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Issue Date: March 2008 Issue


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A New Touch
Jeff Fisher, recently of Lago, is now happily ensconced in the Touch Supper Club kitchen. His menu is heavy on classic bistro items with an Asian flair, and with dishes including braised rabbit over ricotta gnocchi and hangar steak with sake soy reduction, he’s already starting to create some buzz around Ohio City.
“We try to meet the culinary needs that will make people’s taste buds happy, from the younger crowd to the older crowd,” Fisher says. “We’re much more than just a dance and supper club.” Beer and champagne dinners are also in the works, as well as a sushi happy hour. 2710 Lorain Ave., Cleveland. (216) 631-5200

Cheesy Melt Spreads

Melt Bar and Grilled, the Lakewood purveyor of cheesy goodness, is expanding. Owner Matt Fish  recently acquired the storefront directly next door to Melt’s Detroit Avenue digs and is renovating the 1,100-square-foot space to add two new entrances, a hostess station, take-out station, a first-floor handicap-accessible restroom and a waiting area, plus 25 more seats.
“We’re a small place, but we’ve become pretty popular and we’re packed all the time,” Fish says. “This should alleviate stress for the patrons and my staff.”
The construction, which began in January, shouldn’t interrupt service, and Fish hopes to have it completed by April. Melt has also added eight more taps, bringing its beer offerings to 20 draughts and almost 150 bottled options, and Fish says new menu items are on the way. 14718 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. (216) 226-3699; www.meltbarandgrilled.com

Meat Me on 117th Street
The Cleveland Grill Bistro & Winery, comfortably settled into its seventh year of business, has an interesting new tweak to its menu of “creative, classic cuisine” — a choice of nine different preparations for your meat and side dish of choice. The treatments are broken up into ethnic flavors, from Greek to Moroccan to Creole and Polish.
“I wanted to make a menu where people can choose what they really want,” says chef/ owner
Dino Tsarnas.
“I think this is the first time I’ve seen it here in Cleveland.”
Accompanying a new bar, which was hand built by Tsarnas and is decorated with stained glass, the drink list now includes home-made Riesling, Muscat and Chianti that are also courtesy of Tsarnas.
Stop in on a Monday for the five-course wine-tasting meal, $50 per person or $90 for two. 3359 W. 117th St., Cleveland. (216) 251-1025.
 
Openings:
Ariyoshi Japanese Restaurant, 2206 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, (216) 321-1020
Café Toscano, 215 W. Garfield Road, Aurora, (330) 995-2333
Pacific East, 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, (216) 765-1305
Tremont Tap House, 2572 Scranton Road, Cleveland, (216) 298-4451
Wonton Gourmet Noodles & BBQ, 3211 Payne Ave., Cleveland, (216) 875-7000
Closings:
Hunan Renaissance, 1350 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Sedona Grill, 5223 Detroit Road, Sheffield Village
Vinea, 1220 Huron Ave., Cleveland

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