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.

Harry’s Heads to Cleveland in 2018 | Fourth Location Marks First Outside Florida in Neighborhood American Pizzeria’s Expansion

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.

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That margherita life… You are what you eat!

“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.”

Neighborhood vibes, here in Coconut Grove.

Spreading those neighborhood vibes (here in Coconut Grove.)

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.”

Harry's fish entrée with a new setup as of this week, pan roasted mahi with fennel, tomato, lemon aioli

Harry’s fish entrée with a new setup as of this week, Pan Roasted Mahi with fennel, tomato, lemon aioli

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 patrick@thegenuinehospitalitygroup.com for business inquiries.