Mitchell's Ice Cream to Take Over Vacant Moda Spot in Ohio City


1 comment


The Moda nightclub building was a black spot on Ohio City when it was open, the scene of fights, drugs, and crowds that drew countless complaints from residents. Then the owner was put away for laundering money and the building sat empty for years, a black spot in a whole new way. Efforts to open a new bar or club were blocked by just about everyone involved.

But ice cream? Who doesn't love them some ice cream.

The PD reports today that Mitchell's, the local purveyor of some of the finest ice cream known to man, signed an agreement to buy the Moda building where it plans to open a store and move its kitchen operation.

"We have no interest in having a store anywhere outside the Greater Cleveland area," Pete Mitchell told the paper. "So we want to make sure we have a presence in the city of Cleveland." For now, Mitchell's has been centered on the fringes of Northeast Ohio — Bay Village, Beachwood, Rocky River, Solon, Westlake and soon to be in Avon and Strongsville.

As for the nitty gritty on the numbers:

Cleveland has offered Mitchell's $220,000 in loans, through programs aimed at reviving vacant properties and supporting retail businesses.

Mitchell's will assume the balance - $76,798 - on a $120,000 loan that the city provided for the Moda redevelopment in 1999. The loan term will be extended to 20 years.

The ice cream slingers say they hope to be operational in Ohio City by Spring 2012.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.