Pioneer, a fiery sports activities bar, opens this week in Ohio Metropolis

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Themed across the nice outside, Pioneer will concentrate on wood-fired eats at its Ohio Metropolis residence. The brand new sports activities bar and eatery will open on Tuesday, June 14 at 2407 Lorain Ave.

The restaurant idea is owned by Harbor Bay Hospitality, an offshoot from Harbor Bay Actual Property which constructed Intro Cleveland. Pioneer is positioned inside the large house complicated.

The 180-seat full-service restaurant and bar provides one other 120 seats in its patio, which options an Airstream bar and outside fireplaces, in keeping with a press launch.

The drinks menu encompasses a collaboration with Platform Beer Firm known as “Bear Can Pilsner,” together with different native craft picks and customary home beers that may be served in a “camp cooler” group deal. Cocktails embody a “S’extra Outdated Common,” the whiskey-based “Smokey The Beary” and an “In The Pines” gin concoction.

Government chef Brian Whalen will use a 20-foot wood-fired grill to prepare dinner up traditional American dishes, with a South American twist. Dishes embody confit wings, skirt steak served on fries, and chorizo served with salsa and charred bread.

“It tied in simply with the woods concept – the identify, the menu, every little thing was all about an occasion by which you’d be required to prepare dinner over an open flame,” mentioned Dan Whalen, Brian Whalen’s brother and the vice chairman of design and growth for Harbor Bay Actual Property Advisors. “The menu may be very a lot an American-style menu with a little bit Latin taste. We wished to tip our cap to this Argentinian grill that we’ve got.”

Pioneer’s huge reside wood-fired grill. (Picture by Josh Dobay)

The thought is to supply one thing a little bit completely different than the eating places in Pioneer’s neighborhood, Dan mentioned.

“We wished to make a splash,” Dan mentioned. “We predict loads of the menus [on that street] are form of ubiquitous. You see loads of comfortable pretzels and hummus and the identical outdated stuff, while you bop from place to position. However we see the quantity that Townhall does, down the road – and we noticed a chance to compete.”

Pioneer opens the identical day as Edda Espresso Roasters, one other idea owned by Harbor Bay Hospitality. The enterprise has yet another Cleveland-based restaurant slated for the summer season: Jaja, a small eatery positioned at 2050 Gehring Ave., contained in the Intro Cleveland constructing.

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Editor’s word: This story has been up to date to mirror that Pioneer is positioned inside Intro Cleveland.

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