Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.
So far this spring, the sun has been a major flirt but has yet to commit. More persistent is the rain. And, oh, how it has rained this spring.
Clevelanders, already well aware that abundant sunlight is sparse throughout the year here in Northeast Ohio, are anxious for some fun in the sun. Summer solstice is a mere week away, and my fellow residents are ready to break out into song and dance to celebrate the best months of the year here.
A favorite pastime of those enjoying the warm, sunny CLE days is dining alfresco. From the informal porch sail to the more formal rooftop soiree, Cleveland’s got you covered, er, uncovered.
One such beautiful uncovered space for dining can be found at Washington Place, an inn and bistro located blocks from CWRU and in the heart of Little Italy. Many of us in the area take Washington Place for granted. Sure, we know you serve up great cocktails for the end-of-the-work-week happy hour (Figure 1). And, yes, I appreciate that you are open for dinner on Sunday nights when most are not. But, really, what can you, Washington Place, offer that a cool, hip eatery on the west side can’t give me?
Oh, I see…
Seriously, my first few dining experiences at Washington Place were indoors during the academic year when we hosted faculty recruits (Figure 2). Or, that time I failed to book brunch for Mother’s Day before everyone was booked (Figure 3). The food was more than good and the fireplace was warm and inviting (Figure 4-6).
Little did I know…
One fateful day last summer, Steve, Mom, and I spontaneously wandered in for a late lunch. Would you like to sit outside? Wait–what? You mean amongst the butterflies in this piece of patio heaven (Figure 7)? Yes, I would. I really, really would like to sit outside (Figures 8 and 9). After all, it’s another day of sun.