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Monday, October 23, 2017

Akron's Ohio Brewing Co. Leaving for Cuyahoga Falls With Party Planned This Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 4:55 PM

  • Photo via glassfrog2002/Instagram
The Ohio Brewing Company wants you to come party with them this weekend, as they're moving to Cuyahoga Falls.

The brewery announced plans Friday to shutter its current Akron location in favor of a new spot, 2250 Front St., in Cuyahoga Falls. Previously in Niles and Youngstown, it's not much of a shock the nomadic brewery would choose to move once again — especially to a location with so much space (about 4,000 more square feet).

While the brewery was only in the Highland Square neighborhood for less than two years, the new location offers room to expand the brewery's beer footprint and business.

Owner Chris Verich's, told the Akron Beacon Journal he plans to officially re-open his business in spring.

A thanks and goodbye party is slated at the Ohio Brewing Company for Saturday at 8 p.m. Expect a bevy of food, beers and live tunes from the Senses

But don't worry, the Akron spot won't be vacant for long. The already established Barmacy Bar & Grill takes over next month. In the meantime, Ohio Brewing Company's beer will continue to be made at the Highland Square space and its beloved Jingle Bell Ale should be out in time for the holidays.

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Rising Star Chef Dave Kocab Joins Black Pig as New Chef de Cuisine

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 4:43 PM

There’s a new culinary force in the kitchens of the Black Pig. Dave Kocab has been brought on as Chef de Cuisine.

"Dave is a tremendous talent that we are very happy to attract,” says Michael Nowak, Black Pig’s chef-owner. “I look forward to working with him to develop new ideas and dishes that will help continue to grow the Black Pig in our fifth year as a restaurant."

Kocab’s most recent position was as Chef de Cuisine at Jonathon Sawyer's Trentina, where he worked for more than two years. The chef also has worked at Greenhouse Tavern, the Plum and The Flour Pasta Company. Additionally, he serves as an ambassador for Certified Angus Beef. Last year, he was honored with a StarChefs Rising Stars Award.

As head chef, Kocab will be responsible for the daily operation of the kitchen while working with Nowak to develop new dishes using the best local, seasonal ingredients.

“He is an addition to the restaurant that will strengthen the staff, bring fresh ideas, and create time for myself as chef-owner to focus on developing and growing the business,” Nowak adds.

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Planning and Fundraising Underway for Browns' Perfect Season 2.0 Parade

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 3:29 PM


The stupid Browns dashed last year's Perfect Season parade plans with a win in the penultimate game of the 2016 campaign, squeaking by the Chargers 20-17 at the Factory of Sadness before ending the season at a lovely 1-15 mark. One had to assume that was as low as the Hue Jackson/Sashi Brown boat was going to go, but here we are staring down an 0-7 start, another QB carousel, and a season-ending injury to Iron Man Joe Thomas as the USS Haslam scrapes the bottom of Lake Erie once again in search of fresh depths of ineptitude.

Which means it's time to start planning the Perfect Season 2.0 parade and celebration. Donations are now open here to take care of assorted costs for the affair (security, bathrooms, etc.), which is tentatively slated for January 6, 2018, around First Energy Stadium. And just like last year, Chris McNeil (aka @reflog_18) has promised that all contributions will be donated to the Cleveland Food Bank should the Browns do the unthinkable and pull off a victory.

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Can Anything Save the Browns? — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 12:58 PM


Is there a high enough power to save the Browns? Is DeShone Kizer partying an issue? What is Zac going to eat in London (besides everything)?

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Thirsty Dog in the Flats Opens Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 12:37 PM


Thirsty Dog will open this Wednesday on the East Bank of the Flats. The Akron-based brewery is the latest in a second wave of openings after Crop Sticks and Crop Rocks closed last year. Backyard Bocce and Dante's Inferno recently opened as well.

A 10-barrel system will handle brewing on premises. As for food, the brewpub menu will include "an array of sharable appetizers, featuring sauerkraut balls and assorted poutine style dishes. Locally made sausages and fresh Angus beef burgers are the centerpiece of the made-from-scratch menu. Dinner entrees will include house-smoked meatloaf, a Cleveland made kielbasa and pierogi platter and pretzel crusted chicken. Dinner sized salads and flatbread pizzas will also round off the menu," according to a press release.

The dining room can seat 200, including 32 at the bar, with an additional 25 guests outside on a 2,500-square-foot patio.

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Why Won't Cleveland Officials Release Amazon Bid Details?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 12:37 PM

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Thursday afternoon, Mayor Frank Jackson joined County Executive Armond Budish to announce that Cleveland had submitted its bid to land the tech giant Amazon's second headquarters — the so-called “HQ2.” Cleveland joined more than 100 other cities across the country in efforts to lure or beg for what could be an investment of $5 billion and 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Budish, in keeping with custom, was “very excited” about the bid. He said that more than 20 local organizations and 90 individuals had worked days, nights and even weekends over the past several weeks to assemble the package. We know the bid was submitted by TeamNEO and the Greater Cleveland Partnership on behalf of the public entities, but that’s all we know.

The bid itself, for undisclosed reasons, remains “proprietary,” meaning no specifics have been revealed. Neither the proposed location for the Amazon site nor the financial incentives attached, nor even the ways that Cleveland chose to promote itself, were shared with the media. Reporters were left to convey the excitement itself or else to complain about the lack of details.

Though Frank Jackson remained subdued as ever during the press conference, Budish’s exultations — “I truly believe that this is the best location for Amazon in the country” — were unaccompanied by evidence.

Other cities, like Detroit, released their bids with splashy videos and literature. Some cities elected not to reveal key details, like the proposed site location, but nevertheless sketched out the central points of their bids. Denver highlighted the talent and education of its workforce, for example. Other cities, like Columbus provided the bid information when local media submitted public records requests. In Boston, information from the bid led to a report that transportation accessibility and commute times had been generously overstated.

In Cleveland, we have nothing, and the city refuses to say why. Frank Jackson told Channel 5 that the information would be provided “in a few weeks,” but gave no explanation for the delay. We have to assume the bid exists — something was submitted last week — so what’s the hold-up? As we Tweeted Friday, if officials are so excited about the bid, why not share what’s so exciting?

When Scene requested clarification from the city — what made the information in question “proprietary,” we asked — we received a public records tracking number. In this instance, we weren't requesting a record. We just wanted justification for the information having been withheld. Besides, given the city’s notorious hostility toward transparency and public records, the tracking number may as well have been a honking middle finger.

The Plain Dealer interviewed Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilman Zack Reed last week in preparation for a mayoral endorsement and they pressed Jackson on this issue. Cleveland.com editor Chris Quinn mentioned that Cleveland.com’s lawyers were currently negotiating with the city’s law department over public records and that a significant lawsuit may be forthcoming.

“We’ve been around a long time,” said Quinn (at about the 45:00 mark), “and there’s nobody who has had a worse record with public records… This has been a big problem. The media does not have the money to launch what would be an expensive lawsuit.”

Jackson responded, “Whatever you’re entitled to is what you should have.”

Implicit in his response — and doubly so when the alternative media is concerned — is that we’re not entitled to much.

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Foo Fighters to Play Blossom in 2018

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 11:58 AM

  • Brantley Gutierrez
Singer-guitarist Dave Grohl might hail from Warren, but Foo Fighters don’t often perform in Northeast Ohio.

Given the infrequency of the band’s appearances here, the group’s upcoming show at Blossom should draw a huge crowd.

The band just announced it will perform at the venue on July 25 as part of its Concrete and Gold tour that supports its ninth studio album.

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