Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Quagliata's Cafe Toscano Sets July Opening

IN THE NEWS: From the Plain-Dealer's cleveland.com hard-working Bill Lubinger, "One of the biggest names in Cleveland dining is bringing the distinctive tastes of Tuscany to Aurora. Carl Quagliata, who already bounces back and forth between his classic Giovanni's Ristorante in Beachwood and Casa Dolce, a bakery with prepared foods in Mayfield Heights, is reworking a former Arabica coffee house near Ohio 82 and 43 as Cafe Toscano. ... Look for Cafe Toscano to open in mid to late July. ... Marmalade, a new, locally owned contemporary American cuisine concept, soon will fill the former American Cafe space at La Place Fashion Centre next to Beachwood Place. Owner Andy Zelenkofske is a Hunting Valley CPA, lawyer, investor and self-described "frustrated chef." He was also a partner in Sinergy (restaurant and nightclub) in Cleveland's Warehouse District and recruited Sinergy's Joe Bemer as executive chef and Mike Ina as general manager. ... Actually, Susie Porter, whose Southern-laced flavors and hospitality drew a cross-section of appetites to her Town Fryer, never left. She had fallen in love, threw a going-away party and shut the place down in late March to join him in San Diego. He died suddenly. "It's been a rough couple of months," she said. Porter is now investing her energy to reopen in June, at the same location on Cleveland's East Side, but just for lunch and maybe private parties at night served family style. She also may drop "Town" from the name and is expanding the menu with healtful options -- a kind of good-versus-evil approach, she said. ... The former Bainbridge Diner, which closed in December, is getting new life. Chef-owner Mark Jacobson and his wife, Leigh, hope to open the 60-seat Grill @ Bainbridge Commons in Bainbridge Township next month. ... Fanny's Restaurant owner Terry Kollar said he's talking to three potential buyers for the closed Collinwood landmark, which would have turned 60 in June. Each would retain the Fanny's name. The restaurant's huge tax debt, which forced the closing last month, complicates any possible deal. ... Teahouse Noodles, whose salads, smoothies and inventive rice and noodle bowls peppered with a menu of sauces has been a quick-stop staple in downtown Cleveland for years, is adding a second location on Murray Hill Road in Little Italy. It's expected to open later this month. ... Savy & David's Restaurant, Bar & Deli, which opened this year in a Beachwood office building but abruptly closed within weeks without explanation, is back. But David is out. It's just Savy's." ... Lubinger also notes Helena's Puerto Rican Cuisine & Cafe (8933 Cedar Ave., Cleveland) ... The Plain-Dealer's Sam Fulwood III looks at the revival of Larchmere Boulevard, including the addition of restaurants: "Felice (12502 Larchmere Blvd.) Margaret Mueller promises her restaurant in a beautiful Victorian house will serve "good food" and feature an outdoor dining garden when it opens later this summer; Big Al's Diner (12600 Larchmere Blvd.); Cafe Limbo (12706 Larchmere Blvd.); Boulevard Blue (12718 Larchmere Blvd.); Academy Tavern (12800 Larchmere Blvd.); Larchmere Tavern (13051 Larchmere Blvd.); Flying Crane's Cafe (13006 Larchmere Blvd.). ... Debbi Snook reviews Lakewood's Melt Bar and Grilled ... Cleveland Scene critic Elaine T. Cicora reviews Light Bistro (2801 Bridge Ave.) . clevescene.com. ... Lilly's Kitchen Table is the next stop on the Great Burger Hunt for the blog Restaurant Widow www.restaurantwidow.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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