Eastland Inn Restaurant & Bar ● 33 Eastland Road  ● Berea Ohio 44017  ●  Ph. 440-625-0040

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New owners, same spirit at Berea's Eastland Inn restaurant

Grant Segall, The Plain DealerBy Grant Segall, The Plain Dealer
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on October 16, 2014 at 3:06 PM, updated October 18, 2014

 

BEREA, Ohio — At Wednesday's meeting, the staff quickly showed the incoming owners the spirit of the roughly 80-year-old Eastland Inn.

When soon-to-be co-owner Domenic Ruggiero gave out his cell number, bartender Fred Lozano dialed it right away, just to make sure Ruggiero was on the level. Lozano wants the new boss to be as open and down-to-earth as this warm, charitable hangout on Eastland Road.

Outgoing co-owner Dave Peterkoski helped to break in Ruggiero. Peterkoski and his wife, Liz, are turning over the Eastland's keys on Sunday -- 16 years to the date after taking over the restaurant.

At the meeting, Dave Peterkoski announced that Ruggiero had named Lindsey Bobich as his first employee of the month. Then Peterkoski handed her a gift-wrapped prize supposedly from Ruggiero. It turned out to be a toilet seat with her picture inside.

Ruggiero caught on fast to the Eastland clan's sense of humor. When chef Gwen Hall asked if she should keep buying groceries for the kitchen as usual, he said, "Can you buy me something?"

After the meeting, Ruggiero bought something, too: a round for all the workers who were there but off duty.

The Eastland Inn is no Ritz-Carlton. It's a dark little retreat with a bare wooden bar, scuffed paneling, painted bricks, dim linoleum, faded posters, Browns schedules, and, during this Halloween season, lots of skeletons.

The place serves up hearty entrees of chicken, steak, pasta and more at down-home prices, from $9.95 to $19.95. It's known for long-running jokes and long-running friendships. It has sponsored many community fund-raisers and served free meals on Thanksgiving.

"Love it," said customer Tim Thomas. Why? "Good people."

The customers hope the place stays the same. "Cosmetic changes, OK," said Michael Shannon, who's been coming here for 30 years with his dad, Bill, a 40-year customer. "As long as the atmosphere doesn't change."

Customer Shirley Zitnar said she'll miss the Peterkoskis. "They were such nice people. They always treated me good."

Liz grew up in North Olmsted, moved to Las Vegas and came back to town for a visit. She met Dave from Berea and married him a year later to the date. The next day, they heard that their bid for the Eastland had been accepted.

Says Liz, "The bar has been our honeymoon. We've put our heart and soul in this place."

And their knees. Dave got one of his replaced recently, then hurried back to work, where his retooled body put unfamiliar pressure on both feet.

Now the lifelong cook plans to look for other work. Liz will keep her day job as secretary to Teamsters Local 293.

Ruggiero comes from a big family with its own local traditions. Several relatives have worked in the Berea schools, including his brother, Vincent, principal of Berea-Midpark High School.

Domenic Ruggiero co-owned the Front Row tavern in Brook Park for five years before selling it a year ago. He'll run the Eastland with help from his sister, Daniela, who works by day at Vitamix, and their friend Mark Bardwell, who installs steam plants in factories.

Ruggiero said he might make some changes at the Eastland over time but would respect its traditions. For now, he plans to keep the same hours, menu, drinks, staff, bands and events. He hoped at first to keep the Thanksgiving meals -- more than 700 per year -- but canceled them after learning that he'd have to start preparing them right away.

"We want to keep everything as is and improve it," he said. "Whatever the customers like. We don't want to change anything that's going well."

 

GETTING HERE

Cross Streets:

Eastland Road and Fowles Road (see: Map)

Just minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Baldwin Wallace College, Finnie Stadium, Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Cleveland Browns Berea Training Camp Complex and Southwest General Hospital.

Parking:

On Site (or behind Inn on Adams St.)

