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Sunday, October 20, 2019

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Yours Truly Will Open its Solon Restaurant on Monday, Oct. 28

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Back on January 19, the 38th birthday of Yours Truly Restaurants, founder Larry Shibley announced plans for his company’s 10th location. That location, a former Donatos Pizza at 6141 Kruse Dr. in Solon, is scheduled to open on Monday, October 28th.

The first Yours Truly opened in Beachwood in 1981. Since then, Yours Truly has expanded its reach across the suburban Northeast Ohio landscape, with outposts in Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Mayfield, Medina, Mentor, Shaker Square and Valley View. Two and a half years ago, the company opened its first downtown location in the historic Halle Building (1228 Euclid Ave.).

“This is lucky number 10,” Shibley stated at the time of the announcement. “We’ve been interested in Solon for a long time, maybe since as early as the `80s. I’ve looked at this plaza multiple times.”

The 5,000-square-foot building has undergone significant renovations to create the same look and feel as new shops like downtown and renovated ones such as Chagrin Falls.

“These new locations, like downtown and Chagrin Falls, are what we have dubbed 'the YTR Kitchen & Bar' concepts,” Shibley added. “This one will be along those lines, but with many enhancements and tweaks.”

The larger footprint can accommodate approximately 150 guests. There is also a spacious indoor-outdoor bar attached to an all-seasons patio.

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The Rescheduled Pokémon-Themed Pop-Up is Officially Canceled in Cleveland, to the Shock of No One

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 10:24 AM

  • Photo courtesy of the PokeBar
The event company that was supposed to bring a Pokémon-themed pop-up bar to Cleveland has officially decided not to move forward with the party.

As we reported a few weeks ago, the event company (originally Australia's Viral Ventures, which switched hands to Wonderland Global Events) got into trouble after using the trademarked Pokémon materials in its promotions and events without receiving the proper permissions.

At that point, the company put a pause on all of its so-called PokeBar events across the United States, including the one in Cleveland that had originally been scheduled for the first weekend of October, and decided to rename the pop-up the Monster Bar. 

As of just two week's ago, that burger and beer party was re-scheduled to come to Cleveland in January. However, according to spokesperson with the company, the entire concept is being tabled, and the event's website has been deleted. 

Spokesperson Terry Adams explained that the company "felt that the rebranded event did not deliver the same quality of experience as the original event," and would not move forward.

The company has also reportedly refunded all customers who bought tickets for the event.

Meanwhile, Scene just received a press release from Viral Ventures that its pop-up Brick Bar concept — which got into trouble earlier this year after using LEGO materials without permission (we're seeing a pattern here) — is allegedly going forward in Cleveland.

If it does indeed happen, it would be the first Viral Ventures event to ever come to fruition in Cleveland. So far the planned pop-up ball pit, Pokémon and LEGO-themed bars have all either been canceled outright or postponed. That's not exactly the best track record.

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Mustard Seed will Close its Solon Location on Wednesday, Oct. 30

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 9:43 AM


In an announcement posted to Mustard Seed social media followers, CEO Gabe Nabors broke the news that the 20-year-old Solon based health food store would be shutting down for good on Wednesday, October 30th. The Akron stores will continue to operate.

Here is the statement:

"I am sad to announce that we are closing our Solon location effective Wednesday, October 30th, 2019. When my family opened the Solon store, we had high expectations. It was the largest natural foods grocery store east of the Mississippi, and the natural foods industry was having double digit growth. Unfortunately, the store did not develop as we had hoped and today with the increased competition both in brick and mortar stores as well as online, our time has come. My family wishes to give a sincere thank you to our Solon staff, the Solon community and to the thousands of customers that helped us these past 20 years to push health foods to the mainstream. Our Akron locations remain strong and continue to grow and thrive along with our cafes, catering services, and our online initiative Hempluxe.com, which offers our nationally launched line of CBD products."

Gabe Nabors
Chief Executive Officer

During the next two weeks, the Solon store hours will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m every day.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Michael Symon Sells Lolita Building in Tremont, Sherla's Chicken and Oysters is Never Happening

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 12:06 PM

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It's been almost four years since a fire shuttered Lolita in Tremont. Initial estimates of a temporary closure quickly became confirmations of a lengthy shuttering after the extent of damage was realized. By spring of 2016 Michael Symon announced that he'd open a new concept, Sherla's Chicken and Oysters, in the space. It would be about a year before it opened, he told us.

And then he got busy with a bunch of other restaurants around the country, and the sign for Sherla's hung in the windows on Literary Ave. like a failed promise in the wind as the calendar turned from 2017 to 2018 to 2019.

Eventually it was time for Symon to move on, and he wanted the new owner to be someone committed to the neighborhood. That man was Dave Ferrante, owner of Visible Voice books just down the street, who recently bought the building.

A sign posted in one of the windows now proclaims, cheekily, that a White Castle is coming to the space. That's not true, though Ferrante does appreciate "a bit of old Tremont subversiveness" from whoever taped it up.

"I'm not sure yet," Ferrante said when asked about his plans for the space. "I have a lot of ideas in the air and things should focus in more over the next few months. The building has incredible potential."

Whatever it is, expect Tremont to breathe a sigh of relief when the spot is finally occupied after four years of dormancy.

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Ohio's Most Popular Halloween Candy in 2019 Won't Melt in Your Hand

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 11:27 AM

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When it comes to selecting Halloween candy (either to pass out to trick-or-treaters, or for in-home use), Ohio's preferred choice is apparently still M&M's.

This news comes according to Candy Store, a bulk candy supplier which recently crunched 12 years (2007-2018) worth of their own Halloween candy sales numbers finding the Top 3 sweets choices for each state. The company, attempting to make this study somewhat serious, also double-checked its data with other candy suppliers and makers.

Blow Pops, which was ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in Ohio over the past two years, has moved to the No. 3 spot this year, beat out by Starbursts at No. 2. Classic M&M's, which have been around for 78 years, may seem like a boring choice, but they at least do melt in your mouth and not in your hand (unless your hand is super warm). That they are the top Halloween candy in Ohio for the second year shows we at least prize consistency. 

Check out an interactive map of the Top 3 Halloween candy sales per state right here. But in the meantime, here's a look at the Top 10 Halloween choices in the country:  The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavors by CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

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Prosperity Social Club To Introduce a Year-Round Fish Fry

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 10:59 AM

  • Courtesy of Prosperity Social Club
Prosperity Social Club’s Lenten Fish Fry is so insanely popular that the Tremont restaurant/bar has just announced it’ll introduced a new year-round fish special on Friday evenings that includes the choice of two sides. The new deal starts on Oct. 25.

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