Strongsville Maha’s among victims of killer winter for restaurants

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Strongsville residents are coming to grips with life without falafel, since last month’s shutdown of their local Maha’s Falafil outpost. According to owner Sam Zayed, the one-year-old satellite simply never attracted enough business to survive. Happily, Maha’s devotees can still get their fix at the original location, inside the West Side Market (1979 W. 25th St., 216-696-6999); after 21 years, business there continues to boom. ... Also shuttered this winter, the Twinsburg location of Austin’s Smokin’ Steakhouse; two other Austin’s outposts – in Brecksville and Mayfield Village – remain open. Owner Dan Campbell hopes to sell the Twinsburg space to another restaurateur; if that doesn’t work out, he may launch a new, non-steakhouse, concept in the location. Other recently noted closures include The Metro Seafood & Steakhouse in Painesville; Peking Gourmet in University Heights.; downtown’s venerable New Yorker Deli; Mayfield Heights’ Buca di Beppo location; and Blake’s Seafood Grill in Chagrin Falls. One bit of happy news: Hudson’s Yours Truly (36 S. Main St., 330-656-2900) reopened last Saturday, eleven days after a small electrical fire forced a hurried shutdown. While the fire itself was limited to a two-foot section of wall, smoke damage sparked an extensive cleanup. --- Elaine T. Cicora Read Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at clevescene.com.

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