CLEVELAND, Ohio – Market Garden Brewery is planning to reopen Wednesday, July 1, with its sister brewpub Nano Brew to follow on Tuesday, July 14.
Market Garden is reopening with more than a little fanfare. Its menu is being refocused to feature “Cleveland-style” pizza, new beer releases are out, and parklets eventually are being added to West 25th Street.
Parklets are outdoor seating areas that encroach on streets and seamlessly fit into a neighborhood’s “urban fabric,” said Sam McNulty, who said he and his co-owners used the time off to scrub, repaint, clean and add protection guards to the restaurant.
“Sidewalk patios allowed patio expansion into a public right of way,” he said. “This kind of takes it a step further. It leapfrogs the sidewalk. In our case we’re going to create a linear beer garden in the parking lane of West 25th. What would have been five parking spaces becomes seating for several dozen people.”
The parklets, which adhere to six-foot social-distancing measures, are set to be installed soon and remain through Sunday, Nov. 1. Jersey barriers – the concrete dividers used for safety or traffic flow – will go between the parklets and vehicles traveling along West 25th.
“It’s something that (was) an idea that was kicked around, we had been talking about before Covid,” McNulty said. “But Covid kind of pushed the city of Cleveland to take action, and it got wide support. … Cleveland City Hall was extremely supportive.”
McNulty said the process has moved efficiently and, while it is not finalized, also will allow for the parklets to be placed near businesses along Market Avenue, the alley-like street that runs perpendicular to West 25th.
Technically, the parklets are on a trial seasonal run. But, McNulty said, “I have a sneaking suspicion that once City Hall gets a taste of how great this is for businesses and patrons it is going to be a thing we do every spring, summer and fall.”
Inside, expect changes as well.
“The Covid crisis did have some silver linings,” he said. “It forced us to hit the pause button – traveling, eating out. We hunkered down and like everybody else started cooking at home, trying new recipes. Our chef created a sourdough starter, and the idea is to turn it into a pizza crust. It was so good as we played around with different ideas and styles. We started baking it into a pan, and it evolved from there. We call it ‘Cleveland pizza.’ There’s nothing like it around.”
On the beer front, retail sales soared while keg sales “were pretty much non-existent,” McNulty said. So the brewery perfected its Hyper Haze, a New England-style India Pale Ale billed as having tropical fruit flavors. Market Garden also recently released Pin High Pilsner, with proceeds from sales going for youth-golf education.
The reopening is close to Market Garden’s anniversary. The brewery opened on June 23, 2011. It has since expanded with a massive production facility directly behind the brewhouse, plus Nano Brew a few doors down on West 25th.
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