- Gourmet burger chain to replace Joey's in downtown Chagrin Falls


By Brian Byrne, Northeast Ohio Media Group

CHAGRIN FALLS--Almost five months after a fire gutted Joey’s Restaurant, 44 N. Main St., the landmark downtown building has a new tenant.

Flip Side, a gourmet burger chain with locations in Hudson and Columbus, has signed a lease for the space that had housed the Leonetti family’s Italian eatery since 1981. Chef-owner Shawn Monday is in the early planning stages for his latest eatery, and hopes for an opening in 6-8 months.

Monday, who operates Flip Side with his wife, Tiffany, and business partner Michael Schwartz, refers to Chagrin Falls as a “post card.” He recalls fond memories of working in the village while growing up in Bedford.

“To be in Chagrin Falls is like a dream to us,” he said.

The Chagrin Falls Flip Side will feature the same “chef-driven burger” concept as its predecessors, Monday said, and exclusively use Ohio-raised, grass-fed beef. Appetizers, free-range chicken sandwiches, fresh chopped salads and hand-cut, triple cooked fries will also be offered, with all preparation done in-house, he said.

Monday believes those visiting Flip Side for the first time will be in for a treat.

“It is one of the best burgers we’ve ever tasted,” he said.

Flip Side will also offer beer, wine and liquor service, with an emphasis on craft beers. Monday expects to have 15-20 beers on tap.

The dining room will feature approximately 50 seats, with additional bar seating for eight. Interior decor will be similar to the Hudson location, Monday said.

As for the building’s historic facade, he said while nothing has been finalized, they will look to retain the storefront’s “old charm.”

“We don’t want to make it look new,” he said. “We want to make it look like it’s a fit for Chagrin Falls.”

The Leonettis had originally pledged to reopen Joey’s following the catastrophic Nov. 30 fire, but later had their lease terminated by property owner Mike Belkin. The family has since opened a planned new location on Miles Road in Solon.

Acknowledging that Joey’s was a landmark in the Chagrin Falls community, Monday said he looks forward to establishing a new tradition.

“We’re excited to follow in the steps of Joey’s,” he said.

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