Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink’s New Northern Home Away from Home… Cleveland!

Today we are thrilled to announce in the Miami Herald that Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is coming to Cleveland.  Slated to open at The Van Aken District of Shaker Heights in April 2019, Michael and the team are working hard to make it genuine from the ground up.  With our now 12-year old Miami Design District original an enduring bastion of exciting food built on quality ingredients, the new location will focus on keeping it simple and doing what we do best – straightforward, seasonal cooking and warm hospitality. Follow the restaurant on Instagram now @michaelsgenuinecle and news related to the opening at #mgfdcle, with Michael joining the District for its Chill & Toast event on December 1, where locals can first sample a taste of what’s to come in favorites iconic to the menu. The block-style party will showcase food, drink and shopping including food and entertainment from 6-9pm.

Our space is the corner (not yet reflecting its Genuine look in the rendering) storefront to the left of Shinola Detroit.

Originally slated to be Genuine Pizza®, the notion to take the opportunity to the next level developed quickly for the space during its buildout.

“For us, the goal of any project is to realize its full potential. Working with the team on site at The Van Aken District, and getting to know the greater area, it became apparent that we wanted to do more. More for us means Michael’s Genuine,” he explains. “Genuine is our heart and soul, and exists because of community. We couldn’t be more proud or grateful to be in the position to introduce it in Shaker Heights, where stewarding this idea matters more than anything. This is what drew us in from the get-go and will continue to motivate the experience manifested there for our guests.”

Since 2007, Michael’s flagship restaurant has defined Genuine Hospitality, the special experience that results when delicious food and thoughtful service come together, designed by a team who cares about great product and making people happy.  Locals and visitors alike embrace and crave this unique approach to dining out — some may consider the restaurant a second home, a place where they’re comfortable, that they want to share with friends. An approach built on clean, vibrant flavors and what’s abundant in season from only the best sources ignites energy in the kitchen – a dynamic environment that drives creation and a tireless pursuit of quality and consistency.

“We believe in the power of a great, wholesome food to create neighborhood and that essential energy that makes a place feel irresistible and people feel comfortable,” says Jon Ratner, Principal of The Van Aken District. “Few chefs around the country do this at the level of Michael and his team and we are really happy to be able to call his namesake our home, too. The food he brings to the table is about more than simply great taste.  It’s a welcoming culture of sharing a table with purpose — a feeling we have in common at The Van Aken District and greater Shaker Heights.”

The founding principles of fresh, simple, pure permeate every aspect of the dining experience at Michael’s Genuine. Greeted at the door with a smile and oysters piled high on the raw bar, the energy of the main dining room is palpable. Action emanates from the open kitchen with its food bar stacked with fresh ingredients pulled for the line by bustling cooks, stoking the wood oven’s flames as whole fish, chicken, vegetables and pizzas fly in and out. Whether a table or cozy booth indoors under the warm glow of red lanterns or the courtyard, there’s always a place to get comfortable. The welcoming bar is always a friendly choice, whether for lunch, dinner, or happy hour. Sunday Brunch features a weekly-changing menu of savory and sweet small plates. The restaurant has enjoyed ongoing media recognition from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Time magazine and has become a fixture locally on the Eater Miami 38 list of reliably exceptional places to dine.

Situated in the heart of The Van Aken District in the historic Shaker Heights community just 9 miles east of the Cleveland city center, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Cleveland will open at 3427 Tuttle Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122 in the spring.   Inspired by the Shaker Heights spirit of quality, craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism, the Van Aken District is the kind of neighborhood one dreams of – offering a unique blend of urban and suburban lifestyles in a city deeply rooted in history, culture and diversity. Shaker Heights’ new downtown is an irresistible destination with the best in local and national retail, office spaces, contemporary apartment living, and features a variety of dining experiences including sit down restaurants, outdoor patios and a 21,000-square foot Market Hall.  To get to know the area, visit @thevanakendistrict on Instagram and thevanakendistrict.com.

