Changes at Reddstone

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Things are heating up in the kitchen at Reddstone, the Battery Park watering hole that opened in 2007. As of Thursday, December 1, co-owner and executive chef Josh Kabat is out; Kabat’s long-time sous chef Jeff James is in.

While the food at this funky fun stop has always been above average, James says the new direction is definitely upscale. Among other things, that means an emphasis on monthly chef’s specials, and a renewed focus on local, artisanal breads and produce.

Helping James with his kitchen duties is sous chef — and girlfriend — Crystal Golias; the couple met while working at the former Cleveland Grill and went on to cook together at Luxe. In addition to serving as the chef’s right-hand gal, Golias crafts all the bar’s pastries and desserts from scratch.

“The gloves are off,” says an excited James. “I’m gonna tear things up!”

Reddstone is at 1261 West 76th St. Call 216-651-6969 or visit reddstonecleveland.com for more information. — Elaine T. Cicora

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