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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Update: Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute to Host Oscar Watch Party

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 1:47 PM

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Update: Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute will host an Oscar Watch Party at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. A documentary film about the place was nominated for an Oscar in the documentary short category.

At the watch party, there will be hors d'oeuvres and an open bar as well as an Oscar ballot competition. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Tickets cost $100 each.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Beviamo Cafe Now Open in New, Larger Location In Tremont

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 4:12 PM

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Update: Beviamo is now slinging its beverages and expanded food options in its new, larger location on Professor Ave. in Tremont.

The new shop's officially been open a week now and will operate with limited hours (Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) until the grand opening on Jan. 20.

Check out the new space below.

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(Original story 9/5/17): Since its opening last year, customers who stepped into Beviamo Cafe on Literary Avenue found a lively but cramped coffee shop struggling to make use of its limited space. Soon, customers will be able to enjoy Beviamo's coffee and snacks in a larger venue.

Beviamo’s new location will be at 2275 Professor Avenue, across from the new Crust Pizza Kitchen. The most exciting thing about the change in location, says co-owner Francesca Catanese, will be the increase in size. The Professor location will be four times the size of the original — five, if you count the outdoor patio. Beviamo will expand its food options as well, though the focus will remain on small-bite vegan and vegetarian options.

Catanese, who owns Beviamo with boyfriend Danny Rizk, says progress is well underway at the new location and that they hope to re-open in six to eight weeks.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Willoughby Barrio Will Open on Jan. 15

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 8:39 AM

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Update: For those of you who've been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Barrio in Willoughby — and judging by how many of you shared the original post announcing the new location, that number includes just about everyone who lives on the east side — you don't have to wait much longer.

Barrio announced yesterday that its newest location in the former Olivor Twist location in Willoughby will open on Jan. 15. Get a sneak peek of the project below.


(Original story 9/6/17): Barrio will be opening yet another location soon — this one in Willoughby this December in the former Olivor Twist location. The fifth outpost had been rumored for a while; the taco and tequila restaurant confirmed the news this evening.

"We love downtown Willoughby and have been looking for the perfect location for a while. Considering Barrio means 'neighborhood,' we feel this is the perfect neighborhood to further expand our brand east," Sean Fairbairn, President of Barrio Restaurant Group, said in a press release.

When it debuts, Barrio Willoughby will be open Monday - Thursday 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., and Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

It'll join Barrio's locations in Tremont, downtown Cleveland, Lakewood and Cleveland Heights.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

55-Year-Old White Billionaire Discovers Depths of Unashamed Racism in America

Posted By on Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 1:18 PM

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2017 seems to be the year that racists have stopped pretending they aren't racist. What we used to call dog-whistle signaling in more civilized times has given way to people from all walks of life coming out of the closet, so to speak — from President Donald Trump's obtuse attacks on Mexicans and Muslims (among others), to the case of literal Neo-Nazis letting their freak flags fly in Charlottesville, and now in the debate of athletes kneeling in protest of police brutality during the national anthem.

If you find yourself surprised daily at how low we will go, know that you are not alone. Dan Gilbert says he's rattled by the number of "vile, disgusting, racist" voicemails he received after LeBron James called President Donald Trump a "bum" on Twitter.

Gilbert made the comments on CNBC's "Squawk Box":

"Look, you've got rhetoric on both sides. You know, emotions on both sides of this thing ... To me, it's about allowing people to talk and getting together ... look, some of the issues — forget the methods of protest — but there are some legitimate issues, real legitimate things that have been in America for a long time ... I received voicemails after LeBron tweeted that that were some of the most vile, disgusting, racist ... there's an element of racism that I didn't even know existed in this country. When I got those voicemails, I saved them."

He also added:

"I didn't even tell LeBron this. Now he's gonna know. The thing is, I mean, some of the most disgusting things I've ever heard people say. And you could hear it in their voice ... the racism. It wasn't even really about the issue, and that's what really got me, because they went to who they really are, some of them."

Gilbert's Quicken Loans donated $750,000 to Trumps's inauguration party. In June, Trump called Gilbert a "great friend" and "huge supporter" during a visit to the White House. Previously, Gilbert has also donated to Trump's GOP rival Chris Christie, as well as $75,000 to a Democratic fundraiser to Hilary Clinton and other candidates.

