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Monday, November 12, 2018

First Look: Barroco Arepa Bar, Opening This Week at Crocker Park

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 10:04 AM

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  • Juan Vergara
What started in 2011 as a modest Lakewood cafe (12906 Madison Ave., 216-221-8127) serving almost exclusively Colombian arepas has grown to become one of Northeast Ohio's most adored and unique regional restaurant groups. In 2017, the eatery run by the Vergara family expanded to the east side, with an attractive new location on Larchmere (12718 Larchmere Blvd., 216-938-9301).

Next up for Barroco Arepa Bar and Concert Cafe is a colorful new location at Crocker Park in Westlake, which is all set to open its doors to the public on Thursday November 15.

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  • Juan Vergara
“We weren’t even looking to do another restaurant but the opportunity opened up,” says Juan Vergara . “I feel like things are running smoothly at both Barrocos and although a third restaurant was not in our plans, we feel like our concept deserves it. I think we’re going to get great exposure over there. I can’t wait to show off Barroco to a lot of people who don’t know us yet.”

The new restaurant (287 Crocker Park Blvd., 440-641-1283) took over the space that was most recently home to 87 West 2, but the transformation leaves little trace of the former tenant. A full kitchen was installed and, as one can see from the photos, the layout was drastically changed, brightened and improved.

In addition to those addictive arepas, stuffed white corn tortillas served with sauces like chimichurri, spicy peanut and garlic aioli, the restaurant serves up a wide range of Pan-Latin offerings. The menu offers tostadas, tacos and large plates flush with braised, grilled and sauteed meats paired with rice, tostones, plantains and/or beans. All of the above is paired with a full bar.

Barroco Arepa Bar and Concert Cafe serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, typically with a side of live music.

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  • Juan Vergara

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Prosperity Social Club to Host Its Annual Prohibition Repeal Party on December 2

Posted By on Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 9:24 AM

COURTESY OF PROSPERITY SOCIAL CLUB
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A “noble experiment” that banned the consumption and sale of alcohol, Prohibition thankfully came to an end with the ratification of 21st Amendment on Dec. 5, 1933. To mark the occasion, Prosperity Social Club holds an annual Prohibition Repeal Supper Club party.

This year’s event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.

“It’s been 85 years since the production, transport and sale of alcohol was criminal in the United States, but I’d venture to guess that for most people — definitely for restaurant, club, pub, brewery, winery and distillery owners — the end of mandatory temperance and the crime, brick wine and bathtub gin that came with the ban is still very worthy of a toast,” says Prosperity owner Bonnie Flinner in a press release about the event.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Brasa Grill Closes its Doors After 15 Years

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 10:23 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF BRASA GRILL STEAKHOUSE, FACEBOOK
  • Photo Courtesy of Brasa Grill Steakhouse, Facebook
Through a Facebook post, Brasa Grill, Cleveland’s first but no longer only, Brazilian steakhouse has announced that it has closed. The Warehouse District staple was known for offering a bountiful salad bar and a continuous stream of grilled and roasted meats, served tableside by spit-and-saber wielding servers.

Unused gift cards can be used at sister establishment Mallorca.

Following is the statement posted online by management.

"We can’t continue to Thank you enough for all the support over the past 15 years. We are forever grateful to the staff and customers that have been part of our little group and quickly became family.
Cheers to the end of an Era." 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink to Open Next Spring at Van Aken District

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 10:25 AM

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Since it was announced that James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz would be joining the roster of food and drink retailers at the Van Aken District in Shaker, it was understood that the Miami-based chef was planning to open a Michael’s Genuine Pizza. But after getting to know the area better, Schwartz elected to go a different, more upscale route.

Come spring, the chef will debut Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, a version of his 12-year-old flagship restaurant in the Design District of Miami.

“For us, the goal of any project is to realize its full potential,” explains Schwartz. “Working with the team on site at The Van Aken District, and getting to know the greater area, it became apparent that we wanted to do more. More for us means Michael’s Genuine.”

Since opening in 2007, the Miami original has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Time magazine. It is a regular fixture on the Eater list of Miami’s essential eateries.

“Genuine is our heart and soul, and exists because of community,” Schwartz adds. “We couldn’t be more proud or grateful to be in the position to introduce it in Shaker Heights, where stewarding this idea matters more than anything. This is what drew us in from the get-go and will continue to motivate the experience manifested there for our guests.”

Michael’s Genuine is adored for its fresh, seasonal cooking and warm hospitality. An open kitchen, raw bar and conspicuous produce pantry provide drama to the high-energy dining room. A wood-burning oven turns out fire-roasted whole fish, whole chicken and seasonal vegetables. Also on the menu are pizzas so good that they spawned a separate restaurant concept, the aforementioned Michael’s Genuine Pizza.

"We believe in the power of a great, wholesome food to create neighborhood and that essential energy that makes a place feel irresistible and people feel comfortable," says Jon Ratner, principal of Van Aken District. "Few chefs around the country do this at the level of Michael and his team and we are really happy to be able to call his namesake our home, too. The food he brings to the table is about more than simply great taste. It's a welcoming culture of sharing a table with purpose – a feeling we have in common at The Van Aken District and greater Shaker Heights."

To learn more about the Van Aken District, including the soon-to-open food and drink hub Market Hall, check out this feature

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

First End Hunger in Lakewood Day to Take Place Nov. 10

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 4:22 PM

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On Saturday November 10, 2018, three dozen Lakewood restaurants and food retailers will donate 10 percent of their day’s food sales to benefit Lakewood Community Services Center (LCSC). Founded in 1982, LCSC provides emergency food to the hungry through its pantry as well as door-to-door delivery of food to seniors.

