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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 breath 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

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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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Sunday, October 13, 2019

20 Hidden Bars in Cleveland and How to Find Them All

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Ontario Street Cafe, One of the Last Remaining Dive Bars Downtown, Has Closed

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 9:24 AM

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When Alan Glazen took over the Ontario Street Café seven years ago, there were fears that he would destroy the timeless charm of the downtown dive. That didn’t happen. Instead, it was Jack Casino that would ultimately destroy one of Cleveland’s most cherished watering holes. As of yesterday, the Ontario Street Café is closed.

“We’re done,” says partner Randy Kelly. “The Jack Casino is our landlord – and they’ve been great – but long story short, we agreed to terminate our lease.”

Located across the street from the Jack Casino, Ontario Street Café is a nearly 50-year-old lounge with an interior and ambiance from another era. Dimly lit, with mahogany bar, professional staffers and rock-bottom prices, the bar was an endangered species in an otherwise homogeneous landscape.

The one-of-a-kind bar is likely a casualty of Bedrock's plans to turn over every tenant on the street while building a second pedestrian bridge so gamblers can walk from a garage directly into the casino in relative comfort.

Bravo, Cleveland. Bravo.

Additional statement from owner Alan Glazen: "We thank our loyal customers that we have been able to serve over the years. As our lease has come to an end, the decision has been made to evaluate the options for the future of the May Company Garage, including the retail space in which it includes, as it undergoes significant improvements and therefore we will be looking for a new location. We look forward to serving you in the future as the next iteration of The Ontario and thank you for your continued support.”

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Night at the Brewseum to Close Out Cleveland Beer Week in Grand Fashion

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 2:13 PM

This year’s Cleveland Beer Week will be closed out with Night at the Brewseum, a craft beer and food filled extravaganza taking place at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (1 Wade Oval Dr., 216-231-4600).

“Night at the Brewseum is our Cleveland Beer Week grand finale and it’s the one event you won’t want to miss,” says Chris Leib, organizer and partner in Tremont Taphouse and Butcher and the Brewer.

The event will feature 150 beers, including one-of-a-kind collaborations from Cleveland brewers. Dozens of local chefs from the area’s best restaurants will be on hand to serve up delicious eats. Those eateries include Ohio City Provisions, Butcher and the Brewer, Tremont Taphouse, Fahrenheit, Fire Food and Drink, the Flying Fig, Mabel's BBQ, Lola Bistro, B Spot Burgers, Momocho, El Carnicero, the Plum, Good Company, Market Garden Brewpub, Banter Beer and Wine and more.

The bash takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday October 26 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Tickets cost $60 in advance, $70 at the door.

For more info and tickets, click here.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

First Look: Spotted Owl Bar in Akron’s West Hill Neighborhood

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:39 PM

  • Douglas Trattner
The Spotted Owl just celebrated its fifth anniversary in Tremont, and by the end of the month the cocktail bar will open a second location, this one in the West Hill neighborhood of Akron. Owner Will Hollingsworth has spent the past year converting the old Firehouse No. 3 at 60 S. Maple St. into an attractive, warmly lit watering hole. The turn-of-the-century building, once home to the fire station that now resides across the street, features 16-foot ceilings clad in gorgeous honey-toned wood. Cut-outs for a pair of fireman’s poles, now patched up, can still be seen above. The spacious 3,000-square-foot room will seat 75 guests at the bar, high-tops and a couple of sumptuous velvet booths.

“The building has great bones,” says Hollingsworth. “I wanted to keep things simple. The space knows what it wants to be, you just have to listen.”

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Sporting an Old Hollywood meets Old Havana vibe, the room is done up in greens and golds, greys and blues. A handsome bar is wrapped in white tile and gilded with brass lamps, hooks and foot rails. Behind the bar is a stunning work of art commissioned from Ohio artist Dana Oldfather. On the opposite side of the room, an eclectic gallery wall rises up to meet the high ceilings. In another corner of the room is a small nook for live entertainment such as a jazz trio.

Unlike the Tremont Spotted Owl, this one features an open kitchen, from which a selection of small plates will flow.

“In West Hill, we’re not surrounded by restaurants the way the Tremont location is,” Hollingsworth points out. “We’re not going to be doing dinner – the cocktails are still the star of the show. But I want people to stick around.”

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The cocktail menu will mirror that of the Tremont bar, where the current drinks format is built around a mood wheel that allows guests to point bartenders in the right direction when it comes to crafting original cocktails.

“We’ve been doing the cocktail wheel for the past two years and it really works,” Hollingsworth explains. “Our menus were getting more and more high-concept, more and more complicated, more and more expensive, and it wasn’t sustainable. We needed to totally flip the script. This style of cocktail menu makes the customer feel listened to and taken care and that’s what we are always trying to do.”

When the bar opens, likely in the last week of October, it will be overseen by general manager (and builder of bars) Sin-Jin Satayathum and beverage director Jacob Bender.

Owner Hollingsworth says that the southern expansion is somewhat of a proof of concept, a way for him to further test the viability of his brand. As he describes it, the Spotted Owl is firstly a bar and secondly a cocktail bar, operated with a “meat-and-potatoes” style of service where staffers dress as they wish, pull two-buck beers, pour ribbons of Old Granddad and mix world-class cocktails.

“I wanted to test out the product in a new market,” he says. “If it works in Tremont and it works in Akron, chances are it will work anywhere. It’s a bold experiment, but I feel good about it. The community has been really welcoming and everybody seems really excited.”

The Spotted Owl will be open 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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