News for no-dozers . . . Every restaurateur should have Jeff Uniatowski's problems. The chef-owner of cool, collected Mise (10427 Clifton Boulevard, 216-651-6473) was having trouble getting his satisfied customers to call it a night. Seems that, although the merrymakers knew the kitchen was about to close, they just weren't ready to go home. And the problem, they told Uniatowski, was that they couldn't think of an equally comfy spot where they could continue their after-hours socializing. It didn't take long for the clever chef to hit upon the solution: As of last week, he extended Mise's kitchen hours until 10 on weeknights and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, serving a late-night menu of tapas, raw-bar items, select appetizers, and flatbread pizzas, all aimed to satisfy insomniac noshers and the people who love them.
At the starting gate . . . Diners at Mayfield Heights' Gates Mills Grille (6807 Mayfield Road, 440-446-1166) are getting a sneak preview of menu items destined for Bon Appetito, owners Carmen and Gino Oppedisano's new Tanglewood dining spot scheduled to open in December. Chef Seth Kaspy, whose résumé includes stints at Century at the Cleveland Ritz-Carlton and Opus One in Warren, will be top gun at the new restaurant, where the menu will be built around "tasting platters," with combos like herb-crusted rack of lamb, roast pork tenderloin, and chargrilled chicken, along with vegetables, mushrooms, and matching sauces, designed for a minimum of two diners. Kaspy has been fine-tuning his menu by offering some of his dishes as daily specials at Gates Mills Grille. Meantime, the grille's executive chef Peter Osad continues to serve forth delightful contemporary Italian foods, like pasta with lobster Bolognese, nutmeg agnolotti stuffed with roasted fall squash in brown butter with fried sage, and a creamy bitter-orange panna cotta.