In the two years since Sage Bistro closed its doors, scores of chefs have toyed with the notion of taking over the space. Well, one finally bit. Pete Joyce, longtime executive chef at Blue Point Grille, and a partner have purchased the property on Tremont's Lincoln Park. Work has already begun on the space, though there isn't a lot to do. "It's pretty much a turn-key operation," says Joyce. "But we want to put our own touch on it so it doesn't feel like you're walking into Sage." Carpet in the dining room will be replaced with hardwood floors and the walls are all getting a fresh coat of paint. Joyce, who has worked for Hospitality Restaurants for the better part of 10 years, hopes to open his bistro-style restaurant in November. His concept sounds solid enough: "Good, simple food cooked right with quality ingredients," he explains. "And try to keep price points down." Joyce's wife, Megan, also a former HR staffer, will manage the 70-seat restaurant.
Michael Mariola, chef and owner of Wooster's highly regarded South Market Bistro (151 S. Market St., 330.264.3663, www.southmarketbistro.com), just celebrated the opening of his second restaurant, City Square Steakhouse (148 S. Market St., 330.262.2489, www.citysquaresteakhouse.com). Located directly across the street from SMB, the "fine-casual steakhouse" serves hand-cut steaks, seafood, pasta and house-made sides. Built into a historic 130-year-old property, the 80-seat restaurant boasts original brick walls, hardwood flooring and exposed beams.
Since opening Crop Bistro (1400 W. Sixth St., 216.696.2767, www.cropbistro.com) a year ago, chef-owner Steve Schimoler has gotten props for his innovative and fun-spirited American cuisine. With the launch of Tour de Crop, he is, as one might say, kicking things up a notch. Each Wednesday, adventurous diners can surrender all control to the creative chef and settle in for an unforgettable (and unidentified) seven-course feast. The $65 prix fixe meal takes diners from amuse bouche to decadent dessert, with delicious stops along the way. The dishes change weekly, so keep coming. Reservations for Tour de Crop are required. (Mention food allergies, intolerances or vegetarian preferences when you call.) Sun Luck Garden (1901 S. Taylor Rd., 216.397.7676, www.sunluckgarden.com), which has been closed due to the owner's health, has reopened for dinner. Lunches should commence in mid-October. firstname.lastname@example.org