Downtown Cleveland’s New Food and Drink Scene
By Vince Guerrieri

Downtown Cleveland’s New Food and Drink Scene

The look and character of downtown Cleveland continues to change, and the number of hip, hotspots for food and drink is growing and adding to this dynamic city!

East Fourth Street between Euclid and Prospect has become a center for nightlife, with bars, clubs and restaurants. Most recently, it was filled with a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd for the Cavs opener. ESPN even set up a stage – right across from Butcher and the Brewer, the newest addition to East Fourth Street.

The microbrewery and restaurant, which opened in September is run by the same folks behind the Tremont Taphouse. Butcher and the Brewer features a variety of meats and beers, as the name indicates. The restaurant has a butcher and charcutier – someone who prepares meat dishes, or charcuterie to the French – on staff. There are plans to open a butcher shop selling cuts of meat, but that’s still in the works.

The menu features a variety of options, from meals to mixing and matching of meats and cheeses to create a sampler plate. The brewery has the capacity for up to 10 barrels at a time, and offers a variety of brews to please any palate. The stainless steel brewing kettles are functional, but also decorative – and downright imposing.

Across the street from Butcher and the Brewer is the future site of Mabel, celebrity chef Michal Symon’s latest restaurant in Cleveland. East Fourth is home to Symon’s Lola, but he announced plans in July for a barbecue restaurant with Cleveland flavor. The sauce will be based on the iconic Bertman Ballpark Mustard.

Downtown Cleveland has been all abuzz with the opening of The 9 on East Ninth Street, a luxurious boutique hotel, apartments and concierge living. The building, on the site of the former Cleveland Trust Co., includes the Vault Social Lounge. Vault makes use of the buildings former life as a bank, with dining and party rooms available behind heavy doors of, well, vaults.


Over in the Playhouse Square area, Hofbrauhaus Cleveland opened in October. There are several locations of the restaurant – which tries to recreate the feel of the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich – throughout the Midwest, but this is the first in Ohio (another one, in Columbus, opened shortly after the Cleveland location).

The restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, features German cuisine served by staff in classic German attire. There’s a small stage on one end of the restaurant, which features communal seating in long tables, and on the other end are two large copper-plated kettles for brewing beer. The restaurant will soon be brewing all its own beer as well.

So come enjoy the hip new food and drink scene in Cleveland. It won’t disappoint!

About the Author

Vincent Guerrieri has been a writer for all of his professional life. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a bachelor's degree. His works include writing for newspapers in major cities, online news sources, regional publications, public relations/speech writing, and as a contributor to the Ohio. Find It Here. travel blog.