Cleveland November 02, 2018
This Old Fire House Just Outside Of Cleveland Is Now A Restaurant And You’ll Want To Visit
Two of the most common uses of the word “hot” are to describe physical heat or temperature and, informally, something trendy. This unique destination takes both of these concepts and blends them into one: it’s a hip restaurant housed in a former firehouse! It’s a local hot spot where you’ll find hot and tasty dishes served in a locale once dedicated to quelling hot, flaming fires. If you’re hungry for a mouthwatering meal and an unforgettable atmosphere, this Greater Cleveland eatery is calling your name!
Olmsted Falls, a quaint and charming little community in Cuyahoga County, is overflowing with history.
It was once part of New France, an area then known as the Colony of Canada. The young town and its surrounding landscape eventually came into the possession of the Connecticut Land Company and was named for investor and landowner Captain Aaron Olmsted.
But at the city's heart is one gorgeous little structure that has a unique backstory.
At first glance, the identity of this building would be rather ambiguous. If not for its vibrant patio seating and bold signage, one may not even realize that this historic destination at 7989 Columbia Road is now a restaurant.
The restaurant, Moosehead Hoof & Ladder, was once the community's fire station.
The entirety of the Grand Pacific Junction Historic Shopping District - a grouping of more than 30 historic destinations - is well worth the visit. This destination, however, is truly a treat. It was built at the end of the Great Depression on the site of an old town hall to serve as a joint firehouse, police station, and meeting space for public officials. The site was a New Deal project that was completed in 1940, utilizing gorgeous stone from the quarry at what is now David Fortier River Park.
This restaurant showcases the craftsmanship of a bygone era alongside pub-style comfort foods.
Relics from its former life add an antique flair to the ambiance, and cozy soups, chili, and sandwiches pair flawlessly with the experience.
And, as it is nestled right along the Rocky River, the dining patio offers great views... if you can take your eyes off of your plate, that is.
You don't have to get an entree like the Baby Back Ribs or Firehouse Fajitas to get a decent amount of food. Everything is generously portioned, offering you the opportunity to fill up while you relax in a warm and friendly environment.
The rustic American theme collides with the historic features of the building's former life, and locals can't get enough of the ambiance...
You'll find fire hydrants, hoses, ladders, and other fascinating relics decorating the space.
...Or the food.
The Pierogi Melt is a big hit with locals, and their vast variety of burgers keeps each visit feeling fresh and exploratory.
If you are ready to be immersed in a stunning environment that will keep you entranced, swing by Moosehead Hoof & Ladder.
The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m. It closes at 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. on Sunday.
A trip to Olmsted Falls is always rewarding, especially when food is on the itinerary!
Greater Cleveland has always been beautiful, and locals are certainly creative when it comes to adding a new personality to old structures. Know someone who would love this gorgeous destination? Tag them in the comments!
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