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806 Martini & Wine Bar mural is worth a double take

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Long and leggy, the come-hither honey on the wall outside Tremont's 806 Martini & Wine Bar (806 Literary Road, 216-862-2912) is more than just a pretty face. Rather, the wall-spanning mural, by local artist Mike McNamara, is a symbol, epitomizing the laid-back vibe and casual 'tude the lounge hopes to channel when it reopens on Thursday, July 10.

Not to say the joint used to be stuffy. "But we really wanted to show we're more relaxed now, with an element of fun," says GM Matt Raynor.

Raynor and his bosses from Vista Hospitality and Logistics Group have been readying the bar for reopening for the past three months. Among the enhancements, find fresher fabrics, brighter wall colors, and an expanded patio for drinking in those warm summer nights.

Other draws include a daily happy hour from 4 to 8:06 p.m., featuring select $2 beers, $3 martinis, and $3 wine pours.

The lounge will be open at 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Slow food: Northeast Ohioans will play a big part in this year's Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy. Among the recently announced delegates to the biennial affair promoting the global Slow Food movement, count chefs Matt Harlan (Lolita) and Jonathon Sawyer (Bar Cento and the soon-to-open Greenhouse Tavern); artisanal bakers Adam and Jennifer Gidlow (On the Rise Artisan Breads); and Peninsula farmers Cindy and Terry Smith (Goatfeathers Point Farm). Supporters of the movement can help by attending a Bastille Day celebration at Bar Cento (1948 West 25th Street) on Monday, July 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. Price is $40, with proceeds helping to cover the delegates' travel expenses. Call 216-274-1010 for details.

Eat his words: Author, foodie, and civic booster Michael Ruhlman charmed the audience at last week's Cleveland Arts Prize awards ceremony, where he and Michael "Iron Chef" Symon shared a special Martha Joseph Prize for advancing the city's culinary cred. "I'm not being honored for my writing," Ruhlman told the crowd in Cleveland Play House's Drury Theatre. "I'm being honored for championing this city. And why not? I don't defend Cleveland. I flaunt it. And you should too."

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