CLEVELAND, Ohio – The doors swung open on the much-anticipated Hub 55 complex in Cleveland. Breakfast was served.
Cafe 55, the first phase in the ambitious plans to revive the Superior-St. Clair neighborhood around East 55th Street, rolled out its healthy-eats menu on Thursday as part of a soft opening.
“We’ll be open on Friday and then close for the weekend and go over what we did right and wrong and then open officially at 6 a.m. Monday,” said Jeff Jarrett, general manager of Café 55, 1361 East 55th Street, Cleveland, 216-600-5275; cafe55cle.com.
The 2,000-square-foot spot brings an airy, modern café vibe to the area, with casual seating and large windows that overlook East 55th.
The menu also is a unique addition to the neighborhood: an eclectic mix of “egg scrambles” accessorized with avocado, goat cheese, almonds, honey, bacon or tofu. The lunch menu offers a wide-ranging list of “build-your-own lunch bowl” options made with a variety of ingredients and toppings, from flat breads to brown rice to tofu to a spicy slaw, pulled chicken and an array of toppings.
The Hub 55 complex is headed up by Rick Semersky, who also owns Sterle’s Country House, which is located next door.
“Café 55 is very different from Sterle’s in that we are focusing on healthy, lighter options for breakfast and lunch that you can eat here or grab to go,” said Jarrett, who also is the executive chef and GM of Sterle’s and the next spot to open in the Hub 55 complex: Goldhorn Brewery.
The 10,000-square-foot brewery is scheduled to open in about three months, according to Jarrett. It will feature a 100-seat tap room, as well as a beer garden and dining.
“We’ll be serving 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Café 55 and then resume at the brewery for dinner, starting around 4 p.m.,” says Jarrett. “That menu is going to be more about complementing the beer – things like beer-battered mussels or charcuterie.”
Goldhorn’s beer selection will run the gamut, but will focus on Eastern European traditions.
“Yes, we’ll have an IPA – you really have to these days,” says brewmaster Joel Warger, formerly of Great Lakes Brewing Co. “But we’re also going a pilsner, a hefeweizen, an English Pale Ale, a bock, a wheat bock – really a wide range of European-styled beers.”
The beers will complement Sterle’s, a magnet for Eastern European food fans that has held its ground in this part of the city for 55 years.