Zack Bruell has confirmed that he is in the process of opening what will be his fourth Cleveland restaurant. Appropriately enough, it will be on East Fourth Street. If all goes as planned, the chef-owner of Parallax, L'Albatros and Table 45 will add a new Italian eatery to his portfolio by late fall. "I've got the right people in place at my restaurants to allow me to do this now," says Bruell. Expect the chef to do for regional Italian fare what he did for French bistro food. "This will be my take on Italian food," he says. "I'm going to Italy to do some research." While Bruell refuses to nail down particulars, he did offer some pithy clues as to what diners can — and cannot — expect: "Will this be a spag-and-ball joint? No. Will there be pasta? Yes." The restaurant will occupy a warehouse space at the corner of East Fourth and Prospect, one of the few remaining sites on the strip. "They saved the best for last," says Bruell. The 7,500-square-foot space will be designed by architect Ron Reed.
Say goodbye to Le Petit Triangle Café (1881 Fulton Rd., 216.281.1881, lepetittrianglecafe.com) as we know it. The beloved Ohio City eatery is expanding, perhaps giving rise to Le Petit Triangle Plus Rhombus Café. Okay, so there are no ill-fated name changes planned, but diners can expect a whole new footprint. "We took over the next-door spot," explains owner Joy Harlor. "It was a peaceful takeover." The old Kimo's Sushi space will add another 30 seats to the mix, key for those busy weekend nights and Sunday brunches. The two spaces will connect through a large passageway near the rear of the restaurant. "The original space will become more bar-like," adds Harlor. Look for seats to wrap all the way around what was the small exposed kitchen. A new prep kitchen next door will free up considerable space, while affording Joy the space to bake more in-house pastry. Look for a mid-summer unveiling.
Congrats to Sam McNulty and the Bier Markt (1948 W. 25th St., 216.274.1010, bier-markt.com) for being the first bar in the Midwest to secure Duvel Green, that brewery's new draft beer. "It's a golden ale with a subtly complex flavor," explains McNulty. "This easy-to-drink beer has the potential to usurp Stella Artois as the go-to Belgian session beer." Look for Duvel Green also to pop up at Tremont Tap House, Melt and Cave du Vin.