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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Prosperity Social Club’s Annual Prohibition Repeal Party to Kick Off on Dec. 5

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 9:29 AM

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We weren't alive in December of 1933, but we can only imagine the jubilation felt around the country after the ratification of the 21st Amendment put a stop to Prohibition and ended a 13-year “noble experiment” that criminalized the production, sale and transport of alcohol.

From 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Dec. 5, Prosperity Social Club will commemorate the event with a party that extends into the weekend. The Tremont restaurant and bar will feature Prohibition-era-inspired food and drink specials. The opening night party includes a Hooch Happy Hour that includes $2 off speakeasy drinks.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Now Open: Gually's Bakery & Restaurant

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2019 at 12:41 PM

  • Douglas Trattner
We can now add Gually’s Bakery & Restaurant (6201 Denison Ave., 216-862-1441) to the growing selection of quick-serve Puerto Rican delis and bakeries in Cleveland's Tremont, Clark Fulton and Stockyards neighborhoods. Gually's joins relative newcomers like Panaderia Las Villas & Deli (3216 W. 41 St., 216-651-9610), Rincon Criollo Take 2 (7403 Denison Ave., 216-331-4525) and Caribe Bake Shop (2906 Fulton Rd., 216-281-8194), which relocated two years back into a new building on the same property.

Like the others, Gually’s Bakery offers walk-up counter service and a small dining room in which to sit and eat. This deli offers a combination of prepared foods, foods cooked to order, pastries and coffee. More than a dozen sandwiches, including hot-pressed Cubanos and Tripletas, join hearty combination plates that include meat, rice and beans. Also on the menu are an assortment of stuffed mofongos and trifongos, a version that adds cassava and ripe plantain to the usual mash of green plantains.

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Both sweet and savory pastries, such as flaky meat-filled empanadas,  alcapurrias and rellenos, as well as authentic Puerto Rican cakes and breads, also are available.

Diners pay and wait until their name is called to retrieve their order from the counter.

Gually’s is open Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Hotspot Café is Closing in Downtown Cleveland Nov. 15

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2019 at 10:47 AM

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The "healthy, hip and wired" Hotspot Café is officially closing in downtown Cleveland next Friday.

After six years of serving up breakfast and lunch to nearby workers and visitors on 1332 Carnegie Ave., the cafe owners announced the news on Facebook (see below) earlier this morning, citing a lease expiration as the reason for the closure.

The location, which had already been home to other restaurants like Carnegie Grill, Verve and Juniper Grill, was known for meals that didn't break the bank, while offering up plenty of coffee and free internet access.

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Bloom Bakery Closing Both Locations as of Today

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2019 at 8:38 AM

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In sad news, Bloom Bakery and Towards Employment, the nonprofit that launched and operated the bakery, announced that both Bloom locations (Public Square and Campus District) will permanently close at the end of today's business day.

Bloom debuted in the spring of 2016 with a core mission of training and employing those who faced barriers to employment.

The full announcement is below.

Bloom Bakery, a social venture of Towards Employment, will close its retail locations (in Campus District and Public Square) at 4PM on Wednesday November 6. Wholesale and catering business will wrap up Friday, November 8, 2019.

Kate Terrell, Towards Employment Board President, noted: “Our primary responsibility is always to sustain Towards Employment’s critical services so we can deliver effectively on our mission. We have come to realize a more impactful way forward is to focus on Towards Employment’s mission through our core programming, leveraging other partnerships to achieve our training goals in the culinary and retail pathways.”

Jill Rizika, Towards Employment executive director, added: “Over the past years, we have learned so much, made new partnerships and increased our ability to connect more people to careers in the culinary and retail industries. We are looking forward to leveraging this acquired strength into our core business that connects over 2,000 people to careers every year.” Towards Employment’s commitment to our mission and helping individuals along their career pathways is stronger than ever.

Both Terrell and Rizika emphasized: “Our first commitment is to connect each Bloom employee to new opportunities.”

Launched in 2016 by Towards Employment, Bloom Bakery served three purposes: prepare individuals who have faced barriers to employment for a career in culinary arts; produce exceptional handcrafted baked goods; and create meaningful career opportunities for individuals beyond Bloom so the Greater Cleveland community can prosper.

In almost four years of business, Bloom has delivered on these goals. With a dedication to training, supporting, and launching employees along their career pathways, Bloom provided 90 people with training, paid internships and employment during its operation. Bloom also had a huge impact on raising awareness of the Towards Employment mission, making personal connections to the importance of creating opportunities for returning citizens and young people with barriers to employment. The food and products created at Bloom gave all of Bloom’s employees pride in their work; and retail, wholesale and catering customers reciprocated with high praise for products and service. We are so grateful to employees, funders, partners, and loyal customers for supporting Bloom Bakery.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Choolaah Indian BBQ to Open in Ohio City

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 3:10 PM

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Five years ago this month, Choolaah opened its doors in Orange Village (27100 Chagrin Blvd., 216-350-3136) unsure what the reaction would be. With the stated goal of transforming the Indian food experience, Choolaah went well beyond being simply a fast-casual provider of Indian food. They designed an entirely different model, one built on the twin pillars of high-experience and high-quality. This fine-casual operation sources great ingredients, cooks it behind glass in tandoor ovens, and dishes it all up in bright, attractive and art-filled spaces.

