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Friday, February 21, 2020

All Saints Public House in Battery Park Opens This Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 10:18 AM

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Update: All Saints Public House in Battery Park officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m.

For more on the revamped space and concept, which debuts in the spot occupied by Battery Park Pub, Graffiti and Reddstone, check out our first look below.

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(Original story 1/29/2019): Business partners Chris Brauser and Stephen Stopko believe they have the formula to succeed in a spot that has seen more than its fair share of turnover over the past few years. Since 2012, this Battery Park tavern in Detroit Shoreway has been home to Reddstone 2.0, Graffiti and Battery Park Pub, some ventures lasting as long as three years, others as brief as 11 months. Of course, many old-timers remember this building as Snicker’s, a joint that lasted (under various owners) for almost two decades.

Brauser and Stopko, who got the keys to the building in early October, appear to have put in the time, money and attention to create a space that looks and feels like a new business as opposed to a simple retread of operations past. All Saints Public House (1261 W.76th St., 216-999-7074) offers up the atmosphere of a warm, welcoming and polished neighborhood pub.

“We focused on bringing the building back to its prime era,” notes Brauser, adding that the building dates back to 1909. “Over the years and different restaurant concepts, the character got stripped away, as did the bar’s position in the neighborhood.”

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  • Douglas Trattner
Following months of work, the main barroom has reclaimed much of its turn-of-the-century elegance; an intimate space for 45 anchored by a handsome mahogany bar and capped with a pressed tin ceiling. Warm lighting, soft seating and a wall decorated with photos of local boxer Johnny Kilbane combine to create an appealing spot that feels like it’s been here all along.

Back in the day, the corner tavern served as the company bar for employees of the Union Carbide plant. For All Saints to thrive, says Brauser, it once again has to serve the immediate community.

“We are a neighborhood bar that bridges the divide between new and old,” he states. “For this place to have success, it has to be the place that the neighborhood loves.”

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  • Douglas Trattner
Chef Cody Heppler will put together a menu of approachable but well-crafted items that will include wedge and Cobb salads, pulled pork sliders, grilled cheese sandwiches served alongside tomato bisque, beer-battered fish and chips, smoked beef Reubens and a grilled sirloin steak. Those dishes will be supplemented by nightly specials.

“I don’t even want to use the term gastropub, because that sounds too fancy,” Brauser explains. “This is solid pub fare.”

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  • Douglas Trattner
The upper level received equal attention, turning an underutilized overflow space into a clubby but attractive lounge with a more casual vibe. Comfy couches, multiple large-screen TVs and a second bar make the space more conducive to groups, private affairs and events like trivia or comedy nights.

“The way I describe it is, if I meet a girl and have a first date, we’ll eat downstairs,” Brauser says. “On the weekend, when I’m with my friends watching sports, upstairs is where I’m going to hang.”

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  • Douglas Trattner
Out back, the patio will also get a much-needed refresh. Come spring, guests can look forward to a patio space that is leveled, relit and refurnished.

Look for All Saints Public House to open in mid-February.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Portman Will Vote Against Additional Witnesses in Trump Senate Impeachment Trial

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 4:43 PM

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In a statement today, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said he will not vote to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

That vote is scheduled to happen this evening.

As a member of the Senate, Rob Portman is one of Trump's 100 jurors — and one that Democrats hoped to convince as they seek to make impeachment charges the U.S. House passed against Trump stick. But the Ohio senator's involvement in the situation is unique compared to his colleagues.

The impeachment proceedings relate to Trump's interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, specifically a July 25 phone call in which the president asked for an investigation into political rival former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Trump is accused of withholding roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine while seeking that investigation.

Portman says that some of Trump's actions were inappropriate, but that they didn't constitute impeachable offenses.

“I do not believe that additional witnesses are needed," Portune wrote in his statement. "I have said consistently for the past four months, since the Zelensky transcript was first released, that I believe that some of the president’s actions in this case – including asking a foreign country to investigate a potential political opponent and the delay of aid to Ukraine – were wrong and inappropriate. But I do not believe that the president’s actions rise to the level of removing a duly-elected president from office and taking him off the ballot in the middle of an election."

