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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Oktoberfest Season Kicks Off This Labor Day Weekend at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 4:54 PM

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While we should be hanging on to the dregs of summer for dear life, many are already gearing up for the fall season with Oktoberfest celebrations kicking off in Northeast Ohio this Labor Day weekend.

Now in Munich, the homebase of Oktoberfest, official celebrations run from late September though October — meaning, yes, it's okay to hoist your steins freely over two month's time.

Still, Labor Day Weekend, seems a little early. Nonetheless, the annual Cleveland Oktoberfest soldiers on Friday through Monday at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, featuring all the German food, beer and music you can handle.

Admission is $13 for adults (or $10 online); children 12 and under are free, and yes, parking is free.

If the event seems a little early, know there will be plenty more Oktoberfest events throughout autumn in Northeast Ohio.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Raising Cane's Is Coming to Detroit Ave. in Lakewood This September

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 3:05 PM

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Update: Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers is officially taking over the old Bob Evans on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, the restaurant chain recently announced. When it opens in September, this will be the 33rd Ohio location for the Louisiana-started chicken joint.

After breaking ground at the site earlier this month, plans are underway to hire about 100 employees for the franchise.

Find out more below: 

(Original Article from 08/27/2018): A second Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers restaurant may soon open in Northeast Ohio, if the company is successful in taking over a Bob Evans on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

As Lakewood councilperson Tristan Rader announced Saturday on Facebook (see whole post below), an official proposal for the plan has been submitted. The city's Planning Commission and Architectural Board of Review then has the final say in approving the plans. Although the company must first prove its new building would comply with city code as well as submit a traffic impact study.

But Rader, and others on the council, aren't entirely sold on the idea of welcoming a new fast food restaurant to the neighborhood.

"I was disheartened to hear that a fast food restaurant had already purchased and submitted a proposal for the Bob Evans site," Lakewood Councilperson-at-Large Meghan George told "It has become increasing clear over the past few years that the vast majority of Lakewood residents do not see the addition of another fast food establishment as a positive for the community."

The first Raising Cane's in the area opened earlier this year in Strongsville. The restaurant chain's new proposal gets its first public hearing this Thursday.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Downtown Whistle & Keg Self-Service Craft Beer Bar Opens This Week

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 1:37 PM

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Update: Whistle & Keg, a self-service craft beer bar, will open this Thursday in the spot most recently occupied by Prospect Music, which closed last year. (Next to AJ Rocco's and the Huron Point Tavern, if you were curious.)

The cashless operation lets patrons check in with their driver's license and credit card upon entering. An RFID wristband is then handed over and you pour your own beers, as much or as little as desired, selected from the 50 available taps.

This is Whistle & Keg's second outpost. The original is located in Youngstown.


(Original story 8/9/18): The Nine-Twelve/Gateway District slice of downtown will welcome its second self-service craft beer bar come this winter.

Whistle & Keg, which is based out of Youngstown, will take over the spot in the Caxton Building currently occupied by Prospect Music, which will close in early September.

Once open sometime later this year, it won't serve any food but will offer 44 self-service taps.

“It’s a true tasting room, where people have the freedom to pour wine and mead and beer and cider, and you pay for what you pour,” co-owner Joe Thomas told the Plain Dealer. “You can have one ounce and you pay as little as 15-30 cents and then you can move along and try other beers. When you have to buy an entire pint you often end up going with a beer you’re already familiar with. Our approach encourages people to sample more beers until they find what they like.”

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Shake Shack Now Open at Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 8:45 AM

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Update: Shake Shack is now officially open at Cleveland Hopkins Airport in the main terminal food court.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Early morning breakfast starting at 4 a.m. will be launched in the coming weeks.


(Original story 8/21/18): Shake Shack is set to fly into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this winter, along with three other new restaurants.

The juicy news was announced today that a multi-year contract was reached between Fraport USA and Skyport Hospitality, which will bring in a fresh and redone concession space to the airport.

Shake Shack first came to the Cleveland area earlier this summer, opening in the new Pinecrest outdoor mall in Orange Village.

“We’ve been welcomed so warmly since we opened our very first Ohio Shack earlier this year in Pinecrest,” Michael Kark, Shake Shack Vice President of Global Licensing, said in a statement. “We are excited to journey to the West Side and to share Shake Shack with even more Clevelanders, whether they’re just starting their journey or heading home to Cleveland.”

Expect the usual fare to be served up at the new location, including gooey cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries and thick shakes.

Along with the famed burger chain, expect the following casual concepts: Wow Bao, Cantina Taqueria and Tequila Bar and 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen. No opening date is yet set for the new Cleveland Hopkins restaurants.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Update: Local Indie Rockers Brandtson to Reissue Their Debut Album on Vinyl and Cassette

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Last year, Steadfast Records reissued the sophomore effort from local rockers Brandtson, a group that played regularly around town in the '90s.

