Hello! I am finally back in Cleveland after three months in Sydney, Australia where I have brought back some wonderful inspiration. I figured I should post an update about earlier mentions of The Flaming Ice Cube so here goes….
When I first invited the owners of Flaming Ice Cube to swing over from Youngstown to have a tour downtown Cleveland and its adjacent neighborhoods in the hope of inspiring the opening of a new location, I knew that our city was lacking an exclusive vegan cafe like the cube and I knew that there was a large vegetarian/vegan population in Cleveland/N.E. Ohio. But, the amount of potential support, versus available exclusive choices was lopsided.
I found this lack of choice and representation of this marvelous food to be a big disappointment; especially in an area supposedly evolving into a culinary haven. Hence was my motivation to get owners Michelle and John to come and check out the opportunities that could be presented to them.
I have been a long time customer of the cube–and its unique eclectic gift shop at their flagship restaurant in Youngstown (Boardman) and I can say with utmost confidence that it is a first class establishment offering unique, fresh and healthy and satisfying food alternatives.
While touring the city last September, we viewed many potential places and I was scheduled to meet with Jesee Howells, manager at The Park Building later in the day for a potential site of a new cafe… and how the day went mighty fast. So fast that we almost took a raincheck on checking out The Park Building for a the possible spot.
Needless to say, I am glad I decided to call Jesee and complete what we had originally planned to do—because—as fate has it, a new cube will be opening soon at The Park Building. The Howells have been very accommodating and essential in making this a reality. This was a great example of how networking can lead to good things happening…or tasty ones too! I hope that the downtown community will welcome this new establishment with open arms.
Home made baked goods, soups, coffees and teas, and a variety of other great vegan fare will certainly aim to please. But, remember…. you do not have to be vegetarian or vegan to enjoy this place; it is for everyone who just wants good food. So, let’s show our support and appreciation for this original kind of place—The Flaming Ice Cube—soon to open at The Park Building! I think we’re all in for a real treat! Welcome to Downtown Cleveland!
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