The president's critics — including Democrats but also former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, both Republicans — say the president broke the law with the telephone inquiry and subsequent public statements asking Ukraine and China to investigate Biden and his son, the latter of whom received hundreds of thousands of dollars for serving on the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

During his time as vice president, Biden pushed Ukraine to remove Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor there long thought to be corrupt. Trump alleges that the elder Biden did so because that prosecutor was investigating his son.

Thus far, there is no evidence that this was the case — and a number of statements from officials both in the U.S. and Ukraine, including Portman, show that the prosecutor who was removed was indeed suspected of corruption.

Portman is the co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus. Trump has credited him specifically with eventually convincing the president to release the aid in question — though that release in September came after a whistleblower complaint was filed about the aid being withheld.

In his statement today, Portman said that calling additional witnesses would take too long and keep the Senate from doing its normal legislative work.

“Our country is already too deeply divided and we should be working to heal wounds, not create new ones," the statement concludes. "It is better to let the people decide. Early voting has already begun in some states in the presidential primaries. The American people will have the opportunity to have their say at the ballot box.”

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The 24 Most Underrated Bars in Cleveland

Posted on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 4:37 PM

Snowy Owls are Officially Back in Cleveland For the Winter

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 4:08 PM

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The first reports of snowy owls being spotted in Cleveland this winter are here.

Yesterday, Martin J. Calabrese, a naturalist at Cleveland Metroparks, saw two owls hanging out at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He even caught one rotating its neck 180-degrees, as seen in the video below:


While the pilgrimage of snowy owls from Canada to the shores of Lake Erie occurs annually, the amount of birds varies from year to year.

Find out how to catch a glimpse of the snowy owls on your own time right here. Then check out photos of owls seen in Cleveland during previous winters right here.

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10 Cleveland Valentine's Day Events You Shouldn't Miss

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 3:07 PM

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Whether you plan to spend Valentine's Day with a significant other, gal pal or yourself, there's something for everyone in Cleveland ... as these 10 lovely events prove.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m.
2516 Market Ave.

Great Lakes Brewing Company is celebrating self-love at their Anti-Valentine’s Day Celebration. Whether you are a lover of Valentine’s Day or anti-romance, everyone is invited to drink, dance and win prizes. Tickets are on sale for $45 and include two drinks, unlimited access to a photo booth, tarot card reader and a create-your-own cupcake and postcard station. Tickets are available for purchase here.

CLE Cookie Dough + Beer Pairing
Friday, Feb. 14 from 6-9 p.m.
4125 Lorain Ave.

CLE Cookie Dough and Platform Beer Co. are back with their annual cookie dough and beer pairing event, which includes (just like the name implies) Valentine’s-themed cookie options and a variety of beers to sample. Tickets are priced at $23, plus fees. Find tickets here.

Toddler Valentine’s Day Jump
Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.
7204 Pearl Rd.

You and your little one can have a wild Valentine’s Day at Get Air Cleveland Trampoline Park. Tickets are available for purchase for the children at $7 for an hour and $9 for two. Parents get to jump for free. Find out more information here.

Valentine’s Day at Happy Dog
Friday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.
5801 Detroit Ave.

Revolution Brass Band is playing at Cleveland’s neighborhood corner bar this Valentine’s Day. The event features live music, flowers and chocolates to munch on. Tickets are priced at $7, with food and beverage options available for purchase at the event. Find tickets here.

Eat, Drink & Be Mine
Friday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.
146 Old River Rd.

Lindsey’s Lake House Flats is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a live DJ, open bar and a chef-inspired aphrodisiac menu. Tickets are $75. Purchase tickets here.

Adult Swim: Wine & Chocolate Tasting
Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
2000 Sycamore St.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, Greater Cleveland Aquarium invites couples and singles to sample wines and chocolates from local businesses in the company of sharks and seahorses. General admission tickets are $40 and include after-hours aquarium access, a souvenir tasting glass and 20 tasting tickets. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Valentine's Day Couples' Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 15
1395 W. 10th St.

