Tremont-Based La Bodega to Open Second Sandwich Shop Across Town


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It’s been 13 years since Mike Weigand and Jeff Eisenberg transitioned from running the Hi & Dry restaurant to opening the quick-serve sandwich shop La Bodega (869 Jefferson Ave., 216-621-7075). Things are going so well, says Weigand, that it’s time to expand across town. As soon as next week, La Bodega could be selling its delicious hand-crafted hoagies from its second location at 3859 Superior Avenue, the former home of Angie’s Soul Café and the Town Fryer.

“It’s a great space,” Weigand says. “We’ve been looking over there for a couple of years but never found what we were looking for until this place came up. What we’ve found is that a lot of our clients who are trekking all the way to Tremont are coming from that area.”

The restaurant is significantly larger than the Tremont shop, giving the partners more room to cook and serve customers. Occupancy should land in the 50- to 60-seat range and the roomy kitchen will offer much-needed prep space for both locations.

“It is much bigger than the Tremont space,” Weigand notes. “People think we have a kitchen in the back but we don’t — what you see is what you get.”

Diners can look forward to the same menu of salads, sandwiches and subs. The partners might expand into pastries and other sweets depending on what the clientele calls for.

“We’ll listen to the neighborhood to see what types of food and hours they’re looking for,” he says. “We’ll very likely be closed on Sundays.”

Inside didn’t require much more than a good freshening up, which included a new coat of paint and spiffed-up floors. Weigand’s niece, a city planner and former staffer at Tremont, will live upstairs and run the shop.

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