In Memoriam


This page is the home for my posts about restaurants that have closed.

* Graffiti: A Social Kitchen closed in October 2017. They wanted to focus on their meatball idea, Polpetta. Fans can still eat at Cork and Cleaver in Broadview Heights.

* Ribsticks on Cedar Road closed within less than a year. I will miss their delicious sides. Those Bourbon peaches were amazing!!

* Santorini Greek Taverne on W. 9th has closed.

* Crop Kitchen has unfortunately closed in 7/2016. The location is rather unfortunate with no street presence and no sign allowed.

* I just learned Heimatland closed. One less German restaurant in the Cleveland area. That’s sad.

* Il Bacio in Little Italy is now Nora. The owner of Il Bacio moved back to Sicily.

* The Grovewood Tavern announced it was closing, effective immediately, on August 10, 2015. Some of my most memorable meals ever were here. Their Mad Men Spirit Dinner will forever live in my memory as one of the greatest meals I’ve ever had. I am really going to miss this place. It was magical.

* Chop It Salad Co. closed on May 1, 2015. I will miss my go-to salad place.

* Jezebel’s Bayou has changed its format and is no longer serving New Orleans fare. If you need a fix try Baptiste & Dupree Cajun Grill or Bourbon Street Barrel Room.

* Of all the restaurants that have closed in the past I am most gutted about the Saigon Grille. They closed in June 2014 to go on holiday for a month and never reopened. I tried to go in late July and there was a boat blocking the door. I drove by today, on October 14th, 2014, and a nail salon has moved into the space. I went here very regularly for lunch and will miss their amazing grilled pork bahn mi. You are gone, but you are certainly not forgotten by me, Saigon Grille.

* The Katz Club Diner closed due to arson. Doug plans to continue to use the kitchen there for catering, but I’m afraid they won’t be reopening as a full-service brick and mortar restaurant. I will miss the bar car and cherish my memories of the diner!

* After more than two decades of attracting an endless stream of loyal customers and a procession of celebrities and power brokers, John Q’s Steakhouse served its last meal on June 15, 2013.


* Babushka’s Kitchen has closed. Where will I find awesome kolatschke and their numerous kinds of pierogi now?

* Mekong River appears to have shut its doors (as of at least 10/2/2013), and a sign is heralding the coming of “Lotus Thai House.” I will miss the tangerine tilapia.

* Charkha has closed. I will miss the affordable lunch buffet.

* Accent closed. The location did not pan out as promised, and it never really attracted the crowds. It’s a shame. They had a unique idea. I for one will miss the smoked turkey wing. Crop Kitchen is a welcome addition at that location and have inherited the Robata Grill and Josper Oven.

* Fat Casual BBQ in Macedonia has closed and lovers of their Smoked Prime Rib will mourn the loss.

* Le Oui Oui Cafe closed when the owners of Luchita Express on Euclid skipped out in the middle of the night (Denajua shared the space with them). The chicken chutney crepe was fantastic, but the chocolate mousse knocked my socks off! We miss you, Denajua!

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* Istanbul Grill abruptly shut its doors in February. The restaurant reopened as Dervish Grill in late March and will continue to serve Turkish fare.

* Carnegie Kitchen and Dining closed, and I will miss their PB&J French toast.

* Frank & Pauly’s in Mentor closed because the owner wanted to retire.

* Henry’s at the Barn in Avon was a personal favorite and I miss it.

* Melange had an awesome goat cheese fondue


* Palookaville Chili closed for the summer in June 2013 and the owner decided not to reopen it on September 1. It will be missed. It’s now Jack Flaps.

* Romanini’s in Aurora had a really nice patio but terrible parking.

* Viva Fernando had the most amazing paella



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