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Issue Date: August 2009


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2182: Take Two
After shutting its doors in April, the popular Brecksville spot 2182 has reopened under new owner and chef Kevin Powers, formerly of Tinkers Creek Road Tavern. “I dropped the ‘bistro and wine bar’ so I wasn’t limited to just French food,” Powers says. The new menu is no longer arranged by heavier and lighter portions, but rather by the traditional starter, salad and entrée options. It features a more continental cuisine and a wider selection of seafood, as well as a few Caribbean influences — courtesy of the five years Powers spent working in the region for various resorts. The white linens and hearty wine list of more than 150 vintages are still intact, but patrons of 2182 will notice a new earth-tone color palette. “It’s a little bit more cozy and quaint,” Powers says. “And it’s not the kind of place where you’ll want to eat and run out.”

Word of Mouth
After 18 years running a local gas station, Argentina native Rosita Kutkut needed a new challenge. So she’s thrown her hat in the restaurant ring, recently opening Latin eatery La Bocain in the Detroit Shoreway space formerly occupied by Krazy Mac’s. “The menu has a casual twist to Latin-American cuisine,” says Kutkut, who consulted longtime restaurateur Zack Bruell before opening in June. “He told me I was nuts but to go ahead with it.” Leading the kitchen is former Melange chef Adam Schmith, who helped create the nontraditional menu that offers a mix of seafood, empanadas and flatbread pizzas.

Mac is Back
After suddenly closing in November, it appears the mac-and-cheese house Krazy Mac’s has found a new home as well, moving just a few miles down the road to a cozier spot. “Coming soon” signs are up at the old Hylander Restaurant on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

Mojito Mania
Need a few tips on how to muddle that perfect mojito? Rumbar, a garden patio bar and grill at the InterContinental Hotel, is hosting mojito-making classes every Friday at 5:30 p.m. all summer. For $25, you will learn the proper technique behind muddling — mashing lime, mint and sugar in a tall glass — as you create three types of mojitos: traditional, raspberry and peach. And you get to keep the muddle, too. Reservations are required and can be made at (216) 707-4054.

Zack Attack
Chef Zack Bruell (Table 45, Parallax, L’Albatros) is at it again, announcing plans for his fourth Cleveland restaurant, an old-meets-new Italian joint called Chinato. It will fittingly join the restaurant row at the corner of East Fourth Street and Prospect Avenue. Hoping to open by late fall, Bruell has hired architect Ron Reed to create a space that combines Old World Italian charm with urban décor in order to mirror the cuisine. “The energy and environment will be just as important as the cuisine,” Bruell says.

Re-openings:
2182, 8918 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, (440) 717-9463

Openings:
56 West, 16300 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, (216) 226-0056
Bar Symon, 32858 Walker Road, Avon Lake, (440) 933-5652
La Boca, 5800 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, (216) 961-5800
Vento Trattoria, 28611 Lake Road, Bay Village, (440) 835-4530

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