Today Michael and Sunil Bhatt, CEO of Harry’s Holdings, join The Genuine Hospitality Group and RMS Investment Corp. in announcing the first Harry’s Pizzeria® location to open outside Florida. The fourth restaurant is scheduled to open in 2018 in the heart of the Van Aken District of the historic Shaker Heights community less than nine miles east of the Cleveland city center. It will join Miami’s Design District, Coconut Grove and the soon to open Downtown Dadeland (spring 2017) as the growing neighborhood American pizzeria brand charts a path to debut 20 stores over the next four years. The news broke in Ohio this afternoon via The Cleveland Plain Dealer and locally on Eater’s Miami site.
“We were drawn to the Van Aken project from the very beginning because of its historic roots and the vision for a future built around community,” says Schwartz. “People shouldn’t have to travel far from home to find a great neighborhood restaurant and that’s what Harry’s is all about.”
Shaker’s Van Aken District is a development project focused on community, place making, and completing a historic city with a historic downtown. With over 100,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, and 102 apartments, this first phase of the Van Aken District will provide a walkable, workable and livable district and become the downtown that Shaker Heights currently is lacking. Encompassing roughly 11 acres, the project will create a commercial hub that benefits from built in connectivity to many surrounding neighborhoods and public transit via light rail on the Cleveland RTA Blue Line. The project led by RMS Investment Corp. and The City of Shaker Heights will host The New Starts Now, an “demolition celebration” this Saturday, November 12 to usher out the old and celebrate the current and future tenants of the Van Aken District, with phase 1 announcements including Harry’s Pizzeria.
“Harry’s is in expansion mode, and we have been very thorough in the selection process especially as we entertain opportunities out of state,” says Harry’s Holdings CEO Sunil Bhatt. “We believe in the future vision for the Van Aken District and are thrilled to be a part of it.”
Named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 25 Best Pizzerias in the U.S, Harry’s Pizzeria is a hip, casual joint for pizza lovers who crave innovative and genuine cooking. Shaker Heights will feature its sought-after menu anchored by hand-formed pizzas with fresh, chef-curated toppings and a tender, quick-fired crust with integrity. At the table, the Harry’s experience is complete with warm service and a wholesome menu to make a meal, including snacks, colorful salads, daily specials and dessert. From the sidewalk to the dining room, the restaurant buzzes with friends and family hanging out over craft beer, a creative wine list and great music. Chef Schwartz opened the first Harry’s Pizzeria in 2011 in the Miami Design District, which celebrated its fifth year anniversary in September. For more information on the brand and its expansion, please visit harryspizzeria.com/locations, follow on social media @harryspizzeria or contact Vice President of Development firstname.lastname@example.org for business inquiries.