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The Rib Cage Smokehouse and Bar expanding to Ohio City

March 7, 2018 GMT

The Rib Cage Smokehouse and Bar expanding to Ohio City

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Rib Cage Smokehouse and Bar, a fixture in Cleveland Heights since 2012, is expanding to West 25th Street in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

The barbecue restaurant plans to open by “end of April, beginning of May,” said Brandon Hill, general manager and son of Robert Hill, who owns both locations. The restaurant on Lee Road in Cleveland Height will remain open. The Ohio City restaurant will be at 1979 W. 25th St., in the spot formerly occupied by Orale Contemporary Mexican Kitchen.

“We’re personalizing the building, giving it our touch,” Hill said, with painting and other work under way to hit the goal of being open by “barbecue season.”

The family considered spots in Wickliffe and on the West Side down Detroit Avenue. But Hill said the location was the key draw.

“I heard a lot of good things, and it was a good opportunity,” he said. ”(The area is) up and coming.”

In addition to the potential of the area – a neighborhood Hill is familiar with, having lived in nearby Tremont – there aren’t many barbecue places.

“Everything will be the same, from the smoke flavor, the prices – everything, the meat and the sides,” he said. The place will stay open till 2 a.m., which means The Rib Cage has a potential happy and hungry clientele coming out of nearby breweries. Its next-door neighbor is Bad Tom Smith Brewing, which opened last year.