Monday, June 1, 2009

The Academy Tavern Opens Up Long-Awaited Patio on Larchmere

Now one of the best places to hang out this summer is right on Larchmere Boulevard. Sam Gantous, owner of Academy Tavern at 12800 Larchmere Boulevard, just opened a beautiful outdoor patio in the rear of his restaurant, which has long been a neighborhood classic.

"This is the best patio in Cleveland," Sam likes to brag. While restaurant owners Boulevard Blue, Felice, Vine and Bean, Flying Cranes and others might argue the point, well ... One has to admit, Sam's new patio is pretty cool. It's a great addition to the many wonderful restaurant patios on the street.

Sam has wanted to open a patio at this location for a long time. After he bought the building in 2007 and went from tenant to owner, he got his chance. He took his plans for a brick patio, surrounded by a board on board privacy fence and raised flowerbeds, to the city of Cleveland's Board of Zoning Appeals, who voted unanimously to support it.

Just in time for summer, the patio is now complete, and its canopied tables and restful waterful offers the perfect retreat. It's a great place to enjoy an iced tea, crack open a beer or just sit and catch up with friends. Sam's new patio has made this neighborhood favorite even more of a draw.

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