Cleveland, you’ve got moxie! Well, at least you did until 2019.
Moxie was a Cleveland-area restaurant located in the Beachwood ‘burbs that closed its doors last year after a 22-year run. I kinda groaned when the announcement of its closing was made. I mean, I wouldn’t necessarily classify Moxie as destination dining, but it was certainly a welcome eatery in a landscape dotted with chain restaurants in close proximity to the malls (Figures 1-3).
Actually, upon reflection, the food was quite good (Figures 4-7). Did I mention that in its 22 years of existence, Moxie’s kitchen was staffed by highly skilled chefs, including Doug Katz who went on to establish Cleveland’s Fire Food & Drink?
Oh, and did I mention that Moxie had a patio space (Figure 8)? You know how Clevelanders love their patios during the summer!
Well, shoot, now I really miss Moxie. Luckily for me, the space formerly occupied by Moxie wasn’t vacant for long. Turns out that the new restaurant, Blu, is under the same ownership as was Moxie. In fact, much feels the same as Moxie—the staff even recognized us at the patio! The main differences, besides the sign and decor, are the focus on seafood (Figures 9 and 10) and the hours (no longer open for lunch). The main similarities are the the aforementioned staff, the location, and the quality of the food.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, but with a tinge of blu I suppose.