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Monday, May 7, 2018

Ohio City Burrito Now Open Downtown

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2018 at 8:54 AM


Update: Ohio City Burrito's new downtown location in the former home of the Leader Bar and Grill in the Leader Building (526 Superior Ave.) is now open.

Check out OCB's menu of tacos, burritos and salads here.


(Original story: 10/3/17): Ohio City Burrito (1844 W. 25th St., 216-664-0908) has been quietly chugging along for seven years, dishing up an affordable menu of satisfying tacos, burritos and salads. In November, they will open a downtown outpost of that popular spot, in the former home of Leader Bar and Grill (526 Superior Ave.).

Ohio City Burrito is best known for its Mission-style burritos, those tightly constructed torpedoes filled with meat, rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, lettuce and salsa. Priced around $7, the Cal-Mex missiles are bonafide hunger snuffers.

We'll keep you posted on opening day.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Former Bartender Sentenced for Serving Underage Girl Who Fell from Balcony Last St. Patrick's Day

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 1:22 PM

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Update: Last St. Patrick's Day 20-year-old Megan Keefe fell from the second floor of the now-closed Spirits nightclub on West 6th St., striking her head on a granite railing. One year later, she's in a physical rehabilitation center and will never fully recover.

A lot of factors played into the incident, including a faulty railing. Spirits also wasn't certified to have patrons on the second floor. Plus, Keefe was intoxicated and underage. Carisa Buehner, a former bartender who was one of the bar staff that day, served Keefe three vodka drinks without requesting identification.

She was sentenced this week to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service, to be served in a facility like the one Keefe now resides in, after pleading no-contest to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

Cleveland muni judge Joseph Zone said the timing, a few days away from St. Patrick's Day, wasn't a coincidence, according to

"I hope every bartender out there hears this and considers this on St. Patrick's Day and everyday," Zone said.


(Original story 10/6/2017): Via multiple local reports, a bartender who served alcohol to an underage girl who later fell from a second-floor balcony at Spirits Nightclub on St. Patrick's Day has been criminally charged.

Carisa Buehner, 29, sold three vodka drinks to 20-year-old Megan Keefe without checking her ID, according to investigators. Selling or furnishing alcohol to an underage person is a first degree misdemeanor. Buehner was summoned in July, but has not yet appeared in court. (Fox 8 reports that Buehner no longer lives at her Chardon home.)

Keefe suffered severe head injuries in the fall at the Warehouse District establishment. Spirits was not certified to have patrons on the second floor.

More than six months removed from the incident, Keefe has yet to regain consciousness. She currently resides at a long-term assisted-living facility in Parma and requires round-the-clock care. In a lawsuit filed against the bar, Keefe's parents estimated that it would cost $10 million to provide care for Keefe for the rest of her life.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Corbo's Bakery Now Open in Playhouse Square

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 10:53 AM

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Update: Good, nay, great news — Corbo's opened its doors in the theater district last Friday. Find them at 1603 Euclid Ave.


(Original story 10/16/17): Corbo's Bakery is soon coming to Cleveland's downtown theater district, making Northeast Ohioans' musical-going experience that much sweeter.

Leasing a spot at the Keith building, right by the Connor Palace theater on Euclid Ave., the new Corbo's Bakery plans to cater not only the hungry-for-baked-goods downtown workforce but also theater patrons.

The 30-seat shop, set to open its doors daily at 7 a.m. and close an hour after shows get out, could start up as soon as December, bakery president Selena Corbo told Crain's Cleveland Business.

Customers can expect much more of the same from the additional Italian sweet shop, like two dozen types of cookies, as well as cannoli and biscotti. Some items will be made at the shop, while others will be brought in directly from the original Little Italy spot.

In the meantime, customers can also purchase Corbo's pastries from various Marc's throughout the area.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Update: Lineup Announced for Next Year's LaureLive

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 11:41 AM

Update: VIP tickets went on sale this morning for LaureLive, the two-day, family-friendly music festival that takes place on June 9 and 10 at Laurel School’s 140-acre Butler Campus.