Organized by Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt Bar and Grilled, this community-wide effort will make a huge impact on the amount of food that LCSC will be able to provide to thousands of hungry Lakewood residents.

“I am honored to be part of this amazing restaurant community,” says Fish. “Learning that 14 percent of Lakewood’s population lives at or below the poverty line and relies on receiving emergency food came as a shock and compelled me to reach out to my colleagues to help in any way we can.”

To help, simply visit one or more of the 36 participating locations listed below on Saturday, November 10th.

“In the 10 years I have had the privilege of heading the organization, one thing has been clear: Lakewood is a community that is committed to taking care of its own,” says Trish Rooney, LCSC’s executive director. “We are fortunate to receive county funding for food, support from United Way of Greater Cleveland and help from local retailers, individuals and churches who regularly donate to us. But this outpouring of support from the culinary community will allow us to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, which are critical to the health and well being of the members of the community who rely on us for food.”

Put one or more of these restaurants on your must-visit list for Saturday, November 10th.

Aladdin’s Eatery
Around the Corner
Barrio
Blackbird Baking Company
Cleveland Vegan
Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar
Dewey’s Pizza
Fear’s Confections
Forage Public House
Georgetown
Greek Village Grille
Gray Dog Diner
Harlow’s Pizza
Harry Buffalo
Humble Wine Bar
Ice Cream Joy
India Garden
LBM
Little Lakewood Pasta Company
Mad Mac’s
Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Melt Bar and Grilled
Rood Food & Pie
Salt+
Sarita a Restaurant
SouperMarket
Sweet Amelia’s
Taco Tonto
Thai Thai
The Root Café
Vosh
Woodstock BBQ
Yuzu

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Rood Food and Pie Now Open in Lakewood

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 2:10 PM

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Update: It's been a year and a half since we first wrote about Brian Ruthsatz' plans to open Rood Food and Pie in the West Madison district of Lakewood. Well, the doors finally have swung open. Management hopes that guests will be patient during this "soft open" period while they "work through operational hiccups."

Here's the original story from March, 2017.

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Brian Ruthsatz is a Cleveland native who’s been itching to get back into the restaurant game since his days as an operator in Chicago. He’ll do just that come June, when Rood Food and Pie (17001 Madison Ave., 216-712-4506) opens in the West Madison neighborhood of Lakewood.

“We’re on the far west end of Madison; we’re pioneers,” he says. “A lot of people don’t even know this area exists, but hopefully we’ll change that. We’re hoping to create a space with a great feel and atmosphere, good service and, of course, really great food.”

When we spoke, Ruthsatz was on an R&D trip with his chef, Mark Wilson, in the artsy Wynwood district of Miami. The eclectic cafes and restaurants of that neighborhood offer just the sort of funky vibe that the owner intends to introduce to his little patch of the city.

“We want to take food that’s been out there for a while and challenge it,” he says. “We’ll start with a small, concise menu and grow with the neighborhood.”

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Rood Food will be an all-day café that straddles the line between breakfast and dinner, sweet and savory, classic and contemporary. What attracted Ruthsatz to this particular piece of property – a 3,000-square-foot double storefront – was the roomy back area that will serve as the on-site bakery. Up front, the dining room will seat about 90 guests.

In the morning, Rood will serve light breakfasts of coffee, espresso and tea with pastries, overnight oats, scotch eggs, and pie. Lunch might feature biscuits, savory chicken potpies with fresh herbs, and smashed toasts creamed with avocado, basil-tomatoes and/or meats.

Dinner will offer small plates like build-your-own slider flights on house-baked rolls, “Where the bread is just as important as the protein inside.” Items like refried jerk chicken, brisket and sloppy tofu will be paired with fresh-baked milk bread rolls or punchy curry rolls.

A handful of mains might include American barbecue, grilled homemade sausages, shrimp with toasted pasta.

“The other piece of this, obviously, is the pie,” says Ruthsatz. “We want people to segue into pie. When you talk about pie, people smile.”

An in-house pastry chef will put a modern spin on classic pie recipes.

“We want to challenge some classic pie recipes. There’s some really fun stuff out there right now.”

A few seasonal options might include peach with a green tea crust, blueberry chamomile, apple with Ohio maple syrup, and lemon meringue with a raspberry bottom. Salt and Honey features light and dark honey custard and is served with a small vial of bee pollen.

“When you sprinkle it on top, it gives the pie a really great salty, butterscotch finish to it,” says Ruthsatz. “We want the food to be social.”

Pies will also be sold at retail.

As for the unconventional name, the owner explains that “rood” means red in Dutch, and is often used in conjunction with fruits like raspberries, strawberries and currents.

“We were looking for a fun, bold, in-your-face name,” he says.

Look for Rood Food and Pie to open this June.

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Cleveland Independents Restaurant Week is Happening Now through Nov. 16

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 12:47 PM

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Let this serve as a reminder that right now, literally dozens of independent Cleveland restaurants are offering sweet deals on grub. From now through November 16, those participating restaurants are offering a can't-miss deal: three-course prix fixe menus for $33, plus tax and tip, of course.

On the roster are places like Chinato, Flying Fig, Fire, Astoria, Batuqui, Bruno's, Edwins, Hyde Park, Marotta's, Moxie, Nighttowm, Pier W, Paladar, Sarita, Taste, Trio and many, many more.

For a complete list of participating eateries, including links to menus and reservations services, check out Cleveland Independents

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