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The Streatery to include Sundays

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink Uncategorized  StrEATery Central West End North Community Improvement District  Beginning this weekend, the extremely popular Streatery event is expanding to  include Sundays. Sunday hours are from Noon to 8 p.m, Friday and Saturday hours remain the same, 5 to 10 p.m.

During Streatery hours, the following sections of Euclid will be closed to traffic:

  • Euclid North of McPherson to the first alley
  • Euclid South of McPherson to the first alley
  • Euclid North of Maryland to Carriage Lane/the first alley North of Maryland

Maryland, McPherson, and all alleys will remain open. The CWE North Community Improvement District ensures that Euclid will reopen to thru traffic by 10:30 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, and 8:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The decision to continue the Streatery depends in part on the degree of compliance with established safety guidelines, and will be evaluated weekly.  Please wear masks, stay socially distanced, and use the hand sanitizer stations at the entry to each dining section. Let’s keep this going!

Mengesha Yohannes reflects on reopening Bar Italia

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Bar Italia’s patio, 13 Maryland Plaza, is finally back in operation and open for dinner service. Mengesha Yohannes—”chief of everything”— said that while he initiated curbside pickup shortly after the COVID 19 shutdown, he wasn’t in a hurry to reopen the outdoor dining area until he had thoroughly considered what the “near future would look like.”

Mengesha was preaching to the choir when he said, “This has been a worldwide disaster caused by a tiny little virus, and we are never going back to where we were before.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Menghesha Johannes Dan Gualdoni Bar Italia

“My plans reflect reduced capacity as well as fewer events and parties—that’s the reality,” Mengesha continued. “We’re using the side panels from the tent as partitions to socially-distance diners according to the new guidelines, which has reduced our seating to 1/3 of what it was.”

He added that another reason for the delay in reopening was that it took time to get the core staff “in the groove.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Menghesha Johannes Dan Gualdoni Bar Italia

When fall comes, the tent will be reassembled and used as before, although with fewer tables.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Menghesha Johannes Dan Gualdoni Bar Italia

Mengesha jokingly said, when describing the single-use menus which promote the wearing of masks, “Maybe I should change the name of the restaurant to “Mask, Mask, Mask.” Maybe not. After 37 years in the CWE, the name Bar Italia conjures up many memorable meals and great times starting when Dan Gualdoni and Joe Pirone opened the espresso bar/cafe where Starbucks is now located (Mengesha became a partner in 1985, two years after it opened), and later at the current location with its beautiful patio which is truly magical on a summer’s night.

With reduced seating the best nights to stop by for dinner are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Friday and Saturdays are busier. Reservations are available, but walk-ins are welcome.

Bar Italia, 13 Maryland Plaza, open from 4 p.m. to 9-9:30 p.m., 314-361-7010. Curbside pick up is available too.

Newly-opened Patty Long Catering is offering boxed samples Friday

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Services  Patty Long Catering Karen Halper Balaban's At Home

Thanks to the CWE North Community Improvement District for sharing this great news about the grand opening of Patty Long Catering and Balaban’s At Home.

Patty Long Catering, known for its unmatched reputation for providing quality food presentation and outstanding service, has officially opened its doors in the Central West End. Located at 412 N Euclid Avenue (just north of McPherson), the full-service catering company is celebrating its new home in the CWE with a special outdoor giveaway this Friday, August 21 during the Central West End Streatery. From 5-8 p.m., guests will be able to sample four signature menu items, safely prepared and ready to-go in prepackaged containers. Free samples will be available in front of the business on a first-come, first-serve basis. Social distancing guidelines will be in place and masks will be required at all times when social distancing is not possible.

Guests will be able to sample four signature menu items, safely prepared and ready to-go in prepackaged containers, including:

  • Southwest Corn Puppy with Garlic Mayonnaise
  • Beef Teriyaki Crisp with Horseradish Mayonnaise
  • Chocolate Mousse Cup
  • Balaban’s Signature Chocolate PateNicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Services  Patty Long Catering Karen Halper Balaban's At Home

Patty Long Catering is committed to helping clients craft unforgettable culinary experiences. Their professionally trained chefs have decades of experience in regional and international cuisine. Patty Long Catering is now presenting Balaban’s At Home — offering Balaban’s classic meals for delivery or curbside pick-up. Both businesses were acquired by local entrepreneur Karen Halper last summer, and while plans for Balaban’s grand opening are still about two years away, the team is excited to share classic Balaban’s dishes for guests to enjoy at home.

For more information about Patty Long Catering, please visit www.pattylongcatering.com.