Seasonal Special Happenings

Cropicana Launches

When: Thu., May 5 2011

Restaurateurs Steve and Jackie Schimoler will be hoping for sun today as they launch their newest endeavor, the beach-inspired Cropicana, at the Whiskey Island Marina. On tap: a special Cinco de Mayo menu that includes chile-lime popcorn, chorizo-stuffed Cherry Bombs, chicken enchiladas, chorizo tacos, and $5 margaritas and Crop Punch from the fully stocked bar. Settled in the former Sunset Grille, the warm-weather joint will operate May through September and will eventually have a snazzy outdoor kitchen, smokers, fire pits, and a schedule of live rock, blues, and reggae on the weekends. There's also room nearby for beach volleyball, cornhole, and frisbee; small fry and leashed dogs are also welcome. Plans aside, the incessant rain has taken its toll. "The weather has been so bad," says Jackie Schimoler, "the outdoor kitchen is still a work in progress. We'll likely not have the full menu for a few more weeks to give us time to finish the build-out." Rain or shine, Cropicana opens today at 5 p.m. For details, including directions, call 216-631-1800 or visit — Cicora

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