Looks like hungry Richfield workers won’t have to go much longer without a place to hang: The Taverne of Richfield (3960 Broadview Rd.) is set for a comeback, possibly as early as this summer.
While details are still sketchy, property owner Chera Doty says extensive interior renovations to the circa-1880 building are already underway, including new paint, lighting fixtures, bathrooms, and a completely updated kitchen. Akron-area restaurateur, Freddy Salem, has come onboard as a partner, and is developing the menu; and plans are underway to turn a smaller home on the property into an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Old timers may recall that the original Taverne of Richfield was the late Mel Rose’s once-trendy destination for post-Coliseum dining. Doty and her husband, Robert, bought the ornate, three-story building – at various times, allegedly everything from a dance hall to a bordello – from Rose in the mid-1990s, leasing it to the Stancato family in 1998. The spot operated as Stancato’s Café until this January, and has been empty ever since.
Doty says the new restaurant will be upscale but not formal, and should grow into a destination for diners throughout the region. “It means a lot to me to be able to preserve this old place,” she says, “and to keep Mel’s memory alive.” -- Elaine T. Cicora