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Friday, October 19, 2018

Ohio City Galley to Open Friday, October 26

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 2:42 PM

  • Ohio City Galley
"As of next Friday we are all systems go," says chef Anthony Zappola of the Rice Shop, one of four new food concepts that will be operating at Ohio City Galley.

Since it was announced last year, the project has been steadily taking shape in the historic Forest City Bank Building at the corner of West 25th and Detroit Avenue, formerly home to Massimo Da Milano restaurant. Like Smallman Galley and Federal Galley in Pittsburgh, Ohio City Galley is a large, animated space with a bar, communal seating and multiple restaurant concepts.

In addition to Zappola's Rice Shop, a contemporary rice bowl concept, Ohio City Galley will feature Tinman, a classic diner concept from Michael and Tommy Schoen, Poca, a regional Mexican concept from Black Pig owner Michael Nowak, and Sauce the City, an eclectic Southern themed eatery from Victor Searcy Jr.

For a detailed description of each food concept, check out this article.

The doors officially open at 5 pm on Friday, October 26. Following that, the operation is a lunch and dinner concern seven days a week.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mitchell's Ice Cream Opens Today at Van Aken District

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 9:15 AM

  • Credit Jason Russell
If all goes as planned, Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream will open its 10th scoop shop at Van Aken District, the new urban hub presently taking shape in Shaker. Brothers Mike and Pete Mitchell will tell you that every location is dear to them, but this one has a special look, feel and location that sets it apart.

"We had the opportunity to do something special with the building and we feel pretty great about it," says Mike, adding that the shop has three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and a seamless connection with the outdoors.

From the start, the transit-oriented project has been described by principals as  "the anti-corporate, anti-lifestyle center for the residents of Shaker," a quality that was not lost on the brothers Mitchell.

"It doesn't feel like a shopping center, it feels like a neighborhood," notes Mike. "It's a great feeling that my brother and I get when a community reaches out to us to have some sort of presence there. We like to find ways to be part of communities in a special way."

Following a few last-minute hoops, this newest arrival should be scooping ice cream for the general public by lunchtime today.

"We're excited to be a part of this project, but also part of the Shaker community," says Mike.

For more on the Van Aken District project, read this preview, which includes information on other food and drink tenants that will soon be joining the project. 

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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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Souper Market Will Open in Former Tea House Noodles Spot on East 6th

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 11:23 AM

  • Courtesy Souper Market
In August, Tea House Noodles (1900 E. 6th St.) closed its doors after two decades in the business of feeding busy downtown commuters. It was only a matter of days before the petite space was claimed by a new operator.

“When I heard the space was available I immediately jumped on it,” says Matthew Moore, owner of Souper Market. “From the get-go I always wanted to get downtown and for whatever reason it never panned out.”

Moore launched his popular soup-kitchen concept back in 2002, when he debuted the first Souper Market in Ohio City, across the street from the West Side Market. He’s since added outposts in Lakewood and Kamm’s Corners, plus the location in Midtown that is attached to the company’s central kitchen.

Moore says that he was perfectly happy with the way things were, but the opportunity was too good to pass up.

“I wasn’t planning on doing anything, but it felt like a no-brainer to me because there are so many people down there that are looking for healthy spots to get lunch,” he reports. “Our concept’s not exactly like Tea House, but it’s kind of the same thing in that it’s fresh food to go.”

Moore is in the process of cleaning out the 900-square-foot space, which hadn’t been remodeled for 20 years. The goal, he stresses, is “to get people in and out as efficiently as possible.”

Like the other shops, this one will offer 10 from-scratch soups a day, with seasonal favorites joining daily specials. The brews are always served with good-quality bread from Stone Oven. In addition to the bowls, Souper Market offers a variety of salads and one very popular grilled cheese sandwich. There will be seating for approximately 15 at high-tops and a counter.

