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September 2009

The Experience
  • Arrested to Support a Cause
    Sister Diana Therese Pinchot
    Sister Diane Therese Pinchot was arrested during an annual protest at the U.S. Army base in Fort Benning, Ga. El Salvadoran National Guardsmen trained there murdered and raped three nuns and a missionary in 1980, including Pinchot’s friend, Dorothy Kazel.
A la Carte
  • News Bites
    Divine Reinvention
    After closing his namesake Valley View restaurant this year and battling through a spring cancer diagnosis, Dante Boccuzzi plans to return to the dining scene on Sept. 15. He’ll reopen a more intimate version of Dante in Tremont with a similar, seasonally driven menu, a strong list of 50 wines under $50, plus on-site parking. And best of all, he’ll do it cancer-free, getting the all-clear from his doctors in July. “The menu is going to be very similar to what it was, but with new creations, dishes you don’t see anywhere else in Cleveland,” Boccuzzi says. “The goal is to have great food at a great price. I want it to become a neighborhood place where people can come frequently.” While his Sushi Blues Nights won’t be coming back at Dante, Boccuzzi will do one better this winter: He’s planning to open a sushi bar called Ginkou in the basement of the building.

    Bodega is Back
    After a Jefferson Avenue house fire and explosion caused it to close, La Bodega is back in business. The Tremont sandwich shop suffered mostly water damage to its upstairs, but nothing a fresh coat of paint and some new flooring couldn’t fix, says La Bodega’s Christine Forrell.

    Outside the Box
    The folks over at Lilly Handmade Chocolates sure are sweet on the environment. For $50 you can purchase one of their new Eco-Lilly Boxes, a handcrafted and highly sustainable bamboo box created by local artist Freddy Hill in a natural, pink or black finish. It comes filled with 14 truffles of your choice. Then, for the rest of your life, you can bring that box back and load it with 14 more truffles for the price of 12. So you pay $22 instead of $25.90 — forever. “We wanted to do something eco-friendly, because the food-miles on chocolate are some of the longest food-miles of anything we eat. It’s not local at all,” says owner Joshua Montague. “We wanted to do something to replace that energy. And we go through a lot of boxes here.” Only downside: Just one refill per visit.

    Beach Grillin’
    The Beach Club Bistro now has a sister restaurant in Concord: Owners Greg Jurcisin and Michael Jurcisin have opened the Beach Club Grill in the spot that once housed Epiq Bistro. “We are extremely pleased with the response we’ve received to the opening of this location,” says Greg Jurcisin. Former Bistro chef David Hopkins will man the kitchen at the 60-seat restaurant, so look for some Beach Club Bistro favorites to make their way farther east.

    Dig In
    Shovels have finally hit the dirt on Hospitality Restaurants’ newest addition in Hudson. The group announced plans to renovate the former Inn at Turner’s Mill late last year and estimate another four months before it’s ready to open. There’s still no word on a name or concept.

    La Bodega, 869 Jefferson Ave., Cleveland, (216) 621-7075

    Beach Club Grill, 16300 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, (216) 226-0056
    Behans Pub & Restaurant, 75 Public Square, Cleveland, (216) 621-1085
    Tuscany at the Hamptons, 27040 Cedar Road, Woodmere, (216) 591-1760

    Juniper Grille, 1332 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland
Arts and Entertainment
  • Rock This Way
    Lynne Thompson
    Despite numerous setbacks, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says the legendary band is ready to give fans a whole new experience.
  • Beach Buzz
    Faith Hampton
    From Laughing Sal to Rocket Ships, the sights, sounds and tastes of Euclid Beach Park will be revived this month to mark the 40th anniversary of the beloved landmark’s closing.
  • Happening Places
    Lindsey Hoeppner
    Terry Schwarz's Pop Up City concept is already an intriguing way to reinvent the vacant urban spaces. She's hoping it'll be much more.
  • Generation Gap
    Andy Netzel
    They are part of what has been described as America’s most hopeful, technologically dependent and heavily parented generation. Eighteen months in the lives of three Lincoln-West High School students show why it’s different to be a Millennial in one of the nation’s poorest cities.
  • Humor Hits
    John Hitch
    While you can check out Cleveland's funniest tour guide at the Comedy Festival, there are other comedians who will leave you in hysterics, including a loudmouth, a tough chick, and a slacker.
  • More Than a Homework Assignment
    Colleen Mytnick
    How a 10-minute documentary by an Akron native turned into a film showcasing the early years of LeBron James and his high school teammates.
  • People's Choice
    Kathleen Corlett
    From heading to Severance Hall to hear the Cleveland Orchestra to a one-day event filled with local artists, Clevelanders give us their picks on what you can’t miss this fall.
  • Roots Music
    Matt Tulis
    The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach branches out.
  • Fade Route
    Michael D. Roberts
    Forty-five years ago, the Cleveland Browns won the city’s last major professional sports championship.
  • Shoe Stopper
    Kristin Majcher
    With the debut of its third location, Next boutique has evolved from unique sneakers to high-end fashions.

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