Pasta is not a new love of mine, but I’ve been looking for fresh ways to indulge in classic Italian. The Garganelli Diavolo with shrimp from Bar Italia covers familiar ground with thick garganelli noodles, shrimp and chives but the spicy diavolo sauce added a kick that made me fall in love right away. Read more...

Bar Italia is set to open Thursday, April 1, in the space that formerly operated as Lindey’s Lake House, owner Rick Doody announced. Lindey’s - which was open for more than two years next to another Doody-owned restaurant, Cedar Creek Grille – is being converted to the Italian concept with a focus on comfort food and classic Mediterranean-inspired dishes designed for a carry-out / delivery-focused environment. Read more...

“I’m humble enough to say that if it doesn’t work, that’s okay. We tried,” says Rick Doody, owner of Cedar Creek Grille, 17 River Grille, Bar Italia and, at least through Valentine’s Day weekend, Lindey’s Lake House in Beachwood. Just last month, Doody announced that he was re-concepting his two-year-old Lakewood eatery, Lindey's Lake House, to Bar Italia. At the time, the co-founder of Bravo and Brio restaurants expressed a hesitancy to do the same in Beachwood,...

This interview was conducted by freelance writer Sarah Durn. What exactly does it take to keep an award-winning Cleveland restaurant running smoothly? From hostesses to managers to dishwashers, we’re giving you a behind the scenes look at what running a restaurant is really like. Welcome to another installment of our “Day in the Life” series! Today, we talked with manager and Director of Operations, Tim Davin. Tim has been an integral member of the Next Cool Restaurant...

This interview was conducted by freelance writer Sarah Durn. A Day in the Life of Hostess Alex, Who Started Work Only Days After Coming to the USA What exactly does it take to keep an award-winning Cleveland restaurant running smoothly? From hostesses to managers to dishwashers, we’re giving you a behind the scenes look at what running a restaurant is really like. Welcome to another installment of our “Day in the Life” series! Today, we talked with longtime...

The menu is loaded with approachable dishes like sausage-stuffed hot peppers, fried calamari and shrimp, and burrata with grilled country bread. Entrees include classic chicken parmesan, parmesan-crusted chicken in lemon butter sauce, veal Marsala with spaghetti pomodoro, three-meat lasagna, and grilled branzino. Read more...

This interview was conducted by freelance writer Sarah Durn. What exactly does it take to keep an award-winning Cleveland restaurant running smoothly? From hostesses to managers to dishwashers, we’re bringing you on a behind the scenes tour of what running a restaurant is really like. Welcome to another installment of our “Day in the Life” series! Today, we talked with a beloved, longtime staff member at Lindey’s Lakehouse, Bill Harmon. Bill told us what a typical day...

For the better part of the fall, the scuttlebutt around Lakewood’s culinary scene had to do with changes afoot at Detroit Avenue restaurant Lindey’s Lake House, which opened its doors in 2019. It turns out that the rumors were true, with Lindey’s Lake House being renamed and rebranded Bar Italia. The new eatery is expected to open later this month. Read more...

Big changes are coming to Lakewood, says Rick Doody, restaurateur behind such concepts as Cedar Creek Grille, 17 River Grille and Lindey’s Lake House. Drawing on his roots as co-founder of Bravo and Brio restaurants, Doody is converting the format at his two-year-old Lakewood eatery, Lindey's Lake House, to Bar Italia, starring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. Read more...

This interview was conducted by freelance writer Sarah Durn. Ever wonder what it’s like to manage an award-winning Cleveland restaurant? Or what goes into creating some of our most popular recipes like our cedar plank roasted Sixty South salmon? We thought so! Over the course of the next four newsletters, we’ll be letting you in on some of our restaurant trade secrets. We’ll be interviewing some of the people behind our restaurants’ success, like executive chef Rob...

After 2 years operating Lindey's Lake House in Lakewood, Next Cool Restaurants is returning to their deep roots in Italian cuisine. NCR’s new restaurant, Bar Italia, will offer fresh pastas and homemade sauces and other Italian specialties from recipes passed down through the family. The menu is specifically designed for a carry-out and delivery intensive environment. NCR announced that the Lakewood Bar Italia is planning to open its doors in late January. The conversion to Bar...

17 River Grille's Waterfront Dining Destination Owner Rick Doody opened the new Chagrin Falls restaurant as an homage to the city in August. The former Jekyll’s Kitchen spot, one of our favorite hideaways, has been renovated into a new destination dining location that banks on the views of Chagrin Falls.17 River Grille, opened by Lindey’s Lake House Restaurant owner Rick Doody in August, features an American contemporary menu of steaks, seafood and more. Doody, who grew up in...

While I’ve not visited the Lindey’s locations in Beachwood and Lakewood, I’ve heard good things from those who have. I had been to the Cleveland location’s previous incarnation, Coastal Tacos, and wanted to see what Northeast Ohio-based ownership group NCR Ventures had accomplished with this major makeover. (This Lindey’s opened in April 2019, a few months after the one in Beachwood and shortly before the Lakewood spot.)   Read more...

When the next "Best of Cleveland" issue flies off the presses, you likely will see a new name beneath the category of "Best View." That winner will be 17 River, the new Chagrin Falls eatery from Rick Doody (Lindey’s Lake House, Cedar Creek Grille) and partners Joseph Saccone and Richard Hauck (Hyde Park), which has been undergoing significant renovations since March 14. On that date, Jekyll’s Kitchen closed its doors following 10 years of service in...

Rick Doody makes it his mission to invite everyone to the table. "I get jazzed by watching the underdog be successful," said Doody. "I'm a believer that anybody can do whatever they want. You're not playing with a full deck to start with; you're starting from behind. The reality is: what can we do to help them?" Doody invited a dozen teens from Cleveland’s Boys and Girls Club to Lindey’s Lake House, his new Beachwood Restaurant....

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