A Round of Boos . . . House of Brews (1087 Old River Road in the Flats) will host a Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday, October 30, with a $250 grand prize going to the guest in the most original Halloween get-up. Besides the costume contest (judging will be around 10 p.m.), the fun includes a chance to sample brewmaster Joe Marunowski's Autumn Spiced Ale, cooked up just for the occasion, or to begin working your way through the international list of nearly a hundred bottled beers. (And no, "Passed Out" does not qualify as a costume.) House of Brews opened September 8 in the old brick warehouse that formerly housed Boston-based John Harvard's Brew House. Much of the menu remains the same, with Chef Frank Zingale serving up comforting and well-prepared dishes like grilled meatloaf and savory oven-roasted pork chops. For reservations, call 216-623-BREW.
"With God as my witness, I'll never go hungry again!" . . . That probably means Scarlett has discovered Valley View Cinemark's Studio Eats, a fifty-seat café and coffee bar that takes movie snacks a few steps beyond Milk Duds and popcorn. The little dining area in the theater's lobby offers freshly made sandwiches and burgers, as well as wings, chicken tenders, and Vienna beef hotdogs. The way-cool part is that every messy little morsel can go with you into the theater, in a Studio Eats Meal Box. After the show, come back to the coffee bar for a Pierre's ice cream sundae, washed down with a latte or cappuccino. While Studio Eats are in Cinemark's largest theaters nationwide, this Valley View location is the only one in Ohio. The Dallas execs couldn't have picked a better spot: The theater's isolated Canal Road location makes hungry moviegoers a captive audience.
The Countdown Continues . . . Despite owner Richard Marthaller's hopes of quickly finding a replacement for former Chef Donna Chriszt, the doors are still locked at Jeso, 10427 Clifton Boulevard. The restaurant closed for a week's "vacation" in early August, according to the sign in the window. The sabbatical is now entering Week Ten, but, other than us, who's counting?
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