Izzy Schachner is one of the few local food truck operators to effectively translate his mobile success into a bustling brick-and-mortar restaurant. StrEat Burger Bistro (16300 Detroit Ave., 216-226-0056, streatburger.com) opened last August in Lakewood and has been doing great business, according to its owner. But factors outside his control are forcing him to pack it in and ponder his next move.
The landlord of his storefront is Trinity Lutheran Church of Lakewood, which is situated next door. When Schachner approached them with his plans to improve the kitchen, expand into an adjacent space, and build a bar, he was informed that they had agreed to sell the property to a developer. He could remain open until early February, they informed him.
“People love us. People continue to love us and enjoy what we’re doing,” he says. “And Lakewood has been a great city to do this in. It’s kind of an unfortunate perfect storm of a situation.”
Schachner still has a thriving food truck and catering business, often working on set with local and visiting film crews. And he hasn’t yet thrown in the towel on another StrEat Burger Bistro, saying that “there’s a very good possibility that there will be another one.”
But most of all, he’s looking out for his loyal customer base, who might have in their possession gift cards or Living Social coupons.
“We want to make sure our customers have time to use them before we close,” he says.
The last night for StrEat Burger Bistro will be Saturday, February 7.