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Issue Date: March 2009


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Green with Energy
Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s latest venture opens on East Fourth Street later this month. The Greenhouse Tavern, Ohio’s first certified green restaurant, will offer French-influenced cuisine made from local products. “We’ve got a French backbone with Ohio lamb,” Sawyer says. “We’re going to be local first and let the ingredients dictate what we cook.” To open the restaurant, Sawyer had help from two other Jons: designer Jonathan Sin-Jin and co-owner and chef Jonathan Seeholzer, who both helped Sawyer open Lolita for chef Michael Symon. On the menu, look for signature dishes such as cod in paper with lobster and artichoke. Everywhere else, look for sustainable products, including a solar-powered bathroom. The Greenhouse Tavern will initially open only for dinner, with plans to eventually offer lunch and breakfast, too.

Honey, Honey
Cleveland Independents is sweetening things up this month. Its nearly 80 restaurants are featuring dishes that use locally produced honey — part of the association’s “Oh, Honey” campaign. For a complete list of restaurants, visit clevelandindependents.com.

Making Headlines

During the past few months, the city’s dining scene has caught the attention of several national media outlets. Here’s a rundown:

• USA Today named theVelvet Tango Room one of the top 10 spots to “slip into a speakeasy.”

• The Chicago Tribune recently declared, “Mistake on the lake no more.” When reporter Monica Eng asked Cleveland native Michael Ruhlman for a guided dining tour, he dazzled her with meals at Lola,Flying Fig and Sokolowski’s, among others.

• Readers of craft-beer industry magazine BeerAdvocate ranked Great Lakes Brewing Co. No. 10 on its list of All-Time Top Breweries On Planet Earth. Dortmunder Gold Lager was also voted No. 3 on the magazine’s list of Top Session Lagers.

• Esquire chose Tommy’s in Cleveland Heights as one of the 59 best places (and the only spot in Ohio) for breakfast in its March issue. The magazine recommended the landmark East Side eatery’s “cooked-in-butter specialties like the Elsie Combo (two fried eggs, bacon, mayo, peanut butter and American cheese stacked triple-decker on toast).”
 
Cave Comforts
The owners of Tremont’s Lago and Little Italy’s Gusto are at it again, recently opening the Italian Grotto Wine Bar in Shaker Square. We stopped by for an early peek and found it worth checking out, even if only for the atmosphere. It’s difficult to make cathedral ceilings intimate, but this place does it, and the marble tabletops and Tuscan-style detailing lend an upscale feel to the space while a fireplace cozies it down.
 
Openings:
Bistro on Lincoln Park, 2391 W. 11th St., Cleveland, (216) 862-2969
The Greenhouse Tavern, 2038 E. 4th St., Cleveland, (216) 393-4302
Grotto Wine Bar, 13101 Shaker Square, Cleveland, (216) 751-9463
Los Habaneros Mexican Restaurant, 20255 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights, (216) 991-4522
 
Closings:
Le Bistro du Beaujolais
, 8134 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls
La Tortilla Feliz, 2661 W. 14th St., Cleveland
M Bistro and Bar, 23800 Detroit Road, Westlake

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