Significant Changes in Store for Larchmere’s Popular Jezebel’s Bayou

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In 2012, the folks behind Angie's Soul Café, Zanzibar Soul Fusion and Stonetown opened Jezebel’s Bayou (12718 Larchmere Blvd., 216-721-3877, jezebelsbayou.com) just off Shaker Square, bringing wonderfully prepared Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo, jambalaya and etouffee to the street.

That all will end the day after Valentine’s Day, when the restaurant will close for three weeks for renovations. It will reemerge under new management, with an as-yet-undisclosed new name, and a new menu devoted to American fare.

The new owner is Christopher King, who also runs the recently launched Vada Restaurant & Lounge in the former Grid space on St. Clair. While that club is geared toward a younger nightclub audience, King promises that the plans for his new east side venture will focus on providing a relaxed dining spot for its surrounding neighborhood.

“It’s night and day,” King says. “Vada is centered on entertainment and events, but the new location is purely a restaurant. At Larchmere, we really want to emphasize quality of food and quality of service.”

Some things will remain the same; current executive chef Joe McKenzie will stay aboard. But instead of fried alligator and New Orleans's style barbecue shrimp, he’ll offer up American dishes like honey-glazed salmon with bacon-crusted Brussels sprouts. The menu will focus heavily on small plates and starters, a tactic that harkens back to the days when this spot housed the forward-thinking Menu 6.

The GM will be Brittany Grace, who will move from the same position at Vada.

When guests do return following the break, they’ll experience something completely different, says King.

“You won’t even recognize the place,” King states, adding that significant attention will be paid to the décor. “We want to make it a little more contemporary, a little more cutting edge and modern. Cleveland is on the cusp of a rising culture of professionals and we really want to cater to that.”

Look for the place to reopen sometime in March.

With reporting by Nikki Delamotte


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