In just over four years’ time, Bret Adams has managed to assemble a five-restaurant (and counting) empire since opening his first Burntwood Tavern in Chagrin Falls. With additional locations in Rocky River, Solon, Brecksville and Cuyahoga Falls, the fast-growing concept clearly has legs. Before the end of the year, Adams will open a brand new concept, again using Chagrin Falls as the starting point.
M Italian, “an upscale-casual Italian eatery,” will open on W. Orange Street, in the heart of the village, before the end of the year. Named after his wife, the restaurant will feature simple Italian dishes with contemporary twists. Diners can look forward to salads, pastas and wood-fired pizzas — all made from scratch in house.
"Our goal is to give village residents and visitors a great place to enjoy a comfortable lunch, a casual cocktail, or a night on the town," explains Adams. "We're committed to establishing another great landmark addition to the great Chagrin Falls dining community."
When finished, the space at 22 W. Orange St., in the former Ski and Sport Haus building, will channel an Italian vibe, with exposed bricks, rustic beams, plush fabrics and soft lighting. An outdoor patio will have a covered portion plus casual seating around a large fire pit.
A unique feature of the restaurant will be a window wall that offers diners a look into an adjoining glass studio, where artists and students will be blowing hot glass.
"Four years ago, we opened the first Burntwood Tavern in Chagrin Falls," Adams says. "We were very humbled by how the Chagrin Valley embraced our original concept, and we're thrilled to provide this area with another distinctive dining experience."