CLEVELAND -- The culinary scene in downtown Cleveland is on fire with 36 new restaurants opening in just the last 18 months.
From Tomo in the Warehouse district to Ken Stewart's in the Flats, your palette is in for a treat.
Whether you're on a date, or you just want to take the family out for a good time, there are plenty of options to choose from in downtown Cleveland.
"We're seeing a nice portfolio of local restaurateurs, and, as you know, Cleveland has become really a national Mecca for chefs, and we're starting to see the results of that," explained Joseph Marinucci, president of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.
"It's really a reflection of the amount of activity that's occurring in downtown," he continued.
With most downtown apartments and condos at or near full occupancy and more developers investing in downtown, Marinucci anticipates growth will continue in the restaurant sector.
"There's been a lot of great investment downtown when you look at the casino, the flats east bank project, the convention center, so that public and private investment that's occurring has added to the momentum," he said.
Executive Chef Tony Fortner has already noticed this momentum at his downtown eatery Stonetown Soul Fusion, which opened doors just seven months ago on Prospect Avenue.
"We posted the menu in the window and people walked by and looked and started to see the different things that we offer ... and before you know it, the Cavs players started coming in, the Browns players started coming in, and before you knew it we were on the map," said Fortner.
The same success has also been found in the Flats by Lago owner Fabio Salerno.
"We've been here six weeks," said Salerno. "It's been great, every week has been building and building, and we have another place downtown too.
"I've worked downtown for a long time, and this is the first time in 18 years I've seen a lot of growth happen in the city, and a lot of people are excited about Cleveland and being downtown," he said.
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