The lineup features indie rockers Foster the People, singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, retro rockers Fitz & the Tantrums and indie rockers Cold War Kids.

Other notable acts include X Ambassadors, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Daya, Red Wanting Blue, Magic Giant and the Record Company.

Artists such as Rag'N'Bone Man, A R I Z O N A, Lauv, Lewis Capaldi, the Aces, Morgxn, Castlecomer and Future Generations will make their debut appearances in Cleveland. Local singer Emily Keener, a 2016 finalist on The Voice, will perform as well.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mariah Carey Cancels Hard Rock Rocksino Holiday Concert

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 2:03 PM

  • Courtesy of Hard Rock Live
Update: Mariah Carey has canceled the first few shows of her upcoming Holiday Tour, including her Nov. 22 stop at Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield.

The show will not be rescheduled, the venue said in a statement. All ticket holders will receive a full refund.

The diva took to Twitter yesterday to explain the cancellation:

(Original post 10/5/2017): The best-selling female artist of all time (she’s sold more than 200 million albums to date and had 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles), singer Mariah Carey has an erratic track record when it comes to live performances. She received some particularly bad press after an audio glitch disrupted her performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest during her rendition of her hit "Emotions."

In support of All I Want For Christmas Is You, an animated feature film based on her best-selling children’s book and single, and her appearance in the film The Star, which features a new original song, Carey has announced a Holiday Tour that includes a Nov. 22 stop at Hard Rock Live.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rock Hall to Host Kids Film It Festival

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 3:47 PM

When 14-year-old Ryan Levine decided to start a film festival for kids, he chose to partner with the Michael J. Fox Foundation because his grandmother has Parkinson’s disease.

“Michael J. Fox is an incredible actor but what he has done for Parkinson’s disease is even more impressive,” explains Levine in a press release announcing the details for this year’s Kids Film It Festival, which comes to the Rock Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. “I love movie making but there aren’t many festivals that encourage movies made by kids and we want to teach kids that they can put their passion to good use, raising money for a cause. We want this to be like Sundance or Tribeca but for kids and for charity.”

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RTA's HealthLine Could Get a Lot Slower With New Fare Enforcement Method

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Effective today and until further notice, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has announced there is a change in fare collection policies on HealthLine vehicles.

Instead of the "proof of payment" system, where riders purchase tickets ahead of time and produce their fare cards for roving fare enforcement officers, HealthLine fare inspection will be now done by the vehicle operator at the fare box in the front of the bus.

RTA asked that riders continue using the ticket vending machines available on HealthLine platforms to speed up the boarding process.

"If purchased off board," read the RTA statement, "you will be able to 'show and go' with an activated All-Day, 7-Day, Monthly pass or mobile ticket."

On day one of this new policy, according to one rider, the HealthLine efficiency has been dramatically reduced.
An RTA spokesperson said that the new method was not the result of an assault lawsuit, as referenced in the Tweet above. Here is the RTA's statement in full:

A judge issued an opinion that challenges our fare enforcement process. While the city is considering its next steps, and RTA is reviewing the impact of the decision, RTA is modifying our process and testing it to determine the best way to employ the most efficient fare collection method without impairing on-time performance.

We are telling customers that over the next several weeks, RTA is altering its procedure with respect to proof of payment validations on the HealthLine. Customers will see more Transit Police officers on station platforms as opposed to on vehicles, and will be requesting to see valid proof of payment.

When Transit Police officers are not on site, the proof of payment validation will be done by the Health Line operator.

Over the next several days, this new method may slow down operations, but over time, we expect to again be able to provide the most efficient service without impairing on-time performance.
Last month, Scene published an article in which RTA fare enforcement officers expressed frustration with enforcement policies and the low morale therefrom. 

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