Chef Josh Kabat loved sandwiches so much, he opened a downtown eatery devoted mainly to the craft. It’s been six years since Cleveland Pickle opened its doors at 850 Euclid Avenue, during which time the owners launched – and closed – a west-side outpost and birthed a retail pickle line.
That pickle line is all that remains now that the downtown shop abruptly closed its doors on January 31.
“Our lease is up,” explains Kabat. “We had to make a decision if we wanted to commit to more years operating a restaurant. If we did, we need to open more locations so we can start making the kind of money we want to support our family. As you know, there's not a lot of money to be made with one sandwich shop, you need many.”
Kabat says that for now he’ll focus on his retail pickle line, which is being carried by all the major local grocers and is being distributed across 11 states. He and his wife Kiaran also are launching a new product line geared specifically to pregnant ladies called Preggo Pickle
. The products utilize ingredients that provide relief from pregnancy symptoms, notes Kabat, such as fresh lemon and lavender to calm and fresh ginger to relieve nausea.
“We are sad to go and not be able to serve all of the great customers that helped make us the best sandwich shop in the city, but this is a decision we are happy that we made,” says Kabat. “If you wanna soar with the eagles, you have to jump at some.”