Cleveland Jewish News - Chagrin Falls' Bell and Flower open for business
When partners Michael Schwartz and Shawn Monday purchased Rick’s Cafe in downtown Chagrin Falls in July 2017, it initially continued to be Rick’s.
But Schwartz said as time passed, the space felt like it wanted to be something different – and that is when Bell and Flower was born. The restaurant’s first day of lunch business was April 4.
“Rick’s menu and the atmosphere was not exactly what we are known for,” said Schwartz, who is a member of Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights and Pepper Pike. “Our process is more scratch and in-depth, which required modifications. Details and atmosphere are really important to us. We tried to take the building back to its roots. We’ve taken everything off the walls and ceilings, giving exposure to the natural brick that is there.”
Though Bell and Flower is its own thing, Schwartz said it was difficult not to be inspired by the old restaurant.
“Rick’s was great, and we let it inspire us a bit, with our own spin on it,” he said. “We were inspired somewhat to keep some of the menu items but in our own upscale way.”
The menu includes items in what Schwartz described as “Texas southern infused tavern and comfort food.”
“Based on our test runs over the last three weeks, people are in love with the menu… they absolutely love it,” he said. “You have a variety of things from lasagna to ribs to tacos. There is a little bit of barbecue as well. We’re really driven by our chefs. We come from a fine dining background and obviously, this isn’t that, but we cook like it is.”
Bell and Flower is open from 11:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the bar closing at 11 p.m., and from 11:30 to 8 p.m. on Sundays, with the bar closing at 9 p.m. The restaurant also hopes to start serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, beginning in May.
Bell and Flower is at 86 N. Main St.