The goal is to be up and running by December 11, which is the 16th birthday of the original spot in Ohio City.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Coming Soon: La Plaza Taqueria at La Plaza Supermarket

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 4:01 PM

  • Doug Trattner
In 2011, Adrian Ortega relocated his popular Mexican grocery from Lorain Avenue to Lakewood Heights Blvd., where he renamed it La Plaza Supermarket (13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-476-8000). Since the beginning, the Latin foods market on the Cleveland-Lakewood border sold tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and other delicious items from a small counter in the rear of the shop (and, when weather permitted, a taco cart up front).

  • Doug Trattner
It would be a couple years, though, until the broader community discovered the incomparable joys of the authentic street food-style tacos. Thanks to friends, food writers and the proliferation of Instagram, however, the floodgates have been opened wide.

“It started little by little,” explains Christina Gonzales. “People liked trying a different style from other restaurants. We are trying as much as we can to do it authentic. People love the way that we do it.”

As business continued to swell, changes were made to the largely makeshift café in the rear in attempts to keep up. More seating was added, additional staffers hired, another griddle put into service, but the demand kept rising. At certain times of the day and week, lines for food can snake clear down the grocery aisles.

To alleviate the pressure while capitalizing on the demand, management decided to carve out space in the front of the store for a self-contained taqueria. For months, shoppers have followed the progress of the build-out as it neared completion.

  • Doug Trattner
“It has always been in his mind to do this,” Gonzales says of Ortega, her boss. “It’s just that first you have to get customers. But now was the right moment to do it, so he just went for it.”

When it opens in about two weeks, La Plaza Taqueria will sell the same lineup of asada, al pastor, barbacoa, lengua and chorizo tacos, tortas, tamales and quesadillas, but will boast numerous consumer-related enhancements. For starters, customers will no longer have to pay cash (or take their bill up to the grocery checkout to use a card). There will be triple the griddle space to enhance efficiencies. There will be seating for approximately 40 guests inside plus more on a patio when it’s finished. Separate entrances allow for ingress from either the sidewalk or the grocery.

Also new will be a selection of La Michoacana brand ice creams and frozen treats.

Once the taqueria is up and running, the rear café will be decommissioned and the space handed over to the bakery department.

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Cleveland ClusterTruck Food Delivery is No More (For Now)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 9:42 AM

ClusterTruck appeared to be on a tear. Since launching two years ago in Indianapolis, this tech-driven food-delivery startup added locations in Bloomington, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City and Cleveland, which debuted last November.

For now, at least, the company has ceased operations in Cleveland (and Minneapolis). Customers who attempt to place an order receive the following message:

“We are currently closed. Thank you Cleveland! It has been a privilege to serve you and we are incredibly grateful of your support and feedback in the past few months. We have some things we need to work on, so we are unable to serve you at this time but we look forward to returning, hopefully sooner rather than later!”

As I wrote in my initial review of the concept, ClusterTruck “seeks to outdo all other food delivery outfits by employing one key tactic: they prepare their own food. Typical third-party delivery drivers are dispatched to a restaurant, where they have to park, walk inside, and grab an order that might have been waiting for them to arrive. Thanks to intelligent proprietary technology, ClusterTruck drivers are summoned to land the moment the food is ready. A super-tight delivery zone ensures that no journey is longer than 10 minutes from the company's kitchen on the eastern edge of downtown.”

As of now, inquiries to the company regarding any possible future operations have been unanswered. We’ll update this page if/when it does.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Ohio's Most Popular Halloween Candy in 2018 Won't Melt in Your Hand

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 4:13 PM

  • Photo via Wikipedia
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 now M&M's.

This news comes according to Candy Store, a bulk candy supplier which recently crunched 11 years (2007-2017) 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 double-checked its data with other candy suppliers and makers.

Last year's No. 1 choice of Blow Pops was thankfully moved to the No. 2 spot this year, with Starbursts soundly remaining in third place. Classic M&M's, which have been around for 77 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).

The below interactive map features the Top 3 Halloween candy sales per state. Check out which state selected your favorite candy:

Source: CandyStore.com.

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