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Friday, January 18, 2019

Jeni’s Ice Cream in Chagrin Falls to Open at 9 a.m. on February 2 for Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 4:06 PM

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Ice cream is such good stuff, why the hell not eat it for breakfast? On Feb. 2, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Chagrin Falls will open at 9 a.m., so you can indulge and have a few scoops of Banana French Toast, the special flavor that the place is whipping up for the event.

The shop will also serve coffee, and 100 percent of all profits will go to She Should Run. A nonprofit committed to getting at least 250,000 women to run for office by 2030, the organization’s mission is to “expand the talent pool of women running and to give equal opportunity to women of all political leanings, ethnicities and backgrounds.”

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Watch Party Planned for Upcoming 'The Zimmern List' Cleveland Episode

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 2:15 PM

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Andrew Zimmern, a man known for eating any number of bizarre foods, recently made a stop in Cleveland for his newish Travel Channel show The Zimmern List.

In honor of the episode airing Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m., Terrestrial Brewing in Battery Park has teamed up with the folks at Saucisson for a watch/brunch party that day at 10 a.m.

The brunch menu includes: Carnitas Chilequiles, Chorizo Gravy & Biscuits, Breakfast Tacos, Frenchie (cinnamon & orange infused pan fried bread pudding). And all of that can be washed down with a pint or two of Terrestrial beer. And starts at $11 per dish.

Expect the fresh Zimmern episode to feature some of Cleveland's favorite restaurants and food stops, including Mabel's BBQ, West Side Market, Edwin's and Trentina (which unfortunately has just closed).

Find out more about the event right here.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

'Lucky Number 10' for Yours Truly: Next Up, Solon

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 2:13 PM

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“Today, on the day of this announcement, we are celebrating 38 years,” says Larry Shibley, Chairman of the Board of Yours Truly Restaurants. “I’m guessing that we’re the oldest ongoing local chain.”

Shop number one opened in Beachwood on this day 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 years ago, the company opened its first urban location in the historic Halle Building (1228 Euclid Ave.) downtown.

“This is lucky number 10,” Shibley says, referring to the new Solon restaurant, which will open sometime this year. “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 location is the former Donatos Pizza (6141 Kruse Dr.), a 5,000-square-foot building that will undergo 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,” adds Shibley. “This one will be along those lines, but with many enhancements and tweaks.”

The larger footprint will accommodate approximately 150 seats. There will be a large indoor-outdoor bar attached to an all-seasons patio. A designated vehicle pick-up window will make take-out a breeze. Down the road, there are plans to install a kiosk at which customers can place an order and wait for it to be prepared. Also, a “bag and dine” system will allow guests to order in advance so that when they arrive, they can grab their food, sit down, and enjoy it immediately.

Shibley says that it’s too soon to deliver any precise completion dates.

“It’s a big project,” he admits.

Meanwhile, following a significant expansion and renovation project in Chagrin Falls, that restaurant continues to exceed expectations.

“It’s doing phenomenal,” reports Shibley. “It’s now the lead store of the company, probably a 45-percent increase.”

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Another Charity Bar Crawl is Headed to Tremont, But This One's 'The Office' Themed

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 2:31 PM

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Since 2013, A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter has been dedicated to granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder.

On March 9, the nonprofit will throw a Tremont bar crawl themed after The Office, the TV show that starred Steve Carell as Michael Scott, the dim-witted boss of a paper company.

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at Tremont bars and restaurants including Barrio, Treehouse, Crust, Coda, Hi and Dry and the South Side. Additional locations will be announced. Each participating bar will feature themed drink specials and décor.

Crawlers will participate in a scavenger hunt, and those who successfully complete the scavenger hunt will receive a World’s Best Boss special edition mug.

“This bar crawl provides us with a fun and innovative way to engage with our community while raising funds for Northeast Ohio wish kiddos who have life threatening diseases. We are honored that the businesses in the Tremont community are contributing to granting wishes for local kiddos," says A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter Executive Director Eileen Lane.

Tickets are $25. Participants will receive a commemorative sweatshirt and a crawl passport for route maps and exclusive drink specials.

