Nighttown sold, prominent Cleveland chef to take over, seller says

Owner Brendan Ring says buyer is in negotiations currently with a prominent Cleveland chef

Nighttown sold, prominent Cleveland chef to take over, seller says
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Nighttown closed for a second time due to the coronavirus in late November but, when it reopens in July, it will be under new ownership, according to current owner Brendan Ring.

The owner is in negotiations with a prominent Cleveland chef to take it over.

Ring said the buyer, “12838 Cedar Road LLC,” does not want to go public yet but they have a vision for the Cleveland Heights property.

“They want to keep the restaurant going; I like to hear that part,” Ring said. “I do know they are in late-stage negotiations with a very respected, big gun chef here in town. I think he’ll do a killer job.”

The sale comes as construction continues on the Top of the Hill development, a mixed use residential, retail, and restaurant project next door, at the apex of Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard.

It is scheduled to open in early 2022.

Ring started as a bartender at Nighttown in 1992, an east side institution since 1966, then bought the place in 2001, the immigrant from County Kerry in Ireland building Nighttown into one of the Top 100 jazz clubs in the world according to Downbeat Magazine, a St. Patrick’s Day destination, and expanding it to 435 seats, one of the largest dining spaces in the city.

“It’s bittersweet, for sure,” Ring said. “Everything in life is a Broadway play. The good news is the play known as Nighttown will continue on with a different director. But the play will go on.”

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