THE BASICS

Hours:

11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily

Cuisine:

American and American Traditional and Classic

Meals Served:

Dinner and Lunch served in Restaurant

Reservations:

Not Required in Restaurant or Bar

Dress Code:

Anything Goes

Alcohol:

Full Bar and wine list

Smoking:

Outdoors Only

Restaurant Style:

Bistro

Bar Style:

Neighborhood and Pub-style Bar

Catering:

Event Caterer for Business or Private Parties

FEATURES

Atmosphere and Personality:

Bar Scene, Fun And Flirty, and Laid Back Casual

Live Music & Entertainment:

Yes (mostly weekends)

Noise Level:

Bustling

Features:

Entertainment, Free Admission, Happy Hour, Jukebox, Karaoke, Live Performances, People Watching, and Signature Dishes

Average Drink Price:

$3-$4

Payment Methods:

Cash and Major Credit Cards

 

 
Berea's popular Eastland Inn is back and better than ever
Rich Heileman writes a review of the renovations at the Eastland Inn Bar & Grille, mentioning home style meals with a great atmosphere.Rich Heileman, Sun News
Published: Saturday, September 18, 2010, 8:43 AM

The Eastland Inn, 33 Eastland Road, is a favorite dining spot for many of us in Berea and environs.

A friend from town who dines there frequently told me he finds the inn to be a cozy place that serves comfort food home style and commented that its cabin-like atmosphere puts him in mind of a place more likely to be found in Adirondack mountain resort areas of upstate New York.
The Eastland Inn is built in the 1930's and is a Berea Ohio Landmark, providing lunch and dinner to the surrounding communities

The inn, which sits among trees and adjacent to the lushness of the nearby Metroparks, at the juncture of Eastland Road and Adams Street, reopened for business this week after a short shutdown for some interior and exterior renovation and repairs.

members of the community pitched in to help restaurant staff paint, replace restroom floors and fixtures and reupholster dining room chairs.

The exterior of the 78-year-old inn got a fresh look with the installation of new siding of a color “Irish thistle.”

The menu’s been revamped, too, with additions including stuffed duck and eggplant roulette.

 


Eastland Inn Restaurant & Bar combines friendly atmosphere

with quality pub fare in Berea Ohio

Cathy Phillips of the Sun News writes a favorable article on the Eastland Inn featuring Lake Ere Perch Dinner and NY Strip SteakCathy Phillips, Sun News
Published: Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 4:14 PM

 

There has been all sorts of rumors regarding the Eastland Inn’s early years. According to one of those rumors, the inn got its start as a speakeasy, before moving to its present location after Prohibition ended.

Whatever its past, it’s likely that the inn served as a well-liked community gathering space, if its present casual cheeriness is any indication. Maybe it’s because the inn is located in a college town (Berea is home to Baldwin-Wallace College), but it seems to attract a nicely mixed clientele that makes it welcoming to all. Everyone from professors and BW college students, to retirees, to families with small children, to high school kids seems to enjoy the Tuesday burger special (buy one, get one for $1.50).

New York Strip Steak is on the Menu at Berea's Eastland Inn Restaurant near the Berea Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds and Baldwin Wallace College

The owners actively nurture this variety of customers, making the cozy inn feel more like a family-friendly, old-style British pub or European cafe', rather than a mere watering hole. Of his variety of customers,  “They all seem to mesh really well.”

In addition to its friendly service, The Eastland Inn Restaurant and Bar appeals to customers with its budget-friendly daily specials.

On a recent Wednesday night visit, featured specials included crab legs ($14.95) and tender strip steak ($8.95). The generous portion of perfectly steamed Alaskan king crab legs arrived cleverly presented in a metal bucket, with a special tool for making short work of the shells. Skin-on French fries sprinkled with malt vinegar made a delicious accompaniment, as did some of Dave’s thick and creamy beer-cheese soup (although a tad salty). Washed down with a smooth Rolling Rock beer, it made for a most pleasant, all-American supper.

The inns’ excellent fish fries ($12.95), made with fresh Lake Erie perch, are another customer favorite. They want everyone to know that they’re available every day for lunch or dinner, not just on Fridays or during Lent. Seafood lovers can also look forward to a month-long lobster event beginning in mid-June. The Eastland Inn Restaurant & Bar serves one of the best Lake Erie Perch Dinners in Northeast Ohio - Perch Fry is what's for dinner

In addition to super specials, The Eastland Inn Restaurant & Bar offers a great variety of chicken, veal, and pasta dishes, such as a sweet Cincinnati chili ($8.95), as well as salads, sandwiches and lighter fare, such as its New Orleans-inspired muffaletta on focaccia ($6.95).

Looking for just a bite to go with a drink? Try Dave’s “Dirty Nachos” ($6.95), featuring a tasty combination of artichokes, spinach, melted cheeses, tomato, scallions, and black olives topping a mound of crunchy pita chips.

The Eastland Inn Restaurant & Bar is at 33 Eastland Road in Berea. The inn is open from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. daily. Call (440) 625-0040

Phillips is a freelance food writer in Avon Lake.


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