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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Down & Aroundtown Neighborhood Feature: Tremont

Do you need to update your Spring wardrobe?  Shop Tremont for all of the latest styles! It’s no surprise that Tremont is a go-to style headquarters for some of Cleveland’s trendiest dressers.  Fashionista favorite boutique Banyan Tree (2242 Professor Ave.) continues to offer its eclectic mix of men’s and women’s fashions, jewelry and housewares, while [...]

Cabernet & Chocolate Pairing Evening, at Phoenix West 9th

CHOCOLATE & WINE LOVERS UNITE Local Phoenix Coffee and Constantino’s Market are partnering to Kickoff New Phoenix B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own) Events: Phoenix After Dark. Celebrate by Candlelight in Cleveland’s Historic Warehouse District. For the first time, coffee purveyors Phoenix Coffee located at 1300 W. 9th Street, turn the lights down low to bring you [...]

Construction begins on Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Cleveland: A ground-breaking ceremony for the Greater Cleveland Aquarium took place last week  in the historic Powerhouse at the Nautica Entertainment Complex to officially announce construction of the new world-class aquarium. The festivities included Mayor Frank Jackson and private partners of the project joining together to create a 7-foot logo for the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Partners in the Greater Cleveland [...]

Restaurant Week Chef Profile: Daniel Cassano, Sushi Rock

Daniel Cassano has satisfied the appetites of Clevelanders for more than eight years. He is the mastermind behind a continuously evolving menu at Sushi Rock and the Executive Chef for all of its operations. At a glance, one can say Cassano has a pretty full plate.

But, he is still hungry.

A graduate of Johnson and Wales in Providence, R.I., and one of the finest young chefs in the region, Cassano is still searching for the perfect ingredients. At the end of last year, this ongoing quest led him to Hawaii, where he negotiated a contract to bring fresh tuna to his restaurants less than 23 hours after it is caught. No warehouses. No middle-men. Sushi from the sea and rock from the earth. That, according to Cassano, is what Sushi Rock is all about.

Forest City Completes Lease Agreement With Rock Ohio Caesars Cleveland to House Phase I of a New Casino in Downtown Cleveland’s Higbee Building

Forest City Enterprises, Inc., (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) today announced the signing of a lease agreement with Rock Ohio Caesars Cleveland LLC for space in the Higbee Building in downtown Cleveland. Rock Ohio Caesars will use the space for Phase I of its new Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. The Higbee Building is part of Forest City’s Tower City Center mixed-use property.

Restaurant Week Chef Profile: JR Grady, Fat Fish Blue

Five years ago, love brought a talented young chef to Cleveland. Today, thousands of diners at Fat Fish Blue in Downtown Cleveland have fallen in love with Southern transplant and master showman, JR Grady.

Gulf Coast born and raised, Gary “JR” Grady Jr. spent his early years sautéing up and down the Gulf Coast from local BBQ houses to high profile kitchens like The Riverhouse in New Orleans, La., and Hank’s Seafood in Charleston, S.C.. To augment his real life experience and expand his fundamentals, Grady attended Johnson & Wales University, a culinary school in Charleston. After graduating summa cum laude, Grady decided to try his hand on a different coast. So, he joined his new bride on the north coast…aka Cleveland.

Servers Race to Bring Home the Glory (and the Trophy) for Their Restaurant

Servers and hosts of Downtown Cleveland restaurants will battle it out while competing in the Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s (DCA) Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week kickoff relay.
Teams from six area restaurants, including Fat Fish Blue, Zócalo, Chocolate Bar, House of Blues, Tower 230and John Q’s Steakhouse, will show off their serving skills as they race against the clock. Each team will fill and then balance cups of water on server trays as they try to be the first to fill up their water pitchers.

MCPc signs lease to move its headquarters

Last December MCPc, Inc. signed a ten-year, 98,000-square-foot lease to move its corporate headquarters to 1801 Superior Ave., in downtown Cleveland. The technology products and solutions provider plans to move from their current location in Strongsville, Ohio, during the summer of 2011. “Now that our relocation plans are official, we are focused on the next [...]

GCP/COSE to move to PlayhouseSqaure

Last week,  The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and COSE announced their plans to relocate their 100 employees from the Higbee Building to PlayhouseSquare to make way for the new Cleveland casino. While the casino certainly will be a new attraction to Public Square, the GCP/COSE move will give a significant boost to PlayhouseSquare’s ongoing efforts to diversify [...]

A.J. Celebrezze Federal Building Renovation

At a press conference last month, the design for the renovation of the A.J. Celebrezze Federal Building was revealed by the U.S. General Services Administration, current administers of the building. The $121 million plan, funded by federal stimulus money, will wrap the 32-story tower in a new outer skin of glass and aluminum which is [...]

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