Cleveland is a happening place. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the World title. The Republican National Convention drew thousands of people to the burgeoning waterfront city. The Cleveland Indians finally took a great player away from the New York Yankees and are now considered frontrunners in the American League. Cleveland is jumping. Aside from sports and politics however, there’s something else creating a ton of buzz…food.
New unique restaurants and bars are opening faster than LeBron James chasing down Golden State Warriors. Once such place is The Rail.
The Rail, a local and independent burger bar from restaurateur Mike Mariola, is nearing completion on its fourth location in Strongsville at the Commons of Southpark and will be open for business on Monday, August 8, 2016. The Rail’s new location will sit on the intersection of Royalton Road and Placid Cove near Southpark Mall.
“There is a robust and sophisticated business community here,” said Mariola. “It’s a community that has spent a lot of time planning to ensure for continued growth, which is something we have in common.”
Specializing in ½-lb burgers from a custom grind of 100% Ohio-sourced beef, The Rail offers a selection of traditional and imaginative toppings—most of which are also locally sourced. Add in the old-school, hand-dipped milkshakes and impressive selection of 24 Ohio craft beers on tap and Ohio-distilled spirits, and one can understand why The Rail has built a local following to accompany its local fare.
“Strongsville is not foreign to the concept of an upscale, independent bar with inventive burgers and craft beer,” said Mariola. “So we’re pumped to come to an area where people already appreciate what we’re about.”
Adding up to 50 local jobs, the upcoming Strongsville location has changed some of its design features from its other locations in Akron, Canton and North Olmsted. “Our design has always been intended to feel social…we want our guests to have fun and experience a sense of camaraderie,” said Mariola. “But now we’re incorporating the more of the outdoors into that design.”
With 200 total seats and 5,000 square feet, the patio will account for up to 48 of said seats and 1,000 square feet of the construction. There will also be garage doors that open up on all sides, including one that splits the bar right down the middle—half inside and half outside. And for the first time, The RAIL will feature a lounge-style area with soft seating and a firepit.
The Rail at Southpark Commons will also be the first location not built within the footprint of a mall. The restaurant will be open every day at 11 a.m. For more on The Rail, go to www.therailburger.com.