By mid-September, Brecksville will be home to an ambitious new steakhouse concept called Seared. The 250-seat restaurant is going into the space (8188 Brecksville Rd.) formerly occupied by Old Spanish Tavern, Mama Rosa Ristorante, and many other failed eateries.
"This will be a little different than just a steakhouse concept," explains GM Robin Schulze. "There will be [USDA] Prime steaks, but also fresh seafood and a raw bar." That raw bar will be separate from the main bar and feature oysters, clams, shrimp and other shellfish.
The upscale restaurant will offer traditional steakhouse fare with modern touches, she adds. A large bar and lounge area joins a white tablecloth dining room in the main section, while a loft and VIP section will cater to high-rollers who still favor bottle service. Down the road, a large outdoor patio and rooftop deck will complete the complex.
The décor is described as eclectic, with traditional features like chandeliers and old wood beams combined with modern light fixtures and contemporary paint colors.
"Brecksville is a pretty wealthy area," notes Schulze, "which fits our price point. There's really nowhere around here that offers the same vibe."