That any human in America, billionaire or not, could make it to Gilbert's age without even passively becoming aware of the significant depths of racism in this country is at once not surprising and amazing, but absolutely part of the problem. Also, LeBron had a racial slur spray painted on the gate of his Los Angeles home. We're pretty sure he doesn't need Dan Gilbert to tell him there are hateful racists in this country.

Anyway, watch the video below.

Dan Gilbert: I got racist voicemails after the LeBron James Trump tweet from CNBC.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fireside Book Shop to Host Signing and Discussion with ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ Author Sean Kay

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 3:09 PM

A 1985 graduate of Chagrin Falls Highs School and an inductee into the Chagrin Falls Achievement Hall of Fame, Sean Kay is a member of the Department of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan.

He’s written heady books such as NATO and the Future of European Security, Celtic Revival: The Rise, Fall, and Renewal of Global Ireland, America’s Search for Security: The Triumph of Idealism and the Return of Realism and Global Security in the Twenty-first Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace.

And now, he’s turned his attention to rock 'n’ roll.

His new book, Rockin’ the Free World!: How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World, includes more than 60 interviews with artists such as David Crosby, Graham Nash, Sinead O’Connor, George Clinton, Kate Pierson, Michael Stanley, Serj Tankian, Michael Franti, the Grateful Dead, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt and Nirvana.

Kay will discuss the book and sign copies of it from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls.

“I’m not trying to say that rock and roll causes change, like rock and roll ended the Cold War,” says Kay in a press release announcing the event. “But I am trying to show how it became part of a major sort of mass communication, amplifying ideas.”

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Phoenix Coffee to Open Next Week, Marking a Return to Warehouse District

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 3:05 PM

[image-1]“I’ve always believed in this neighborhood and we’ve been eager to return,” says Christopher Feran, coffee director for Phoenix Coffee. “We’re hoping to bring our community vibe.”

The neighborhood in question is the Warehouse District, where the homegrown coffee company used to have a café. That shop was shuttered in 2011. Phoenix managed to stage a return by carving out a 650-square-foot parcel from Jimmy John’s, both in the former home of D’Vine Wine Bar on St. Clair between W. 6th and W. 9th.

All systems point to a soft opening next week, at which point the entire family of cafes will appear new and fresh.

“We’re actually undergoing a rebranding right now, and we’ll be launching our new logo and updated look at the same time,” Feran adds.

Also taking place now is a company-wide menu unification plan, whereby all five shops will largely adhere to the same playbook.

“It will mostly be modeled after the Ohio City menu, but with less emphasis on pour-overs since this is a downtown shop, where we’re hoping to achieve a balance between speed and quality,” he explains.

The cafe has limited indoor seating yet still manages to offer space for quick breaks, short meetings and interviews. Phoenix will also use the space outside the cafe along St. Clair for patio seating.

Pastry offerings will be supplied by Bon Bon, Metro Croissants and Philomena, along with bagels from Cleveland Bagel Company.

Phoenix Coffee operates additional cafes on E. Ninth, Coventry, Lee and Bridge, and a roastery on St. Clair.

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Lola Bistro, Dante Host One-Night-Only Hurricane Relief Benefit

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Lola Bistro in Downtown Cleveland is one of the restaurants in the "One Meal, One Night, One Nation" initiative next week. - SCENE ARCHIVES PHOTO
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  • Lola Bistro in Downtown Cleveland is one of the restaurants in the "One Meal, One Night, One Nation" initiative next week.
Chefs Dante Boccuzzi and Michael Symon are offering Clevelanders another way to help those affected by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico — by dining out at their restaurants.

Next Monday, Dante and Lola Bistro join more than 50 restaurants across the country in the "One Meal, One Night, One Nation" initiative to help hurricane victims.

That night, guests arrive for a meal and partial proceeds go to the Hurricane Harvey and Irma Hospitality Emergency Relief Fund, along with other organizations working to help hospitality workers and kids living in the affected areas.

Don't worry if you can't attend Monday's event, you can still donate at Generosity, or email

Find more information about the initiate right here.

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