Closed since January 10, Tremont's upscale watering hole 806 Wine & Martini Bar is now on the market — sort of. Owner Tom Leneghan has had a prospective buyer running and leasing it for the past year, with an option to buy the five-year-old bar. But no sale's gone through, and Leneghan is getting "a little nervous."
Thus the recent posting on Craigslist touting the sale of an "award-winning wine and martini bar in the heart of Tremont's entertainment district."
Leneghan, it seems, is trying to hedge his bet. "I'm only talking to serious operators," he says, declining to name his sales price. "For someone with the right vision, this place is a gold mine."
The bar closed two weeks ago for what Leneghan calls "routine" maintenance. It should reopen by March 1.
Leneghan's other projects include Tremont's Tree House and P.J. McIntyre's, an Irish pub and music venue at Kamm's Corners that opened last September. That project has gone so well that Leneghan is considering other locations, possibly including one on the soon-to-be-redeveloped Flats' east bank.
Hit the sauce: After years of customers clamoring to buy his sauces and spice rubs, Medina chef Brian Doyle — aka the Chameleon Chef — has gone into production. "I figured, 'Why not?' Every year I was giving more away, anyway!" First to debut are his Mango Chipotle Ketchup, a dark-and-spicy slather that's just right on burgers, and the bright, fruity Tomato Ginger Jam, perfect with meats, veggies, or even crackers and cheese. They're pegged at $6 a jar and available at Heather's Heat & Flavor in Hudson and Legacy Village, and Medina's Good Taste, where Doyle is the chef.
Food for thought: Foodies and film buffs will want to head to Cleveland Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard in University Circle) this weekend for the local premiere of King Corn, a good-humored documentary that tackles such unfunny topics as industrial food production, government subsidies, and the excesses wrought by our fast-food mentality. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 25, and 9:35 p.m. Saturday, January 26. For more info, log onto www.cia.edu/cinematheque.