806 Wine & Martini Bar traveled a rough road during the past couple years, finally closing in early 2008. Now owner and partner Jason Beudert has reopened 806 with a vengeance: Note the splashy new mural of a high-kicking young lady on the building’s side (created by local artist Mike McNamara) and an updated interior. “We really reinvented the space, gave it a well-deserved face-lift and expanded the patio,” says Beudert. “We want to complement the Tremont experience.” He raves about the happy hour — $3 martinis, mojitos and wine pours from 4 to 8:06 p.m. — and says that, for now, the bar serves complimentary bread and popcorn from the West Side Market, as well as cheese plates and desserts. “We’re working with local restaurants in Tremont, for them to do our menu for us; we’re working with some pretty big names,” he says mysteriously. Look for the menu to come on line by late fall.
What We’re Buzzing About this Month ...
• Dante receiving national recognition from Food and Wine Magazine for its wine list. The restaurant was listed on the magazine’s “Best New Wine Lists 2008,” with a mention of its “astounding 90 wines by the glass.”
• Greenhouse Tavern, East Fourth Street’s eco-friendly brainchild of Bar Cento’sJonathan Sawyer, getting closer to completion.
• Local food writer and caterer Heidi Robb confirming her gig as recipe tester forMichael Symon’s upcoming cookbook, Symon Says: Live to Cook, which we first read about on her food blog, lifeinrecipes.blogspot.com.
• Dewey’s Pizza finally making its West Side debut in Lakewood.
• Nick and Giovanna Kustala, former owners of Willoughby’s Lure Bistro, heading even farther east to open an über-fine dining restaurant on an 1843 Italianate estate near Geneva. Look for nine-course meals to debut in early 2009.
• The sign going up forBob Golic’s Sports Bar and Grill at the corner of West Sixth Street and Superior Avenue — just in time for Browns season.
Heather Haviland has our mouths watering with news of her bakery coming to the Tremont Lofts (as reported in last month’s News Bites). NowMichael Symon, Doug Petkovic andCory Barrett have us drooling. The trio is preparing to open a patisserie in ETON Chagrin Boulevard, although a rep there says construction hasn’t begun yet.
Cleveland Independents member restaurants are celebrating both the harvest season and the eating-local trend this month with a corn campaign in September. “The whole point of being an independent restaurant is to show that you can be creative, not be stifled like a chain restaurant,” says Cleveland Independents spokeswoman Myra Orenstein. “We encourage them to do anything crazy they can think of with these ingredients.” Cleveland Independents’Restaurant Week is also upcoming: It’s slated for November 2 through 8.
Dewey’s Pizza, 18516 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, (216) 228-2299
Vivo, 347 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Mangiamo!, 7289 state Route 43, Twin Lakes