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GUEST POST: Keep Cleveland’s authentic food establishments alive!

As the country gradually reopens and we take the first steps out of our homes to congregate in groups and socialize (following current distancing guidelines, of course), what’s the first thing you want to do? First thing on my list is (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: Omar McKay of Irie Jamaican Kitchen

At Irie Jamaican Kitchen, the island vibes and “jah-potle” goodness are in full force on any given day. So when Governor Mike DeWine announced that all restaurants and bars would close to in-house patrons on March 15, owner Omar McKay’s world (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: David Ina of Zaytoon Lebanese Kitchen

Does quarantine have you craving the comforts of homemade shawarma or fresh baklava? If so, you’re in luck. David Ina, owner of Zaytoon Lebanese Kitchen, is safely providing his customers with authentic Lebanese food, whether dining on the newly reopened patio (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: Tammy Phillip of Wine Down & Sweets

If your creature comforts during the pandemic have included chocolate, wine, or sweets, chances are Strongsville-based Wine Down & Sweets may already be on your speed dial. During the COVID-19 crisis, the café-bakery-wine bar has been offering “Wine Plus” packages filled (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: Brandon Chrostowski of EDWINS

Not even a global pandemic can break EDWINS’ stride. According to owner Brandon Chrostowski, sales at EDWINS are up 52% and the restaurant is “busier now than ever before.” Part of the success can be attributed to EDWINS popular “4 for (Read more)

Restaurant Reopening Diaries: Zack Bruell of L’Albatros, Parallax, and Alley Cat Oyster Bar

A flurry of social media shots depicted popular Cleveland restaurants with packed patios this weekend—prompting heated debates about the importance of social distancing and a restaurant’s role in enforcing it. When three of Zack Bruell’s restaurants reopen this Friday, May 22, (Read more)

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