Monday, March 7, 2016

Casa Roja Out; Gamekeeper's Cottage In

The folks behind Gamekeeper's Taverne will try their hand at another dining concept inside the quaint red building at 79 West St. in Chagrin Falls. What started in 2008 as Village Exchange and later that year as West End Bistro, most recently became Casa Roja. While its June 2015 opening looked promising with a menu of Spanish-style tapas, Gamekeeper's Taverne owners closed the doors last month.

But the space won't sit empty for long. Gamekeeper's Taverne has plans to revamp it in time for the iconic Chagrin Falls restaurant's 40th anniversary this spring. "I know for sure it is going to be called Gamekeeper's Cottage," says general manager Bob Humphrey.

Foodies can expect a wide array of mouthwatering options at Gamekeeper's Cottage along with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. "It's primarily going to be a lot of sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, salads with salmon or chicken," says Humphrey. "We want to do kind of a more family-friendly style place."

Although the main focus will be on the food, Gamekeeper's Cottage will have a full wine list and happy hours. "If it is not open for lunch during the week, then we might open at like 2:30 and do an aggressive happy hour," says Humphrey. "When we opened the Casa concept, we kind of did a happy hour from 2:30 to 6 p.m to catch that crowd that wanted to do happy hour."

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