A Brunch Menu of Bottomless Indulgences Saturday 2.20 at Cypress Tavern

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CT_Indulge Brunch MenuCypress Tavern’s Indulge Brunch is Saturday, February 20. We are so excited to finally share the menu! Enjoy a family-style brunch with 3 courses of multiple dishes, a choice between two special bottomless cocktails for the occasion, and a goody bag curated by Indulge magazine celebrating its new food issue with our chocolate truffles and more. It’s all included for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. We are booking through ticketed reservations, so guests can pick an available time from 11am-3pm to indulge; it doesn’t all start at once. Join chefs Michael, Bradley and Max for a super decadent and delicious meal, 4 weeks from today. Tables are going to look insane, so book now to ensure you’re at one of them! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

 

Always a Reason to Indulge! Cypress Tavern’s Bottomless Brunch on Saturday, February 20

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A morning in Chef's kitchen, shooting for Indulge magazine's food issue.

A morning in Chef’s kitchen, making breakfast for a feature in Indulge magazine’s Food Issue.

Join James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz and Miami Herald’s Indulge magazine to celebrate the release of its Food Issue with a special Saturday Bottomless Brunch at Cypress Tavern!   One of Miami’s favorite Sunday pastimes now extends to Saturday every weekend at Cypress Tavern, our American Grill & Cocktail Bar in Miami’s Design District.  At his first-ever brunch event, Schwartz goes behind the line with The Genuine Hospitality Group executive chef Bradley Herron and Cypress Tavern chef de cuisine Max Makowski to cook favorites from the restaurant’s Weekend Brunch menu, with several new dishes and cocktails for the occasion. Indulge with Schwartz! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

$79 plus tax and gratuity includes:
~ Family-style prix fixe menu of 3 courses, each including multiple items
*Fresh, raw salads
*Savory dishes
*Breakfast sweets
~ A choice of two new bottomless cocktails created specifically for the event by Cypress Tavern Head Bartender David Ferree and The Genuine Hospitality Group Wine Director Eric Larkee (Sparkling or Bloody Mary)
~ Indulgent goody bag curated by Indulge magazine

NOTE:  Seating is limited and not communal. Book ticket(s) at the available desired time slot and you will be seated with your party!!!

[VIDEO] Sharing the Royal Wow Behind the Brew

It’s hard to believe but final preparations are being made for the Michael’s Genuine® Pub to set sail from the New York City area in November. You’ve been on the ride with us, from the announcement there in March, to our happy hour to celebrate where it all first began, the Michael’s Genuine®  Food & Drink bar in Miami’s Design District.  Once it is open, we will continue to be closely involved to ensure all is running smoothly, visiting the ships on a regular basis to keep staff motivated and operations well-oiled with our partners at Royal Caribbean International, as we have done since 2011 with 150 Central Park’s Farm-to-Ship program.  This time is special though, of course, as our brand sets sail for the first time on the brand new Quantum Class of ships.  We will be onboard for training, traveling to Bremerhaven, Germany prior to the inaugural transatlantic crossing to further infuse genuine culture onboard.  Through and through the process has been akin to opening one of our restaurants on land — from branding, restaurant design, art by Carl Myers, uniforms, and merchandise, to the menu, its design and paper spec, recipe development, and smallwares procurement.  And of course, ramping up production for some craft beer close to our hearts to be onboard — Michael’s Genuine® Home Brew Classic American Ale and Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale from Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden, Alabama.

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Thanks to our partners at Royal Caribbean and Michael’s role as Quantum Experience Advisor for Culinary, today we take you behind the scenes with Chef and Ryan for Episode 2: Craft Brews at Sea, a voyage to discover how Michael’s Genuine Home Brew is made at its home away from home with BFBC Director of Operations Tripp Collins.  You can also view Episode 1: Genuine Food and Drink Aboard Quantum Class here, featuring Michael and Royal Caribbean International Culinary Director Neal Gallagher as they preview what’s to come at the Michael’s Genuine Pub, including cameos by MGFD HQ chef de cuisine Niven Patel and sous chef Danny Ramirez!

Still thirsty for more Michael’s Genuine Home Brew?  Tune into the shenanigans from Michael’s casual neighborhood joint Harry ‘s Pizzeria® as we prepare for our August 26 dinner with Terrapin Brewing Co. on this week’s Brew in Miami with Miami Herald Food Editor Evan Benn. Catch the new episode later this week on Miami.com and read about it in Saturday’s Tropical Life section of the Herald. Cheers!