Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What's Old is New

   When I first wrote about it in the early 90's it was called Frank Sterle's Slovenian Country House and it had a start story that went back to 1954. The East 55th Street restaurant, known for its Alpine chalet look and over-sized portions of roast pork and stuffed cabbage, was a local landmark and destination. In the ensuing years, though it retained a loyal following, the place fell out of step with the times and the trends. New owner Rick Semersky shortened the name, updated the menu, and improved the decor, launching a revival and making Sterle's Country House the place to be, especially on Thursday nights when there are food deal and entertainment aimed at attracting a next generation of fans. But somehow, he's managed to do all that without destroying the essential charm and authenticity that makes it special,bring it into the present without destroying what's best from the past.
   Semersky's a  building construction contractor not a restauranteur. His company, VIP, is next door to Sterle's so he's a longtime lunchtime regular. But his neighborhood roots go deeper: his grandmother grew up in the neighborhood. He cares about what happens there. So when Semersky heard that the previous owner wanted to sell and that a prospective buyer wanted the property, not the place, he took action. "They wanted to tear down the building," he told me. "I couldn't let that happen. This is a piece of our ethnic history, it's pure Cleveland, a polka and pierogi palace we should be proud of. So suddenly I'm in the schnitzel business."

  Since he got the keys in mid-March, the place has been cleaned from top to bottom. He installed better lighting, put a window behind the bar and added lots of interesting beers to the list, ditched the white cloths in favor of new  wood tables and added some salvaged church pews for seating. An outdoor beer garden will be ready when spring arrives.
   I was in for lunch recently. Had a tasty bowl of chicken paprikash. Next visit I want a schnitzel sandwich on a pretzel bun.And veal goulash. Plus the stroganoff. (Clearly, multiple forays are required). Or do a dinner (Thursday, Friday and Saturday only) that includes the chicken soup (recipe same as always, and sausage with 'kraut.
  This Thursday, January 24 from 6-8, the quirky and truly original phenom known as DJ Kishka, will bring his bearded brand of foot tapping fun to the big dining room, spinning classic polka albums. Or venture in on a Saturday night when it's typically packed with Sterle's stalwarts who have made it a habit to come eat and dance to the live music. "There's people of all ages. including kids. It's like the family wedding you don't really want to attend," said Rick, describing the scene. "But after a couple of drinks, you start having a good time, decide to stay awhile, and then don't want the evening to end."


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Gregory Mata said...

Owner Rick Semersky does not pay his bills. He's got a lot of nerve acting like he's such a great guy from Cleveland. He stole from me by coercing me and my company to do work at his restaurant. Acted like a friend, smiled and patted me on the back every day and talked a good game about how much he loved our work while making false promises of more work he was going to give us down the road at a brewery he wants to build.

Then stuck me for over $30,000.00. Never paid ONE PENNY for his job. I paid for everything to help fix up his ghetto building on 55th.

Now I have a Lien on the building, and he's smiling in the Plain Dealer about his good hearted inspirations and dreams.

Really Rick?

He has hurt my family and my company tremendously.

I despise people that feed off of the hard work of others.

I would never solicite his business and I would advise caution with anyone ever considering doing any work with him, for him or his company.

Greg Mata, President

Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete

Gregory Mata said...

Owner Rick Semersky does not pay his bills. He's got a lot of nerve acting like he's such a great guy from Cleveland. He stole from me by coercing me and my company to do work at his restaurant. Acted like a friend, smiled and patted me on the back every day and talked a good game about how much he loved our work while making false promises of more work he was going to give us down the road at a brewery he wants to build.

Then stuck me for over $30,000.00. Never paid ONE PENNY for his job. I paid for everything to help fix up his ghetto building on 55th.

Now I have a Lien on the building, and he's smiling in the Plain Dealer about his good hearted inspirations and dreams.

Really Rick?

He has hurt my family and my company tremendously.

I despise people that feed off of the hard work of others.

I would never solicite his business and I would advise caution with anyone ever considering doing any work with him, for him or his company.

Greg Mata, President

Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete