another zack bruell restaurant set to open soon

And I thought I had a lot on my plate. Thanks to North Coast Lifestyle’s tweet, I saw that Zack Bruell will be the latest chef to occupy a section of East 4th. According to the Plain Dealer, chef Bruell will open an Italian restaurant later this year:

Soon he’ll be lending his name, formidable imagination and precise execution to a fourth restaurant — this one planned for downtown Cleveland’s restaurant row on East Fourth Street. Look for Chinato to open this fall, at Fourth and Prospect Avenue.

“It will be an Italian restaurant — or, at least my take on Italian,” says Bruell.

By the way: If you’re curious about the name, chinato is an Italian wine that’s fortified with herbs, spices and various kinds of bark, producing a drink used as a digestif.

Food editor Joe Crea also included information on tomorrow’s opening of Bar Symon:

Casual is king on the menu, too. Grilled sausage platters, appetizers, a raw bar and bar snacks are major categories, with dishes as simple as feta- and oregano-laced popcorn ($3) or some really tasty Spicy Pork Cracklings ($4) to more upscale options like Duck Confit Sliders ($6 each) and Roasted Bone Marrow With Parsley and Chile ($8). I tore into a basket of really delicious Crispy Fried Organic Chicken lightly coated with fragrant truffle honey and strewn with crunchy rosemary sprigs ($15). Delicately sweet Bacon Creamed Corn ($4), its flavor intensified by simmering the kernels in a stock rendered from whole cobs, was a perfect side. But I loved what’s maybe the menu’s unlikeliest dish — Fried Brussels Sprouts ($5), an addictively tasty combination of quartered sprouts fried golden, then dressed with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, capers, Fresno chile, walnuts, parsley and anchovies.

Nothing on the menu exceeds $18, with the exception of the large-cut, spit-roasted prime rib ($24; the small portion is $17) served Friday nights only. Matthew Harlan is executive chef, Jason Bryson serves as sous chef, and pastry chef Cory Barrett will produce desserts for all of Symon’s local restaurants from the kitchen.

Good luck, Michael and Matt! We’ll be in soon for what will no doubt be the first of many visits (I have family in Avon so I’m excited for this location!).

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