Beefsteak to open in Cleveland, first location in Ohio

December 11, 2017

Beefsteak to open in Cleveland, first location in Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Beefsteak is planning to open its first restaurant in the Great Lakes region with plans to move into the Cleveland Clinic in March.

Despite the oxymoronic name, the fast-casual restaurant is billed as “vegetable-centric.” A rep said it will be the sixth Beefsteak to open; the others are along the Atlantic Seaboard, in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland.

Beefsteak was created by James Beard Foundation-honored chef José Andrés, who was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in 2012.

The restaurant debuted in 2015. The Cleveland location will be in Cleveland Clinic’s Crile Building, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

While the restaurant is not vegetarian, the menu offers combinations with vegetables, grains and greens, with assorted toppings like kimchi, sesame seeds and cherry tomatoes. Veggie sandwiches (Beefsteak Tomato Burger, Gazpacho Bowl) and soups also are on the menu.

Northeast Ohio has seen fast-casual conceptual restaurants pop up in recent years, among them Tom+Chee (grilled cheese and tomato soup), Blaze Pizza and PizzaFire (pizza), Nonna Pazza (Italian, in Jack Casino) and Wahlburgers (burgers and more).

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