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Issue Date: September 2009

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

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