It's been two and a half years since chef Pete Joyce opened his ingredient-driven, Mediterranean-flavored Bistro on Lincoln Park. The time has come, he says, to do a little retooling.
"We've been wanting to make some changes for a while now, and August is historically a slow month," Joyce explains.
"The timing was right."
The restaurant on Tremont's Lincoln Park closed on Monday, August 29, with plans to relaunch on Wednesday, September 7. When it reopens, it will sport new paint, lighting, furniture, and fixtures. More important: It will feature two brand-new menus.
The most significant physical changes will be seen in the bar room, says Joyce. On tap is a less formal look: Tablecloths are being pulled; high tops, lounge chairs, and coffee tables added.
Two new menus — one for service throughout the restaurant, the other for use in the bar only — will be unveiled along with the physical changes. Both will reflect a slightly new direction for the kitchen, says Joyce.
"We are morphing from Mediterranean to contemporary American," he explains. A more seafood-centric menu will build upon the chef's years at Blue Point Grill and Salmon Dave's.
Items on the bar menu will range from small to not so small, with bar snacks, salads, sandwiches, and bistro specialties. Options will include lamb sliders, confit turkey wings, and Tuscan Bolognese with polenta.
New entrée items will include surf and turf of American Wagyu carpaccio with lobster salad, Maine lobster pot pie, deconstructed braised short ribs, and a new house steak specialty.
The bistro is at 2391 West 11th St. in Tremont. Call 216-862-2969 for more details.
Pub Redub: The carcass of The Pub in Rocky River was still warm when the team behind the Burntwood Tavern planted its flag on the property. The owners intend to open a West Side location of the popular Chagrin Falls restaurant by mid-October.
When we spoke to owner Bret Adams last summer as he was preparing to open the first location, he said the goal was to operate multiple units. Apparently, he is a man of his word. When it opens in fall, the Rocky River Burntwood Tavern should mimic the handsome original in terms of atmosphere, food, and service.
"We're looking to build on the success that we have enjoyed in Chagrin Falls," explains GM Ian Hopkins. "Rocky River seemed like a logical fit in terms of demographics. That area of town is great, with a great clientele."
Already busy with construction, the space will be reworked to create a warm and rustic American tavern. Walls are coming down, reclaimed barn wood is going up. Larger than the original location, the West Side version will seat more than 130 diners, including a 40-seat bar.
Guests can expect a menu identical to that found on the East Side, says Hopkins. Chef Ryan Scanlon will be making the move across town.
"We're going to do the same thing that we do here," adds Hopkins, "which is providing a guest-centric focus on the entire business. Every day and every guest that walks in the door, we're giving them a great experience. That translates from East to West and everywhere else."
The new Burntwood Tavern will be at 19304 Detroit Rd. Check out burntwoodtavern.com for more info.