As phase two of the three-part development plan in the Flats got under way, the East Bank has sprung to life seemingly overnight. With eight new additions this summer, the Flats has begun catering to a more hip demographic. Flowering now with concept bars and high-end eateries, the neighborhood is fast-becoming one of the 216's trendiest areas. Here are the newest dance and dinner spots to rise up in last few months.
Alley Cat Oyster Bar
1056 Old River Rd
From the mind of California-obsessed restaurateur Zack Bruell, Alley Cat leaped onto the East Bank early August. With his 10th Cleveland restaurant, Bruell told Scene Alley Cat was his take on west coast pier restaurants. To be expected, Alley Cat's menu features an extensive list of oysters and wine, as well as a smattering of beef and seafood dishes. With a waterfront view and seating for 350, Alley Cat also hopes to snag the attention of wedding planners and corporate dinner parties by offering its space for rent.
1050 West 10th
The newest addition to the Flats, Flip Side's East Bank location opened its doors Tuesday. Not a stranger to the area, Flip Side has four other locations, the closest in Rocky River. The burger bar offers what's to be expected from a burger bar: 20-odd burgers and the option to add liquor to any milkshake. As a bar, Flip Side offers what's lacking on the strip: a low-key, cost-efficient hangout spot. Sandwiched between uptempo clubs and big band bars, Flip Side emphasizes casual dining with a simple menu and minimalist decor.
Big Bang Piano Bar
1163 Front Ave
Another August addition, the Big Bang is a national franchise that swooped into Cleveland to liven up the place. A watering hole featuring dueling pianos, the Big Bang boasts a pretty large dance floor and live, all-request entertainment each night. With two pianos sat opposite each other on-stage, musicians take requests but emphasize classic rock anthems.