“We think it’s important for people to enjoy themselves,” says co-CEO Randhir Sethi. “That creates joy, that creates transformation.”

The public’s reaction, of course, has been nothing short of adoration. Since Sethi and partners Raji Sankar and James Nesbitt launched in Northeast Ohio, they have gone on to open stores in Pittsburgh and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and Sterling and Fairfax, Virginia. A sixth shop is currently under construction in Greater Pittsburgh, which is slated to open in early 2020.

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Next up for the quickly expanding brand is Ohio City. The design process is under way to transform a 3,000-square-foot space on W. 25th Street, currently home to Howard Hanna (1903 W. 25th St.) into location number seven. Projections place opening day somewhere in the fourth quarter of 2020.

“We were waiting, waiting, waiting for the right spot in Ohio City,” says Sethi, adding that many spots failed to make the grade. “We think the neighborhood is such a great fit for us because of our vegan, vegetarian and restricted-diet menu options. So many of our main menu items are built for that; we are on the forward curve for those things.”

Diners can look forward to a sharp, colorful interior outfitted with the trademark tandoor ovens, an enclosed four-season patio and an open-air patio. As at all locations, salads, bowls and wraps are built around high-quality proteins like Amish-raised chicken, Halal lamb, Faroe Islands salmon and organic, non-gmo tofu. They are topped with flavorful masalas like tikka, chickpea and lentil. They are finished with chutneys and hot sauces and sided by street snacks like crispy samosas, fresh-baked naan and refreshing mango lassis.

The company currently is developing an app to ease the order, payment and pickup process. Delivery services will be rolled out in the near future. And a grab-and-go section will offer take-and-bake entrees to be enjoyed at home.

Sethi admits that it has been hard work to get to this point, but the future has never looked brighter. The team is busy developing supply chain infrastructure that will support new stores from southern New Jersey to Columbus. Subsequent growth will focus on in-filling markets where Choolaah already has a presence, such as Pittsburgh and Cleveland, with the west side of town and Fairlawn mentioned as possible future sites.

“We want our guests to be able to enjoy Choolah within 20 to 30 minutes,” notes Sethi. “The dream is to have Choolaah in every part of the world.”

The company currently employs 250 employees and is steadily growing the team from within. All of this growth, adds Sethi, is the result of a successful launch five years ago in Orange Village.

“If Cleveland hadn’t embraced us, Choolaah wouldn’t exist,” he says. “We’re very grateful. Obviously, we didn’t know what to expect, but it was very warmly received. It was not easy in the beginning because we were figuring it out as we go and we had chosen to do a lot of bold things. But if you have the right people on the bus, they figure it out. We’ve been blessed with that.”

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Monday, November 4, 2019

All Saints Public House to Open in Former Battery Park Pub, Graffiti, Reddstone, Snickers… Space

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 11:17 AM

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Next up for the prominent Detroit Shoreway building that recently was home to Battery Park Pub, Graffiti and Reddstone will be All Saints Public House, an “Old English style neighborhood pub with good food.”

Graffiti Social Kitchen closed its doors in the Battery Park neighborhood two years ago and in its place came the Battery Park Pub, a gluten-free pub with a steampunk vibe. After changing hands this summer, the pub closed its doors for good last month.

Spokesman Steven Macecevic says that following pretty significant renovations to the interior and exterior, which will bring a completely new look and feel to the property, All Saints will open in December.

“We’re excited about this new project,” he says. “This will be completely fresh. We really want to cater to the neighborhood. There’s so much going on, so many people there. I’m pretty excited to bring something valuable to it.”

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Annual Whiskey Business Event Hits Cleveland This Friday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 11:13 AM

  • Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Scene's annual Whiskey Business event is swinging back to Cleveland this Friday.

The evening will be filled with pours of all the dark alcohol's varieties, including whiskeys, scotches, ryes and bourbons. Along with drink tastings provided by beverage experts, attendees can munch on snacks from local restaurants while listening to performances from area musicians. 

The $45 price of admission includes a commemorative taster glass plus 10 drink tickets. The cost goes up to $50 on the day of the event. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Red Space at 2400 Superior Ave.

Go to for all other information about the annual event.

To give you an idea of what you're in for, here's a look at all the beautiful people we saw at last year's Whiskey Business.

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