It has always been a part of Brian Okin’s master plan to build off the success of Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen, which he opened almost two years back in Broadview Heights. In preparation for that day he’s been busy assembling a core team of front and back-of-the-house talent that will oversee any future restaurants. In addition to co-owner and chef Adam Bostwick, Okin has brought in chef Brian Toomey, an alumnus of Verve and Black Pig, Okin’s wife Amanda, a front-of-house pro from Red and Lola, and Dave Hridel, a talented and popular bar manager most recently working at Spice.
That team will get to work immediately on its next project; transforming the recently purchased Reddstone (1261 W. 76th St.), which has been “closed for remodeling” since New Year’s Day, into Graffiti Social Kitchen. Reddstone originally was opened in 2007 by chef Josh Kabat, who now owns two Cleveland Pickle sandwich shops. In 2012, it changed hands, going to a restaurant group that included Fabio Salerno.
Following a largely cosmetic tune-up, Graffiti could be up and running by early February, says Okin. As for the menu, fans of Cork & Cleaver can expect the same bold, creative food in a slightly different package.