Many things have closed in this city that I miss. From Higbee’s downtown, to Hough Bakery – even Geauga Lake (granted I haven’t been there in ages, but it’s downright depressing and eerie to drive by and just to know it’s not part of our city anymore). And when it comes to restaurants, Battuto and Mojo’s are two I wish never closed doors. So while I patiently wait for news that (hopefully), one of the former Battuto chefs will pop up somewhere and resurrect that delicious bucatini all amatriciana, as least I can visit Metropolitan for another favorite dish from a restaurant that has since left us: Michael Herschman’s calamari.
It’s been easily 3.5 years since we last ate at Metropolitan Cafe. And truthfully, if it weren’t for Herschman taking over the kitchen, in wouldn’t cross our mind to go anytime soon.
I like Herschman. I think he has a lot of talent and have always been happy with his dishes, from Mojo to Vivo. I just wish he would stay put. He’s a flight risk for restaurant management, and I’m not sure why. All I know is he changes jobs – a lot. So hopefully he found a restaurant where he can set some roots, which will make his fans happy.