treated by medics and taken to St. John West Shore.

Avon police are still investigating this incident.  The department has formally apologized, and the man has retained a civil rights attorney.

In the meantime, though, the United Arab Emirates, from which this man hails, “has warned its citizens to avoid wearing traditional garments when traveling abroad,” according to a recent Associated Press report.


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Exclusive Video: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Cleveland-based Film "The Land"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Earlier this year, Cleveland native and director Steven Caple Jr.'s film "The Land" had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (to much acclaim, we should add).

In case you forgot, the film follows four friends who dream of skateboarding professionally but catch the attention of a local drug Queen-pin instead. 

The film is set to have a local premiere here in Cleveland soon (we'll let you know when we know), but in the meantime here's a behind-the-scenes look at the film.

THE LAND Featurette - A Cleveland Tale

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Kick off Fourth of July Weekend at the Van Aken Beer Garden Friday Night

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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Every other Friday, beginning tomorrow, July 1, and running until September 9, Scene will be celebrating the summer at the Van Aken Beer Garden. The outdoor, summer-long, family-friendly celebration will be held in the parking lot of the Van Aken Center in Shaker Heights. Festivities include crafts for all ages, music, local restaurants and food truck fare, and beer, wine, and spirits. The party begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m.

It's probably something you want to include in your Fourth of July weekend plans.

This week entertainment includes folk-rock band Oldboy; food trucks Sides to Go, Ninja City, and Boca Loca Burrito Factory; vendors Mitchells, Rising Star, Whiskey/Grade, and The Popcorn Shop; and a handful of Clevelanders’ favorite beers, wine and spirits. And, for the kids, Shaker Heights field hockey and a balloon and glitter tattoo artist will be entertaining. 

Like the revolving door of food, drink, vendors, and entertainment, a portion of the proceeds will benefit a different nonprofit or local organization each week. Proceeds from the July 1 celebration will benefit Rotary International and Winslow Preservation Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the quality of life and architecture of Shaker’s Historical District. Support a cause in your community, and have fun doing it.

See you there.

Need more info or a map: visit the website.

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AWOLNATION Avoids 'Sophomore Slump' With Acclaimed Second Album

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 1:03 PM

15 MINUTES PUBLIC RELATIONS
  • 15 Minutes Public Relations
AWOLNATION had lined up a slew of dates for a headlining tour in support its latest album, Run, when Prophets of Rage, the new supergroup featuring members of Rage Against the Machine along with rappers Chuck D and B Real, asked them to provide support for their fall tour. As a result, the band canceled several dates to accompany Prophets of Rage. AWOLNATION, however, still plays House of Blues tomorrow night at 7:30.

“It’s a dream come true,” singer Aaron Bruno says in a recent phone interview when asked about the upcoming dates with Prophets of Rage. “Rage Against the Machine was like the Black Sabbath of my generation. They came at a time when it was a breath of fresh air. Public Enemy had already happened, which was a big deal to me as well. I remember listening to Chuck D’s lyrics over and over and that bass-y vocal and the power behind it. When I was first heard [the Rage Against the Machine song] 'Killing In the Name,' I thought Beastie Boys got a little harder. [Rage bassist] Tim Commerford has become a good friend of mine and has helped with AWOLNATION over the years.”

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