Steadfast has just announced that it'll now reissue Letterbox, the band's 1997 debut, which will be available for the first time ever on vinyl and cassette.

Housed in a gatefold jacket, the reissue will feature restored and expanded artwork from the original Steadfast Records release. It arrives on April 12, but preorders are currently being taken.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Now Open: Sesame and Soy Asian Takeout in Tremont

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Update: All systems are go for Sesame and Soy, a new Asian take-out and delivery concept in Tremont.

*** (Original story 08/14/18):

As bored pre-med students at Case, Paul Yu and John Tran opened Turbo Four Café, which was likely Cleveland’s first source for Taiwanese bubble tea when it opened in 2000. Since then, the friends have been partners in a number of business ventures, including the popular Tremont salon Beauty Room on Starkweather.

Next up for the serial entrepreneurs is Sesame and Soy (2173 Professor Ave.), an Asian take-out and delivery concept. The restaurant is currently taking shape within the walls of the original Cookie and a Cupcake space in Tremont. If all goes as hoped, the business could be up and running by early September.

As Tremont residents, both Yu and Tran believe there is a need for affordable, high-quality Chinese food in the neighborhood.

“If I want really good beef and broccoli with fried rice and an egg roll, where am I going to go,” Yu asks rhetorically. “And why is it $30 every time I want to go out to eat with my wife in my own neighborhood?”

Yu says that he “loves simple concepts,” and that’s his and his partner’s plan for Sesame and Soy. The roster of familiar Chinese foods will likely land in the 10 to 12 item range, with a few appetizers like egg rolls, crab Rangoon and dumplings. Taiwanese specials like beef noodle soup, popcorn chicken and fried pork chops might make appearances. The goal is to offer a meal of two entrees and an appetizer for around $25.

“Simple ingredients, simple menu, but great food,” promises Yu.

Given that the space is just 450 square feet, the plan is to offer only carry-out and delivery service. Orders can be placed through the website or third-party platforms like Facebook and Yelp. Customers will receive a text stating the pickup or delivery time. The delivery zone will be limited to Tremont and perhaps Duck Island. In place of plastic, foods will be packaged in the traditional origami-style Chinese-takeout containers and sealed with a fun branded sticker.

To start, Sesame and Soy will be dinner-only, says Yu.

“I want to open with limited hours because the most important thing to me is the quality of the food,” he explains. “I want everything to be perfect before I expand to lunch or anything else.”

Right now, the chef is in Las Vegas training at Yu’s mother’s popular Taiwanese restaurant in that city’s Chinatown neighborhood. Both Yu and Tran grew up with family-run Asian restaurants as part of their childhoods.

“Being restaurant kids growing up in restaurants, the last thing on our minds was to ever open a restaurant, and here we are about to open one,” says Yu. “We want to make both our parents proud.”

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

There's No Longer a Parade to Celebrate Tristan Thompson Punching Draymond Green in the Face

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 9:31 AM

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Update: In breaking gimmick parade news, we solemnly inform you this morning that the parade scheduled for this coming Saturday outside of Quicken Loans arena to celebrate that time Tristan Thompson punched Draymond Green in the face seems to be off.

The Facebook page now lists the event as cancelled, though some folks claim they're still going to show up.


(Original story 8/1/18): We may not have taken home the gold following the 2018 NBA Finals, but Cavs fans have found a way to give Cleveland a parade anyway.

Tristan Thompson has made more headlines for his personal life than he has for playing basketball, and this is yet another entry into that canon.

You might remember that Thompson got testy with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the finals.

Green is a vocal hater of Cleveland, going on record to criticize the Cavs, the city and all of us who inhabit it. It appears as though Thompson had enough of Green running his mouth and actually delivered some "talk shit, get hit" vigilante justice.

Despite averaging just 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in four games, Thompson is now a proverbial God in the eyes of Cavs fans after allegedly punching Draymond Green in the face after the ESPY Awards, and there's now a parade scheduled in his honor.

The Facebook event popped up last night and as of the time of publishing, over 9,000 people have marked that they are interested. The parade is scheduled for October 13 (Thompson's number) down by the Quicken Loans arena at 3:10 p.m.

Hilariously enough, the parade is scheduled the day after megachurch owner and modern day snake oil salesman Joel Osteen is delivering a sermon at The Q.

It's admittedly kind of worrisome that nearly 9,000 people are totally down with throwing a parade condoning physical violence, but knowing this event is another example of Cleveland finding a way to overcome the pain and disappointment delivered to us by our sports teams, we can't help but laugh at the ingenuity shown to ensure Cavs fans still have something to celebrate.

Also, like 13 people will actually show up, but that's neither here nor there.

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