Crop Bistro & Bar chef and owner Steve Schimoler will open two new restaurants, Crop Kitchen & Vine and Cropicana, in the new Flats East Bank development. Both restaurants, which will be developed as part of Phase II opening in Spring 2015, will offer diverse dining concepts and riverfront views.
"There is no question the Flats offers Cleveland's best real estate with its riverfront location and we wanted to be part of it. This is a strategic move for us to join in the positive momentum of yet another growing neighborhood in Cleveland," says Schimoler.
Crop Kitchen & Vine and Cropicana will offer two distinct concepts in 10,000 square feet of space, each with their own expansive riverfront patios and open kitchens with chef seating, a signature of Schimoler venues. While both menus will be unique and decidedly different than the original Crop Bistro & Bar, both will offer the familiarity of Crop's innovative "sometimes whimsical" cuisine.
Crop Kitchen & Vine will be a more casual version of the original bistro with a warm, rustic atmosphere and comfort cuisine. The price points will be a bit lower, featuring traditional items like pot-roast and apple pie. The country-rooted fare will also feature many unique smoked dishes.
And with two wine spectator awards under his belt, Schimoler will offer a diverse wine program at Crop Kitchen & Vine. A robust selection of small batch boutique wines will be available by the glass.
Directly next to Crop Kitchen & Vine, Cropicana will offer authentic, upscale Mexican fare with Latin and South American influence. The Cropicana name may be familiar from a one-summer stint at Whiskey Island, but the name is the only thing that will remain the same in Schimoler's new concept.
A signature meal may include braised short ribs with poblano corn pudding with a rich mole negro that has been cooked for two days, an attention to detail for which Crop is well known.
The restaurant will feature an extensive tequila selection,culinary infused margaritas and other libations.
The two new restaurants will share a prep kitchen, but each will have their own open kitchen inside the individual restaurants featuring chef tables or counters for a direct look into the behind the scenes meal preparation. They will also share the area's first outdoor kitchen to better serve the patio guests.
Flats East Bank developers— The Wolstein Group led by Scott Wolstein and his mother Iris Wolstein, along with Fairmount Properties— have been fans of and frequent diners at Crop Bistro since it opened two years ago. In addition to Schimoler's culinary talent, they recognized his dedication to revitalizing Cleveland neighborhoods and continuing to strengthen the cities vibrant and diverse food scene.
"We are proud to welcome such a phenomenal culinary leader to the Flats," said Scott Wolstein. "Cleveland has an outstanding food scene and as a result we are already featuring local chef-driven restaurants in the project. But the time is right to look at attracting more top-level chefs from not just Cleveland, but outside even the City and State to again raise the bar. Steve has agreed to help us facilitate those discussions and communicate the opportunities to these chefs."
Developers are finalizing the financing of Phase II, which will include a 250-unit waterfront residential building as well as additional restaurant and retail offerings.
In addition to the Crop concepts, other restaurants/clubs slated for Phase 2 include BBR, The Beer Market Craft Beer Cellars, The Big Bang, Flip Side, FWD:, Panini's Bar & Grill and Toby Keith's Bar & Grill.
Already open are Constantino's Café, Ken Stewart's, Lago,Willeyville and w xyz bar (Aloft Hotel).
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