Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Boccuzzi's Dante To Replace Lockkeeper's

IN THE NEWS: The Scene's Elaine Cicora reviews The Buckeye Beer Engine (15315 Madison Avenue, Lakewood) and reports on the much-anticipated Sept. 5 opening of young chef Dante Boccuzzi's Dante at the soon-to-be-former Lockkeepers (8001 Rockside Road in Valley View), which closes in mid-August. Boccuzzi, who bought the restaurant in late March, boasts a sterling résumé: Culinary Institute of America grad, two-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star nominee, and former executive chef at New York's award-winning Aureole. clevescene.com ... The Plain Dealer's Bill Lubinger reports on the opening of chef-partner Kurt Steeber's gastropub in downtown Willoughby called Ballentine. He also notes the new branches of Otani Japanese Restaurant in Hudson and the Original Pancake House in Westgate Mall in Fairview Park. He also notes: Joy and Tom Harlor have transformed the former Le Oui Oui Cafe in Ohio City into Le Petit Triangle Cafe; Gary Riegelsberger, co-owner of the Rustic Restaurant on Center Ridge Road in Rocky River, had planned the eatery's 60th anniversary celebration in August. But the Rustic, a place known for its homemade burgers, suffered a fire this month that has closed the restaurant for as long as 45 days. So the August gala will now be co-promoted as a grand reopening and birthday, possibly featuring such specials as burgers at 1947 prices; Todd Mueller, most recently pastry chef at the acclaimed Fahrenheit in Tremont, runs the kitchen at the new Grill @ Bainbridge Commons; Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar in the Flats closed June 24 after nearly 15 years on the barren east bank. ... Debbi Snook reviews Bice, while the paper also stops by The Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern (6025 Kruse Drive, Suite 148, Solon) cleveland.com ... EatingCleveland.com reviews Mary’s Diner (666 E Main St., Geneva).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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