The Studio Cleveland is teaching basic relaxation techniques that couples can share together this Valentine’s Day. The workshop offers couples the opportunity to better their communication skills and express their needs more effectively. Tickets are $65 per couple. Purchase tickets here.

Cooking with Chef Eric Wells
Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
7201 Kinsman Rd.

Learn culinary techniques from Chef Eric this Valentine’s Day, while enjoying delicious dishes such as blackened salmon served with rice and broccoli and individual cheesecakes with strawberry puree. Tickets are $35. Find tickets here.

Valentine’s Day Paint and Sip
Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.

Vincia Rountree is bringing paint and wine to B Side Lounge this Valentine’s Day. Invite a special someone out to a creative paint-filled night offering cool refreshments. Tickets are priced at $30. Find out more information here.

Candle & Paint
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
1810 Coventry Rd.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day molding candles for your loved one at Cleveland Candle Co. Local Artist Kristina is teaching couples to make their own custom scented soy candles and invites you to bring your own bottle of wine or desert. Tickets are $35. Purchase tickets here.

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Let's Take a Spin Through Cedar Point in the Early 1960s

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 11:47 AM

This week's slice of vintage Northeast Ohio nostalgia comes by way of a YouTube user who uploaded digitized 8mm videos taken by his grandfather at Cedar Point in 1961 and 1963, and which we stumbled upon thanks to a Reddit post.

Come join us in the swingin' '60s when Cedar Point was just a tad different than it is now.




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Ohio Lawmakers Mull a Bill That Would Increase the Penalties for Animal Cruelty

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 10:53 AM

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Lawmakers in the Ohio Senate's Judiciary Committee will soon hear testimony about a proposed bill that would increase the penalties for those who are cruel to or kill a companion animal.

That bill, SB5, would update a 2016 legislation called Goddard's Law. That law made it a fifth-degree felony to seriously harm a companion animal — a pet or service animal that lives inside, but not livestock or wild animals.

Since the passage of Goddard's Law, sentencing reform has decreased the penalties for fifth-degree felonies — the lowest-level felony designation. So supporters of stricter sentencing for animal cruelty convictions want those crimes instead charged as third-degree felonies, for which judges have more discretion to order prison sentences.

Under the proposed law, animal cruelty could be punishable by up to 16 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. The law would also create a new crime — a fourth-degree felony — for charging those who aid and abet animal cruelty.

The Cleveland-based Public Animal Welfare Society is among the groups backing the new bill. They say that under the current sentencing policies, those convicted of even severe cruelty to animals serve little if any time in prison and that cruelty toward animals is often a predictor of later violence toward people.

Proponents of harsher penalties point to recent examples of animal cruelty in Ohio, including a case in which an East Cleveland man set a dog in a cage on fire in September last year and another in which a man from the town of Warren received three months in jail for skinning a dog alive.

Senate President Larry Obhof and State Sen. Jay Hottinger, both Republicans, are co-sponsors of the bill, as is Democrat State Sen. Sean O'Brien.

“Numerous studies have found a relationship between animal abuse and violence against people,” O’Brien said in a news release last year. “We hope to make the penalties fit these extremely heinous crimes and, in the process, prevent violent crimes from being committed against people. Offenders need to receive more than a slap on the wrist for harming companion animals in Ohio.”

Not everyone is sold on the proposal, however.

“We’re at an environment at the Statehouse right now where we’re struggling to pass bills that offer greater protections for people,” Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association Executive Director Lou Tobin told Cleveland.com back in October when the bill was introduced. “We were debating a felony strangulation law today and there were concerns that we were filling up the prisons... So I’m worried that bills like this aren’t proportional to the types of harm we really want to prevent in Ohio.”

The bill will get a hearing before the State Senate Judiciary Committee Feb. 5 at 9:15 a.m.

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