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Issue Date: June 2005 Issue


Lakewood's Pier W waterfront restaurant returns to port later this month, following a seven-month closing that allowed time for the 200-seat space to undergo a $3 million makeover. Known for its stunning views of Lake Erie and the downtown skyline, the décor of the formerly nautical-themed restaurant has been revamped to resemble the interior of a luxury liner and is adorned with teak, marble, jewel-like tile and Italian glass lighting in both the dining room and lounge areas. Chef Anthony Phenis has also redesigned the menu, which will now feature fresh seafood offerings with a contemporary, global twist. This month's reopening marks the 40th anniversary of the Cleveland landmark, which is owned and managed by Select Restaurants and located in Winton Place. Call (216) 228-2250 for more information about Pier W's reopening.


School's out and Alice Cooper'stown Cleveland has injected some heat into its menu. Guests of the Gateway neighborhood eatery can now feast on a new line-up of barbecue fare. Cooper went straight to the smokehouse for his new bourbon-glazed baby back ribs, as well as his similarly sauce-smothered takes on flat-iron steak and grilled salmon. The new Smokehouse Grilled Chicken also gets a stiff swig of bourbon sauce. Those who prefer their pre- and post-game grub stuffed between two pieces of bread will find the Hall of Fame Burgers and Alice's Sandwitches have also been given barbecue-tinged upgrades. Call (216) 566-8100.


Great Lakes Brewing Co. has once again rolled out its Moondog Ale, a copper-colored creation named after the Moondog Coronation Ball, hosted by Alan Freed at the Cleveland Arena in 1952. The brew's 5.0 percent alcohol by volume tags it as a "session" beer, meaning you can tip back a couple of pints in one sitting and still make it home safely. The seasonal ale will be available on tap at the brewery's Ohio City restaurant and pub and at most local beverage retailers through August.


Sample a variety of Ohio wines at Sarah's Vineyard, 1204 W. Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls, June 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. during the third-annual Summer Solstice Art and Wine Festival. The $5 admission fee includes a crystal wine glass to do your sampling while you shop for original artwork, eat great food and enjoy live music. The festival continues with free admission on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no wine tasting or sales on Sunday.


Parma's Blue Moose, 5513 Pearl Road, is importing a slice of the tropics with its Friday patio parties. Enjoy live music while sipping drinks at the 84-stool tiki mango bar or grab a seat under one of the patio's palm trees.


Aura, 9200 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, (440) 838-4455


The Alternative Café, 2254 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

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