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Issue Date: January 2009


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Up and Brewing
A Pittsburgh favorite will soon open in the space once occupied by Danny Boy’s Farmers Market. Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon is linked to the original location in Pittsburgh, but it’s a franchise in name only, says general manager Ted Lipovan. “It’s got a knotty pine feeling,” he says of the 13,000-square-foot space that will house a bar, seating for more than 200 and a game room. The North Olmsted location will include a brewery with 12 of its own crafts and modified tavern fare with burgers, barbecue and 300 sandwiches (called headwiches because “they are as big as your head,” Lipovan explains). At the helm of the brewery is Matt Cole, an 11-year veteran of the Rocky River Brewing Co. Down the road, Lipovan says, he hopes to create a line of root beer, ginger beer and orange cream soda at the location.

Comeback Kid
Dante Boccuzzi’s popular Valley View restaurant, Dante, will relocate to Professor Street in Tremont this April to make way for a familiar favorite. Lockkeepers Restaurant will return to its former Rockside Road location, which has been home to Dante since 2007. Original Lockkeepers chef Malisse Sinito comes out of retirement to run Lockkeepers and promises the same Italian favorites.

Cut the Cheese
The diners who packed Krazy Mac’s Café Nov. 22 had no idea it would be their last meal at the popular Detroit Shoreway neighborhood mac-and-cheese haven. Owner Ron Heinbaugh closed up the 10,000-square-foot shop for good later that night. “It was just too big,” he explains. “We just didn’t want it anymore. The overhead was too much.” In October, Heinbaugh opened an Elyria location one-third the size of Cleveland’s Krazy Mac’s. The smaller space is exactly what Heinbaugh is looking for as he plans to open another location. “I have a lead on a place in Lakewood, but it won’t open until spring or early summer,” he says. “We’re looking for a small-town feel.”

Taste Estate
After selling Lure Bistro in Willoughby this year, Nick and Giovanna Kustala have moved on to their next project. On Jan. 23, the couple’s latest venture, The Estate on Coffee Creek in Austinburg, will open in an 1800s Italianate mansion. “It looks like it was just snapped up from New England,” Kustala says. As chef, he will offer a four- or nine-course menu that draws its roots from French and Italian cuisine, with a la carte options as well. The dinner can also be paired with wine selections from certified sommelier Giovanna. Seatings are by reservation only Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. And be on the lookout for plenty of other tastes cropping up on this 20-acre space. In February, Nick will offer cooking classes with a farmers market, antique shop and gourmet camping to follow in the next year.

Openings
Europa, 30519 Pinetree Road, Pepper Pike, (216) 591-1273
The Estate on Coffee Creek, 1591 state Route 45, Austinburg, (440) 275-5022
Closings
Krazy Mac’s, 5800 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
Good Taste Wine & Food Shop, 985 Boardman Alley, Medina

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