Cleveland chef Rocco Whalen is planning to expand his popular Fahrenheit restaurant and will be opening up a second location in early October. However, Fahrenheit 2 will be opening out of state, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Whalen says that the new Fahrenheit restaurant will be the first open-air rooftop restaurant in Charlotte, located "20 floors above the city skyline." The restaurant will be located on top of The Skye Condominiums, a luxury mixed-use building at the corner of Third and Caldwell streets in Center City, Charlotte. This building also includes a seven-story Hyatt Hotel, a tower of luxury condo living, and six floors of parking.
The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will seat 200 and will feature a pair of linear pits. About 80 percent of the new location's menu will replicate that of the original Tremont location. The restaurant will provide room service to the Hyatt's guests, as well as meals-to-order for tenants in the building, in addition to being open to the public.
Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who made a name for himself earlier this month when he helped to rescue kidnapping victim Amanda Berry, has now earned himself free burgers for life. More than a dozen Ohio restaurants and at least one in Pennsylvania have pledged free burgers for life for Ramsey.
Ramsey had mentioned in a number of interviews this month that he had been eating a McDonald's burger when he heard the screams from the house across the street, which spurred McDonald's to tweet out that they would "be in touch."
Hodge's Cleveland, the downtown restaurant where Ramsey works, was the first to pay homage to Ramsey by naming a Big Mac- like burger after. The Ramsay Burger started out as a temporary addition to the menu, but has since become permanent. The idea has also spread to other restaurants.
Fans of John Q's Steakhouse in downtown Cleveland may want to make one last stop in to enjoy the restaurant's food and atmosphere, as next month the historic Cleveland restaurant will close its doors for good. After decades of service to Clevelanders, owner Rick Cassara says that John Q's will close on June 15.
Cassara says that the closure was a "business decision", and that it was a very sad day for many of his longtime employees.
When Amanda Berry made the call to 9-1-1 operators asking for help after she had escape the confines of Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home, where she was held for a decade, many people were upset and outraged with the way that the operator handled the call. The dispatcher was accused of being dismissive, but now faces even more serious accusations: that he called Amanda Berry a f---ing bitch.
It's absolutely shocking and unthinkable, but fortunately, the authorities are taking the complaints about the dispatcher's call seriously. The 911 call is now under investigation to determine if he indeed cursed at the woman who'd been kidnapped, raped, and held prisoner for ten long years.
Allegedly, the individual who fielded the call cursed at Berry at the very end of it, saying "f---ing bitch." You can listen to it and decide for yourself. The alleged remarks come at the 1:42 mark in the video below.
Berry, along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held prisoner in Castro's home for ten years, where they were repeated raped and beaten. He is also the father of Berry's six-year-old daughter.
Former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid, 62, announced on Monday that he is planning to run for the Cuyahoga County Executive position that will be vacated by Ed FitzGerald in 2014 when he runs for governor.
Reid says that he has considered running for the position since April. He believes that his 25 years of experience in city and county affairs makes him qualified for the job. In addition to being a county sheriff for four years, Reid was also a city manager and police chief in Bedford for 10 years.
Reid was appointed Cuyahoga County Sheriff in December 2009 to head up a department that had been plagued by scandal under the leadership of former sheriff Gerald McFaul.
As a tribute to local hero Charles Ramsey, the man who helped free Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight earlier this month, Hodge's Cleveland has created the "Ramsey Burger".
The Ramsey Burger includes an 8-ounce all-beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles on a sesame seed bun. If that sounds familiar, it should. These are the same ingredients in the Big Mac that Ramsey was eating when he responded to the calls from the trapped women.
The World Series of Poker is finally coming to Cleveland, but it won't be until 2014.
The WSOP's 2013-14 circuit tour was released on Wednesday and includes a run in Cleveland from March 20 to 31, 2014. Another new stop has been added to the tour, which will be at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati from September 19 to 30, 2013.
The WSOP tour will kick off on August 17 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, and will travel to 22 cities before the Circuit National Championship is held in May 2014 at Caesars Atlantic City.
The winner from each of the 22 stop's Main Event will automatically earn a place in the national championship.
The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland was due to have been on the WSOP in March of this year, however those plans were scrapped when Ohio gambling regulators refused to allow the use of the ballroom at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.
The Cleveland Corned Beef Company and Angelo's PIzza are joining scores of local residents and businesses in stepping up and helping the three missing women who were found alive after being held captive in a Seymour Avenue home for a decade.
The Cleveland Corned Beef Company's restaurant is located at 5164 Pearl Rd. in Cleveland, and the event will run from 7am to 6pm. The company will donate 100 percent of its sales on Saturday to the Cleveland Courage Fund.
Angelo's Pizza, which is located at 13715 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, is also donating 100 percent of pizza sales on Thursday to the Cleveland Courage Fund. Employees are also donating their hourly pay to the kidnapping victims.
The Cleveland Courage Fund was set up last week to benefit Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, who were held captive for about ten years before Berry escaped and got police to help rescue the others.
Ariel Castro, 52, who has been arrested as the suspect who kidnapped and held captive three young women in his Cleveland home for a decade, will plead not guilty if indicted on kidnapping and rape charges, according to the man's lawyer.
Attorney Craig Weintraub says that Castro is not a "monster" as he has been portrayed in the media, stating:
"The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a 'monster' and that's not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours. I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well."
One of the women held in Castro's home on Seymour Avenue for 10 years, Amanda Berry, has a six-year-old daughter named Jocelyn by Castro. Attorney Jaye Schlachet notes:
"I can tell you that Mr. Castro is extremely committed to the well being and positive future for his daughter, who he loves dearly. And if people find that to be a disconnect from what he's alleged to have done, then the people will just have to deal with it. We just know how he feels about his little girl."
Two other women - Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight - were also rescued at the same time Amanda Berry escaped from Castro's home.
Kidnapped in April 2003 at the age of 16, Amanda Berry was freed earlier this month after escaping the abductor who held her captive for a decade. Berry, now 27, had been sexually abused by her captor and gave birth to her six-year-old daughter during the time she was held against her will. Now, her relatives in Tennessee are hoping that she will join them there to start a new life.
Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, passed away while she was being held captive in the Seymour Ave. home, just miles from where she lived in Cleveland. Her mother never gave up hope that she would be found alive.
Berry's relatives are hoping that she will move to Tennessee so that she can be closer to her father and extended family.