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Sittoo's, the Fast-Casual Version of Aladdin's, to Open in Playhouse Square

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 10:43 AM

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Fady and Sally Chamoun opened their first Aladdin's Eatery in 1994. Since then, they've grown the operation to 40 locations in four states.

The restaurant group also offers a higher-end Middle Eastern dining experience at two Taza locations in Woodmere (28601 Chagrin Blvd., 216-464-4000) and downtown (1400 W. 6th St., 216-274-1170).

And they unveiled a quicker-paced fast-casual Lebanese option called Sittoo's, with locations in Parma (5870 Ridge Rd., 440-885-2525) and North Olmsted (24930 Lorain Rd., 440-716-8755).

For Sittoo's third location, Chamoun has chosen downtown Cleveland.

"Sittoo's is similar to Aladdin's, but the food is lighter with smaller portions, but also lower priced, with an average of $4-5," Chamoun explains.

Despite the fast-casual setup, the menu size and food quality are consistent with what diners have come to expect from Aladdin's.

All the classics are here, from hummus, baba and tabbouleh starters, to fattoush, shawarma and shish tawook salads. Rolled pita sandwiches are stuffed with falafel, chicken shawarma, spicy kafta and grilled beef tenderloin. Entrees starring those same items along with rice, salad and pita are also available.

The new downtown location (1350 Euclid Ave.), which should open its doors sometime in February, is in Playhouse Square, in the former home of Raving Med.

"We turned the whole place around," Chamoun notes. "It's going to be really cute, like going into somebody's living room or kitchen."

The relaxed, casual eatery will have couches and communal seating.

"I think Playhouse Square and Cleveland State needed us in there," says Chamoun. "They needed some good food."

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Popular E. 185th Street Restaurant the Standard Sold to New Owner

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 2:09 PM

After five years, partners Chris Hammer and Matt Quinn are selling the Standard (779 E 185th St., 216-531-9463), a popular anchor in the E. 185th Street community. The gastro-tavern got off to a strong start thanks to opening chef Tim Bando, who left to open Grove Hill in Chagrin Falls.

“We’ve been looking for a buyer for a while and just couldn’t find anyone that we thought could take the Standard to the next level,” Hammer explains. “We found that in Said. People have every reason to be excited about the move.”

For a decade, Said Ouaddaadaa owned and operated Bodega (1854 Coventry Rd., 216-932-3062) on Coventry. He sold that business last year so he could travel and recharge.

“I always promised myself that I would take a year off to travel,” Ouaddaadaa says. “After 30 years in this business, I needed it.”

Ouaddaadaa said that an accidental meeting between him and Hammer just four months ago set the wheels in motion.

“I mentioned to Chris that I was looking for a new place.” says Ouaddaadaa. “I’ve looked at a lot of different spaces, but nothing really excited me. To be honest, I almost didn’t even look at it because I knew so little about the neighborhood. But I really love the clientele, love the atmosphere, and the community.”

After the transfer goes through this week, guests will begin to see some gradual tweaks to the interior to make it feel more like a restaurant than a bar. High-tops will be swapped out for tables and chairs. Tablecloths and wine glasses will appear on tables. The wine and cocktail lists will expand. And, of course, the menu will be adjusted.

“We’re keeping like 70-percent of the menu,” the new owner promises. But new appetizers, entrees and house specialties with French and Moroccan influence will be added.

Live music will become a regular occurrence and come spring, the patio will be expanded and improved.

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Slyman's Tavern is Coming to Avon, Public Records Confirm

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 11:04 AM

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Cleveland's famed corned beef emporium Slyman's is making moves to expand once more. This time, the sandwich shop is taking its talents to Avon, at least according to public records obtained by showing a property on Nagel Road was purchased by the company.

While no official construction plans have been shown to Avon's Planning Commission, the purchase all but confirms the rumor that Slyman's Tavern is coming to Avon.

As anyone who enjoys their corned beef piled 6-inches high between slices of rye bread knows, their are already two tavern locations in Beachwood and Independence along with the original Slyman's Restaurant on St. Clair in Cleveland.

It's unclear when the Avon tavern location would open, but no doubt sandwich lovers will be ready when it does.  

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