New Restaurants Love Strongsville
A bunch have opened, and another is looking here
Sure, people complain about what's NOT in Strongsville, but there's no denying the town has been a hotspot for new restaurants in the last year or two.
"We have a nice group of restaurants that have moved into town recently," Economic Development Director Brent Painter noted.
Rosewood Grill, located at the Plaza at SouthPark, is the latest. But if you go back over the last two years, it's surprising how many new eateries -- for dinner or dessert -- have opened in town.
And another dinner spot might be coming. Painter said he has been contacted by a realtor representing "a nice restaurant" that is considering moving to Strongsville.
He can't reveal details, but called it "an upscale restaurant that is looking at the community."
Some other restaurants are now under construction or in the planning stages.
• Rosewood Grill opened in August in the Plaza at SouthPark. Owned by Hospitality Restaurants, it is modeled after the Rosewood Grill in Hudson. Its sister restaurants are Cabin Club (Westlake), Salmon Dave’s (Rocky River), Blue Point Grille (downtown’s Warehouse District), Thirsty Parrot (Gateway District) and Delmonico’s Steakhouse (Independence).
• The Barking Bullfrog, a family oriented bar and grill, opened in June in the former Video Express store at Bennett's Corners. It is owned by Jay Bloesinger, who also owns the adjacent Master Italian Pizzaria.
• Chick-fil-A has been filling a fast-food void on Royalton Road since January.
• Rockne's built a restaurant on Royalton Road at the Plaza at SouthPark that opened in October 2011.
• Michael Symon's B Spot has been a popular destination in The Greens of Strongsville since April 2011.
• Yogurt Vi opened this spring in The Greens of Strongsville.
• La Kabob Lebanese Grill opened in May 2011 on Pearl Road.
• Great Bear Mountain Pie is coming in September to SouthPark Mall. It will be the first restaurant of its kind, featuring grilled pocket sandwiches -- a high-end version of the "mountain pies" campers make over an open fire.
• Old Carolina Barbecue is renovating part of the former Bally's building on Pearl Road into a sit-down and take-out restaurant. It plans to open this fall.
• Blue Banyon, a wine bar and 50-seat small-plate restaurant, is seeking to open next to A Taste of Excellence on Pearl Road.
• O'Charley's has said it wants to build a restaurant on Pearl Road near Whitney Road. The company submitted a request for rezoning last month.
• A takeout restaurant called Little Hong Kong is seeking permission to open in part of the former Hobby Town store on Pearl Road. It was dealt a setback last week when the Planning Commission said it couldn't provide enough parking to operate with seating, but left the door open for it to return as a takeout-only restaurant.