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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Boaz Cafe to Open Second Restaurant in University Heights Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 4:58 PM

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Update: Boaz in University Heights officially opens next week. Diners can look forward to a March 9th opening.

For more on the second location Boaz, which originally opened in Ohio City, check out our news item below.


Aladdin's Eatery
unveiled its health-focused, fast-casual spinoff Boaz Café two years ago in Ohio City (2549 Lorain Ave., 216-458-9225) with eyes on future expansion. The first phase of those expansion plans will occur this fall when the company unveils its new East Side location. Boaz is moving into the former Sweet Melissa space (20630 John Carroll Blvd.) in University Heights, near the campus of John Carroll University.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, Boaz is a contemporary bowl-based café that focuses on light, bright, fresh and vividly flavored Middle Eastern fare. The fully customizable bowls begin with greens or lentils, which are then topped with beef shawarma or grilled chicken, followed by hummus or baba, and then a selection of a dozen different garnishes such as radishes, pickled turnips and salata, the classic chopped salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and herbs. The final step is a drizzle of tahini yogurt, hot sauce or that magical Aladdin's garlic sauce.

But there’s more to Boaz than the bowls. A small kitchen also turns out customer favorites like fattoush salads, falafel appetizers, spicy cauliflower hummus and rolled pita sandwiches. There is also a roster of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies.

“It seems like everyone is doing a bowl but you have to give the customers what they want and like,” explains Fares Chamoun, president of Aladdin's. “At first we were hesitant to do it because my dad is a nut about providing a really awesome full-service experience, but we’re answering that demand with this concept.”

At 3,000 square feet, the space is much larger than the original in Ohio City. It will be completely re-imagined by Richardson Design, with a polished look and feel that will propel the brand well into the future. There will be a line to left when you enter and a roomy dining room around it.

Look for an opening day sometime this fall.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Update: Advance Tickets for the Cleveland Museum of Art's New Picasso Exhibit Will Go on Sale in April

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 10:53 AM

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Update: The highly anticipated new exhibit Picasso and Paper will be on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art from May 24 to August 23, and the museum has just announced the details regarding advance tickets. CMA members may reserve their tickets beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 20.

Members can see the exhibit before it opens during previews that take place on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. The general public may begin purchasing tickets at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

Tickets cost $20, or $15 for seniors and groups. Tickets are $10 for college students with ID, children ages 6 to 17 and member guests. Children 5 and under and CMA members are free (but tickets are required).

The museum recommends purchasing or reserving tickets online by visiting Tickets can also be purchased or reserved by phone at 216-421-7350 or at the museum’s ticket center. The folks at the museum tell us that advance sales are highly recommended.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Update: Chance the Rapper Cancels Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Concert

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 12:28 PM

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Update: After postponing his tour in support of his new album, Chance the Rapper has canceled the entire jaunt, including the show that was slated to take place at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Feb. 4.

Over the weekend, he posted his decision on Instagram. “Hey guys I’ve decided to cancel the Big Tour,” he wrote. “I know it sucks and its been a lot of back and forth with reschedules and rerouting, but it’s for the best. I’m gonna take this time to be with family, make some new music and develop my best show to date. I’m deeply sorry to anyone with a ticket who has supported me this past decade by coming to a show and rocking out with me and I feel even worse for anyone who was planning on making this their first Chance concert.”

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld Adds Second Performance to State Theatre Stop in October

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 10:58 AM

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Update: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has added a second performance to his upcoming Cleveland stop in October, Playhouse Square just announced.

As the richest comic in the world, Seinfeld only makes shows for Netflix and tours to places like Cleveland because he wants to, clearly not because of the money. Since his scheduled performance at the State Theatre on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. sold out quickly, the funnyman has also added a 9:30 p.m. show. 

Tickets go on sale for the just-added time on Friday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. 

(Original post 7/12/2019): Earlier today, Playhouse Square announced that comedian Jerry Seinfeld will return to the State Theatre to perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.

Known for his ability to joke about “the little things in life,” Seinfeld currently helms the Emmy-nominated web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He also recently made his Netflix debut with the original stand-up special Jerry Before Seinfeld.

Most recently, Seinfeld has been performing at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as part of an ongoing residency that he began three years ago.

Tickets to the State Theatre show go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 19.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Asian Lantern Festival Adds Yet Another Week to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Residency

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 9:56 AM

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Update: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has announced that the Asian Lantern Festival is continuing on for one more week, after already adding two weeks to the summer event.

