CLEVELAND, Ohio- Don't let the sound drills or the sight of hard hats fool you, strolling along the boardwalk or dipping in the pool at this Vegas-style outdoor bar will soon become reality.
The grand openings of two new businesses along the Cuyahoga River, are just days away.
It's part of the second phase of a $750 million dollar venture from the Wolstein Group and Fairmount Properties.
Adam Fishman, Managing Principal with Fairmount Properties said, "to be on this boardwalk, in front of this fabulous apartment building with these great restaurants and retailers all gearing up to open, it's really a remarkable time."
The much anticipated Alley Cat oyster bar located along the boardwalk was built from the ground up, and is the latest from Cleveland culinary master Zack Bruell.
The two-story restaurant features rooftop dining, open kitchen and bar.
Bruell says, "It's basically a shore restaurant, something that you would see in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Maryland or California. So this is my take on what those would be."
Just north of Alley Cat, a 15,000 square foot open air club called FWD.
The pool area, private cabanas and dance floor will be open day and night, but only open fourth months out of the year, since there are no walls, or ceiling!
Club Owner Bobby Rutter stating, "We wanted to see all the bridges, we wanted to see the smoke stacks, we incorporated all that in our design."
The fate of country music star Toby Keith's restaurant called 'I Love This Bar and Grill' is still unclear, with construction at the site nonexistent.
The company is dealing with a series of closings and tax liens at other properties across the country..
As for Cleveland, "Right now we have a lease and we're trying to evaluate what to do given the other challenges we've read about, just like you," said Fishman.
Despite a possible delay there, it’s still full steam ahead with other ventures, bringing a mix of retail, residence and nightlife to the city's riverfront.