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Issue Date: July 2008


News Bites

Happy power hour
M. Lang Executive Attire is known for its unpretentious approach to men’s fashion — owner Michael Lang is a whiz at helping guys put together a stylish, hip look. Now he’s upping the cool factor: Lang recently unveiled a cocktail lounge inside the store. He hopes the new addition will create a more relaxing shopping atmosphere and help reinvent his 20-year-old business. “You always have to think outside of the box or you won’t survive,” he says. “I saw a good opportunity to get more people to come to Euclid [Avenue], and I took it.”

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Truffles in Tremont
Chocoholics cheered in late May when Tremont’sLilly Handmade Chocolates opened its doors. The shop, just down the street from Lucky’s, offers an assortment of hand-rolled truffles and molded chocolates with no preservatives. Owner Amanda Montague cooks up 18 flavors daily, such as the signature Lilly, a truffle born of apple, cardamom, lemongrass infusion and white chocolate ganache. Montague began her foray into chocolate after graduating from culinary school, doling out homemade treats to her family at Christmas. She was determined to open her own business, and at 25 she’s already achieved her goal with the funky, hot pink boutique she calls her “contribution to the world.” Montague named the business after her favorite flower, the tiger lily. “[Tiger lilies] are warm, happy and loving, and to me chocolate is all those things and more,” she says.

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Down on the farm
The Culinary Vegetable Institute will host its annual Food & Wine Celebration on Saturday, July 19. The event begins at 4 p.m. and will feature chefs from across the nation, as well as Cleveland culinary stars such as Jonathan Bennett, Dante Boccuzzi, Michael Symon and RachelSpieth. Tickets are $165 per person. Call (419) 499-7500, ext. 119, orvisit veggieu.org for more information.

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Made in the shade
Two downtown destinations are debuting patios this season.Constantino’s Market in the Warehouse District was set to open a 30-table patio at press time. “We want to create a patio that’s like a garden, with hanging baskets and flowers,” explains owner Costas Mavromichalis. “It’ll be a gathering place for the residents downtown.”Rumbar is a tropical addition to the InterContinental Suites Hotel. The patio features 10 house mojitos, as well as appetizers including grilled skewers and mini crab cakes. Marketing director Michael Reick calls it an “oasis in the city.”
Anne Hartman

Openings:
Bodega, 1854 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, (216) 932-3060
Felice’s Urban Eatery, 12502 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, (216) 791-0918
Lilly Handmade Chocolates, 761 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, (216) 771-3333
Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, 6605 Detroit Road, Cleveland, (216) 920-0600
Moosehead Hook & Ladder
No. 3
, 7989 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, (440) 235-5511
Ohio Brewing Co., 222 S. Main St., Akron, (330) 376-3008

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Closings:
The Monastery, 1844 W. 25th St., Cleveland
Shinano Japanese Restaurant, 5222 Wilson Mills Road, Richmond Heights
That Place on Bellflower, 11401 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

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