The final dates (for real this time) are Thursday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 18.

“The community’s response to this year’s Asian Lantern Festival has been tremendous with approximately 145,000 guests so far,” Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks Chief Marketing Officer, said in a statement. “With several sold-out dates over the last two weekends, we wanted to add one final weekend to give everyone a chance to attend this year’s event.

(Original Story: 7/23/2019) Apparently people are enjoying a little light in their life this summer, as the ongoing Asian Lantern Festival at the Metroparks Zoo has been extended for two more weeks. 

Taking over parks and zoos across the country, the traveling Asian Lantern Festival shows off thousands of colorful handmade paper lanterns. And this year's Cleveland edition, which started June 20, brings more than 40 brand new light up displays crafted by Chicago’s Tianyu Arts and Culture firm.

The zoo reported that more than 75,000 visitors have checked out the lantern displays thus far, so the attraction is now closing up shop on Sunday, Aug. 11, instead of the end of July.

The event is continuing to include authentic bites from local spots Li Wah, King Wah, Thai Thai, an interactive zone, open air market and live performances every hour. Running after zoo hours, the lantern exhibit is only open Thursday through Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Same-day tickets are $20.50 each, or you can score four tickets for $60. Kids 2 and younger are free. Check out the zoo's website for all ticket information, and for deals on advanced ticketing.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Update: Scotti's Italian Eatery in Collinwood May Not Close Up Shop Aug. 16

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 2:41 PM

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Update: Following yesterday's announcement that Scotti's Italian Eatery would close in the middle of the month, owner Scott Nathanson took to Facebook today to say that thanks to an outpouring of support, the 20-year-old spot may not have to shutter after all.

We'll keep you updated on the eatery's status in two weeks.

(Original post: 7/31/2019) After 20 years in business, owner Scott Nathanson just announced that his restaurant Scotti's Italian Eatery in the Collinwood neighborhood is closing up shop in mid-August.

"It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Scotti’s will have to close its doors permanently," Nathanson wrote on Facebook today. "I am so sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some of you but I really have no choice."

Opening in 1999 on E. 185 St., the spot is not only known for slinging high-quality pizzas and calzones, along with other Italian fare, but also for its cool oasis of an outdoor patio.

In the post, Nathanson said that business has recently been hindered thanks to nearby construction, which apparently cut their business by half and caused some employees to quit.

"It was a great 20 year run and I appreciate all of you for your patronage and your friendship," Nathanson said in the post. "Not sure what is in the future for me or the business. Thank you again for your help and understanding."

The restaurant's final day in business is Aug. 16. 

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Gov. DeWine Says Ohio Can't Find Execution Drugs

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 6:01 PM

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Ohio officials are unable to secure the drugs necessary to put inmates to death via lethal injection, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday, and must cease using them or risk being unable to buy the drugs for other purposes.

Companies that sell the drugs have balked at the state using them for executions without telling them they were doing so and have threatened to cut off all sales to Ohio if executions using the substances continue, according to a report by The Columbus Dispatch. That could impact entities such as the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and others.

“If pharmaceutical companies discontinue supplying medications to the state of Ohio for these populations that are currently being served, it would put tens of thousands of our citizens at risk,” DeWine told the Dispatch. “Drugs they need for their health will be put in peril.”

A federal judge in Dayton expressed concerns that the state's three-drug execution cocktail is unconstitutional due to the risk of extreme suffering it can cause. The first drug in the cocktail, midazolam, can cause sensations similar to drowning, triggering an inmate's lungs to fill with fluid.

DeWine earlier this year delayed three executions as the state searched for a new lethal injection method. The next inmate scheduled to die is Warren Keith Henness, whose execution DeWine delayed in January. Henness was scheduled to be put to death in six weeks, but was given a new date, May 14, 2020, as of Thursday.

Despite the federal judge's ruling, DeWine and state attorneys have contended that using midazolam isn't cruel and unusual punishment. They pointed to a ruling by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch arguing that since hanging wasn't considered "cruel and unusual" punishment when the Constitution was drafted, pain and suffering alone can't be used to block putting someone to death.

The dearth of drugs available for executions makes the legal battle moot, at least for now. DeWine said he would leave a decision about other execution methods — including the electric chair or firing squads — up to the Ohio legislature.

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