Sunday, December 2, 2012
Here's what happened in Strongsville in the last few days
A wrap-up of top Strongsville Patch headlines this week: Earth Fare in jeopardy? -- The healthy grocery store announced it had signed a lease, but has made no move to renovate the former Borders store. Old Carolina delayed -- The barbecue restaurant missed the Dec. 1 opening it had hoped for. Police warn of pickpockets -- So far, one incident has been reported, but certain people will be vulnerable this holiday season. School bond issue passes -- It's still subject to a recount next week, but with all the ballots tallied, Issue 116 has been approved by a narrow margin. Mike Dovilla re-elected -- It's also subject to a recount, but the new vote count shows the incumbent 7th District state rep has retained his seat.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Old Carolina Barbecue finishing up renovations at Pearl Road site
Old Carolina Barbecue is planning to open for busness the last week of November, company officials said. Ray Hull, general manager of the Strongsville store, said he believes renovation of the space -- part of the former Bally's building at 14783 Pearl Road -- will be done before Dec. 1. "We want to get the holiday traffic," Hull said. "We'll be open in time to sell gift cards for the holidays." It will be the seventh Old Carolina location and the second in Cuyahoga County, following the opening of a store in Legacy Village in May. The store is now accepting applications online at jobsbbq.com. Old Carolina has "barbecue inspired by the Carolinas," its website says. It offers dine-in and take-out, with a menu that includes ribs, chicken, …
Saturday, March 24, 2012
It seems Strongsville's kids aren't a mac-and-cheese crowd
Gran Fiesta is the Readers' Choice for the best family-friendly restaurant in Strongsville. The Mexican restaurant received 19 percent of the vote in our poll this week. Second, with 16 percent, was Rockne's. We gave readers nine choices, based on nominations and our own selections. TGI Fridays finished fourth with 7 percent of the vote; tied for third, each receiving 6 percent of the vote, were Applebees and DC Pasta Company. Gourme, Olympia and Goldie's also received votes. We didn't include fast-food restaurants in the list of choices, but one reader nominated Chick-fil-A. "Chick-fil-A is a favorite in our house," the reader wrote. "You can't go wrong with a friendly staff, balloons, disposable place mats and of course the slide!"
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Where's the best place in Strongsville to celebrate the luck of the Irish?
The jolly green holiday known as St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, and we've got a poll with your name all over it. We want to know the best place in Strongsville to rock around the shamrock patch on St. Patrick's Day. The winner will be chosen Friday at 5 p.m., and announced Saturday morning, just in time for you to choose your libation destination. Whether it's eating reubens at McCarthy's Ale House, drinking craft Irish ales at The Brew Kettle or getting your bagpipe on at Mulligan's Bar 'n Grille, there's plenty to do in Strongsville. But, seriously, where's the best?
Friday, March 2, 2012
See if your choice got the most votes in our poll
So where's the beef? At B Spot. Michael Symon's restaurant at the Greens of Strongsville snared first place in our Best Burger competition, narrowly beating Five Guys Burgers and Fries. "Does drooling on plate give you an idea how good they are?" wrote Marge Pauch, who picked B Spot over 13 other contenders. "It's amazing what a genius like Michael Symon can do with something as simple as a burger," agreed Michelle Norton. Final results show B Spot snared 36 votes, while Five Guys got 27. "Made with the toppings you want except doneness is always medium well. Too bad since the meat is exceptional but the flavor is cooked out. Great value, fast service and all the peanuts you can eat," one reader commented about Five Guys. Other results: …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Casual eatery is at the Plaza at SouthPark
The new Rockne's on Royalton Road at the Plaza at SouthPark has opened for business. Dan Mazzola, who owns the Rockne's in Stow, had promised to have the new restaurant open by the end of the month. It is the 11th Rockne's in northeast Ohio. It has seating for 200 and in the spring will open an outdoor patio with a heated floor. Next door, the Chick-fil-A now under construction is expected to open Jan. 5.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Exterior is done, but work is still going on inside
The new Rockne's restaurant being constructed on Royalton Road in front of the Plaza at SouthPark will open in late October or early November, according to owner Scott Brown. Brown said construction is still going on inside the 6,649-square-foot eatery. "It looks like it's ready, but it's not," said Brown, who also owns a Rockne's in North Canton. "You have to walk inside -- then you can see it's clearly not ready." Rockne's calls itself a fun, casual restaurant with a large selection of menu items, including sandwiches, burgers, steaks, pasta and salads. Strongsville will be the 11th location for the northeast Ohio regional chain. The newest restaurant will have seating for 200 plus an outdoor patio that will be heated from the floor up…
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Chain of eateries eyeing location at Pearl and Whitney
A Nashville, TN-based chain of restaurants is seeking to locate at the corner of Pearl and Whitney roads. O'Charley's applied for a liquor permit for 9194 Pearl Rd., which appears to be the vacant lot on the west side of Pearl, across from Mad Cactus and next to the former Quality Catering, which is at 9200 Pearl Rd. UPDATE: City officials learned that the address on the application is incorrect. Two numbers were transposed; with the actual location at 9149 Pearl Rd., in front of Lowe's. The application has been withdrawn for the time being. The eatery describes itself as a fun, casual-dining family restaurant that is known for its fresh-from-the-oven rolls. It also offers steaks, chicken, salads and desserts, as well as a Sunday brunch. …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Eatery opened to headlines, closed quietly five months later
Inside Palate Restaurant and Lounge, the tables are set for dinner service. But it's been months since any hungry patrons have ordered from the eclectic menu, and chef and owner Jeff Jarrett has been working at another restaurant since June 18. A sign on the window of the restaurant, 12214 Pearl Rd., says the business is temporarily closed for reorganization. But the last time the Palate posted anything on its Facebook page was May 23. Jarrett told Scene Magazine in June that he left Palate because he wasn't getting the support he needed from investors. He is now the executive chef at AMP 150 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott Hotel. Jarrett could not be reached for comment. The city's Building Department had no updates on the site this …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Councilman asks city to relax rules on clambakes, Oktoberfests for eateries
If a Strongsville restaurant wants to have an outdoor festival -- a two-day Mexican fiesta, say, or a clambake -- it's out of luck. The city doesn't allow it. But Councilman at large Joe DeMio is asking city administrators to change the law to give restaurants a chance -- once a year only -- to have a special outdoor event. "I've had two calls, and I've had to say no because there's no ordinance on our books," DeMio said. Mayor Tom Perciak said the city gets frequent requests from businesses, including Westfield SouthPark mall, for outdoor festivals. "We don't want carnival rides there," Perciak said. "It's a place of business." And Assistant Law Director Dan Kolick said he fears the city would then have to open up the option to all city …