Chef Doug Katz and Todd Thompson’s Amba is open in the Hingetown area of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood starting May 24.
In November 2020, Katz opened it as a ghost kitchen in Cleveland Heights, named after a condiment made with pickled mango. In April 2021, he told the Cleveland Jewish News that he was preparing for a brick-and-mortar location at 1430 W. 28th St. in the Hingetown neighborhood of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
“We’re so excited to be open,” Katz told CJN on May 31. “We were really busy when we opened. The people were really amazing, in terms of the support we got. (Customers) found us – and it’s going great. We’re so excited to be joining the Hingetown neighborhood along with all these other amazing companies.”
Occupying almost 5,000 square feet, the building is divided into two spaces – the main dining room and a smaller bar called Bar Amba. Eighty guests can fit in the main room, and another 40 in the bar, he said. Both concepts have their own entrance. The building, locally known as the Tiger Building for its large tiger mural on the side, once housed Schaffer Printing.
“It’s funny because after two years of research and work and research, (space) is us,” Katz said. “You work with contractors and then all of a sudden you’re open. People are coming and you’re so excited. Once they go inside and discover (the space), it’s so unique. People recognize the outside by the mural, but once we let them in, we’re all so excited.
Bar Manager Noah Biddle oversees the restaurant’s two bars. The restaurant’s bar menu offers original cocktails, while Bar Amba will offer classic and signature cocktails. Chef Cameron Pishney runs the kitchen, which offers vegan, gluten-free, meat and seafood dishes. The menu also offers many small bites, ranging from small plates, breads, dips and condiments, and options based on vegetables and meat, as well as desserts.
“The team that we have, we were so lucky to find them,” Katz said. “Everyone is excited about this space and it creates that spirit and momentum to drive us forward and enjoy this business like we all do.”
Katz also owns Zhug, a Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant at 12413 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights. His other concept, Chutney B at the Van Aken District in Shaker Heights, closed in June 2021. In his place, chef Anthony Zappola of Lox, Stock and Brisket, opened Le Stand, a salad, wrap and parfait concept of French inspiration.
Restaurant hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. Bar Amba’s opening hours are 4 am to midnight Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays.
“When I think of all the businesses in the area and what’s going on here, there are so many great places,” Katz said. “After the pandemic, it’s such an optimistic thing that we were able to open a new place. We have the impression of overcoming what we have been through in recent years. »