Cleveland is a great place for locally-owned restaurants and bars, from a quick hot dog and beer to high-end tasting menus.
A new year brings new establishments on the horizon, and here are eight new Cleveland restaurants opening up in 2019 that we can't wait to try.
Good Night, John Boy
Good Night, John Boy (1050 W. 10th) will be a dive-style diner on the East Side of the Flats, with a throwback theme to the 1970’s.
Open for service during the day with breakfast and lunch offerings, GNJB will stay open until 4:30 am, so expect some primo people-watching at the wee hours of the morning.
The long-gestating Birdtown Brewery (2035 Quail St., Lakewood) has been in the works for around four years now, but that’s how it goes when you’re turning a church built in 1910 into a present-day business.
Operated by the same people who brought us the very successful Barrio Tacos, this small-batch brewery will be serving food and drinks in a very unique setting “sometime” in the Spring.
Another hopefully-this-year spot is the Literary Tavern (1031 Literary Rd.) located in the Tremont neighborhood.
In the works for about 2 years, this casual 50-seat bar is working to preserve the spot’s history (It’s location takes the place of the beloved and long established Tremont Cafe), and to have a come-as-you-are tone.
UPDATE: The Literary Tavern is open for business, from 7 PM until Midnight, Tuesday till Saturday.
Lakewood Truck Park
Well, here’s something different: the Lakewood Truck Park (northwest corner of Detroit & Edwards Ave, Lakewood) will be a two-building, open-air dining area that will feature a daily rotation of food trucks, parked within the outdoor seating.
The stated plan is to have the area opened by sometime “around St. Patrick’s Day”, which is a very Cleveland way to mark time.
Edwins Butcher Shop
Edwins Butcher Shop (13024 Buckeye Rd.) will be a fully operational butcher shop, with dine-in and carry out BBQ, as well as fresh meat and deli offerings.
The shop will be another location opening for the EDWINS post-prison job training and placement program headed up by restaurateur (and one-time Mayoral candidate) Brandon E. Chrostowski.
UPDATE: The shop is now open, and you can check out their website for the full details.
From the owners of The Plum on Lorain comes Good Company (1200 W 76th St.), opening in Battery Park’s Shoreway building.
Described as “If the Ace Hotel opened a sports bar”, the food will be lower-cost, made-from-scratch offerings like burgers, chicken wings and cobb salads.
UPDATE: Good Company now open, you can check them out here.
Lindey's Lake Bar
Lakewood favorite Jammy Buggers closed last year, and in it’s place will come Lindey’s Lake Bar (15625 Detroit Ave).
Details are hazy at the moment, but with the location’s new owner being the mind behind Coastal Taco and Lindey’s Lake House, it should be quality. The food ideas being batted around are “tacos, flatbread pizzas, and small plates”. They hope to be opening doors in the Spring, but it sounds like that may be pushed forward.
While it may be a second location, the Wild Mango opening another spot in Legacy Village (25001 Cedar Rd, Lyndhurst) is creating a lot of happiness in diners.
With it’s “multi-culturally influenced cuisine” and unique presentation, expect this to be a popular destination come early Spring.
If you know of a new Cleveland restaurant opening in 2019 let us know!