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Issue Date: May 2007 Issue


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Red The Steakhouse has a new executive chef, says Brad Friedlander, owner of both Red and adjacent Moxie the Restaurant in Beachwood. Peter Vauthy has been promoted from chef de cuisine for Moxie and Red to executive chef of Red. Jonathan Bennett, who had been executive chef for both restaurants, will continue as executive chef for Moxie and will also focus on the catering business, which Friedlander reports is booming. (216) 831-2252

Wild Mango has finally reopened its North Olmsted location, a few doors down at 140 Great Northern Mall. Chef/owner Jia Wei says much of the menu has remained the same due to customer demand, while new choices include a seared ahi tuna served with ginger tomato broth and shrimp risotto, and his version of surf and turf — tenderloin served with seared scallops and Romano cheese-battered shrimp. Wei adds that the new décor is a hit with customers, who often tour the dining rooms after their meal. (440) 979-1888

The consortium of local, independently owned eateries known as Cleveland Originals has changed its name to Cleveland Independents, after breaking ties with a national restaurant group. The more than 70 Cleveland Independents restaurants, which are noted in Cleveland Magazine’s restaurant listings, plan to continue their popular gift certificate program through a new Web site, www.clevelandindependents.com.

Perennial cheap eats and family-friendly Silver Spoon winner Yours Truly is expanding to an eighth location at the site of the former Park City Diner in Valley View, says Larry Shibley, president of the family-owned chain. The menu and hours will remain consistent with the other locations, but expect things to look a little different inside. Shibley says renovations to the space will preserve its current “deco diner” feel — a departure from the Victorian décor of the other Yours Truly locations. Watch for this breakfast-lunch-and-dinner destination to open sometime this summer.

Vue has another new head chef. The Hudson restaurant promoted executive sous chef Rick Carson to executive chef in late February, replacing Robert Ledzianowski, who himself lasted barely a year after the departure of opening chef Gregg Korney. Carson, 26, came to Vue from Fuel, a martini bar in Akron. He’s also been banquet chef at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, and cooked at La Monte, a four-star, five-diamond restaurant in Pittsburgh. Carson says the menu will still be upscale contemporary — a mix of modern ideas, classic techniques and world flavors. Carson is also committed to sustainable farming, organic products and locally grown food, so expect an ever-changing seasonal menu. (330) 650-1883

Openings:
Bice Ristorante, Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Road, Cleveland, (216) 298-4447
Light Bistro, 2801 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, (216) 771-7130
Il Bacio, 2181 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, (216) 231-5977
The Soupermarket, 14809 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, (216) 712-7292
Sean’s Place, 11100 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland, (216) 281-0700
Local Heroes Grill and Bar, 2217 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, (216) 566-8100

Closings:
Alice Cooper’stown, 2217 E. Ninth St., Cleveland
83 Degrees Caribbean Cuisine, 6212 Memphis Ave., Cleveland
Chris and Jimmy’s Diners, 1975 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights


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