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Issue Date: December 2004 Issue


Newsbites

We're sad to say that family-owned Danny Boy's Farm Market, which offered wine, cheese, fresh produce and baked goods at the corner of Lorain and Columbia roads in North Olmsted since 1948 — even rebuilding after fire damaged it some years back — shut its doors in the middle of November. Everything was sold, from the pesto jack cheese to the antique farm implements that decorated the market.

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In the strip plaza near Danny Boy's, Aoeshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant has become Ohashi Restaurant, under new management with a slightly tweaked menu of Japanese cuisine.

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Sunday brunchers, take note: Pier W in Lakewood has closed till next spring for a significant remodeling.

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Budapest Blonde in Independence is now partnering with area restaurants for apps to serve with its wine-tasting series. On Dec. 1, Hunter's Pub in Brecksville will provide the noshes for "Holiday Martinis"; Jan. 12, Tom Stafford, executive chef of the Embassy Grille at the Embassy Suites ¯ Independence, whips up starters for "Wines from the Iberian Peninsula"; and Michael Herschman of Lockkeepers works his small-plate magic for "Wines with Diamonds" Feb. 9.

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With 76 students currently in the program (after graduating 27 last year), Loretta Paganini's International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute needs more space. In November, ICASI broke ground for a new, larger facility in Chesterland, on a 12 1/2-acre site across the street from its present location.

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Now that Bellflower has hired Tim Ogan (late of Collinwood's Grovewood Tavern) as its executive chef, maybe it will stick with one name for a while. The University Circle eatery was That Place on Bellflower for years, then became Flower, then reverted to the original moniker and recently abbreviated again, to Bellflower.

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Look for a new Champps Restaurant & Bar location to open in Westlake in February, at 12 Main St. in Crocker Park.

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If all proceeded on schedule, the Stir Fire folks will have just opened Sushi on the Green in Hudson at the end of November. Stir Fire district manager Nathan Lindsey describes the new spot as "sushi and hibachi fused with a piano bar."

Openings

Cold Stone Creamery, University Square Mall, 2193 Warrensville Center Road, University Heights, (216) 965-6298; Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que, 26410 Great Northern Shopping Center, North Olmsted, (440) 777-0200; Kristofer's Fine Casual Dining, 30111 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, (440) 777-0002; Stir Fire, 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn, (330) 836-2999; Tomo Steak House & Sushi Bar, 15163 Pearl Road, Strongsville, (440) 878-0760

Closings

Affamato Ristorante & Market, 30610 Detroit Road, Westlake; Allure, 28260 Miles Road, Solon; Gamekeeper's Lodge, 19300 Detroit Ave., Rocky River; Pizzazz on Miles, 28554 Miles Road, Solon


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