CLEVELAND-- Changes are coming to the Flats East Bank, as businesses move to fill several vacancies in the downtown development. Plans are in the works for Thirsty Dog Brewing and a restaurant by chef Dante Boccuzzi to fill two of the spaces left vacant by the closure of the Crop complex.
A Cleveland Design Review committee reviewed initial plans for the restaurants at a meeting Thursday morning. Plans showed Dante's Inferno pizzeria moving into the former Crop Sticks location and Akron-based Thirsty Dog taking over the space previously occupied by On Air.
Plans called for the addition of indoor-outdoor glass enclosed patios for the two establishments.
The committee tabled the proposals to allow for revisions. Representatives for Flats East Bank declined to comment, noting leases had not yet been signed for the new tenants.
Crop Sticks, Crop Rocks and On Air all closed in September, about a year after opening, leaving a large riverfront stretch of the development vacant.
In November, The Willeyville restaurant also closed.
Construction is currently underway on a Rascal Flatts bar, which is set to open in the spring. A Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is also set to open in 2017.