Cleveland June 11, 2019
The Stunning Eatery In Cleveland’s Theater District Where Fine Dining Is The Star Of The Show
There’s an abundance of history here in Cleveland, though much of it has been lost to time. Despite the relatively short existence of our city, so much has happened here. Entire neighborhoods have experienced a rise, fall, and revival, and in that time, residents and businesses have moved in and out of well-loved structures. However, some businesses have stood their ground against the sands of time, remaining strong even as the surrounding neighborhoods fell into states of disrepair and, eventually, reconstruction. One such building in the theater district hosted a business for six decades, and the restaurant that now occupies its former space has made local history the star of the show.
Cowell & Hubbard is a name that's been familiar to Clevelanders for quite some time.
This name was once associated with Cleveland’s premier jewelry store, which could trace its roots all the way back to 1861. The jewelry store first opened on Superior Avenue, but its ride in popularity led it to outgrow its original location. It eventually moved to what would become a booming commercial district on Euclid Avenue, settling in the neighborhood that we now know as Playhouse Square.
Cowell & Hubbard was regarded as one of the finest jewelry stores west of New York City, but its reign was anything but sempiternal.
After a series of acquisitions, Cowell & Hubbard ended up under the control of the Zale Corporation. The corporation chose to close the Downtown Cleveland store in 1981, but locals never quite forgot its legacy.
However, the former storefront still bears its name.
This destination hides many gems, but they now are of the culinary variety. Today, Cowell & Hubbard is a name associated with Chef Zack Bruell, as this master chef has turned the former jewelry store into a premier culinary destination.
The diverse menu features offerings that will tickle your taste buds...
Whether you're a vegan or a carnivore, you'll adore digging into the offerings on the menu. Pizzas are a fan favorite, and a French twist brings mouthwatering offerings like escargot and pasta du jour to Cleveland food lovers.
...And it’s all served up in a dining space that appropriately embraces the atmosphere of the red carpet.
This location has much to live up to, as you will notice that it is tucked under the iconic Playhouse Square sign. As the largest theater district outside of New York, this neighborhood has a particular flare for the dramatic.
This location has much to live up to, as you will notice that it is tucked beneath the iconic Playhouse Square sign.
As the largest theater district outside of New York, this neighborhood has a particular flair for the dramatic.
While this space has been renovated and changed over the years, it maintains its original atmosphere.
Upscale and welcoming, this eatery exudes a feel of familiarity, despite its evolved look. If you frequented the jewelry store back in the day, dining at Cowell & Hubbard may bring back memories.
You'll be delighted to note that the design of the space and the unique flavors on the menus are inspired by the iconic features of this historic building.
There's a particular feng shui about this destination. It manages to be elegant without being fussy, and the bold pops of color mesh perfectly with the drama of the surrounding theater district.
While you dine, it's easy to imagine notable Clevelanders of eras past shopping for something sparkly before or after indulging in the performing arts.
Since Cowell & Hubbard opened at this site in 1920, the operations of this coveted jewelry store aligned with both the rise and fall of Cleveland's theater district. The jeweler was on its way out during the revival of this enchanting neighborhood, but those impacted by Cowell & Hubbard would be proud to learn of its enduring legacy.
Plan to swing by Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m., or Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.... and bring your appetite!
You can find a full menu on the restaurant’s website
Address: 1305 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115
There’s an interesting history here in Playhouse Square. Do you ever remember visiting this local jewelry store? Have you dined here since it became a restaurant? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!
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