Closed Cleveland ChopHouse to reopen as 'Cleveland Chop' in downtown Warehouse District

CLEVELAND - The space that used to hold the Cleveland ChopHouse & Brewery in the downtown Cleveland Warehouse District is getting a new and similar tenant.

"Cleveland Chop" is set to open this spring, according to a sign on the window of the St. Clair Avenue retail space near West 6th Street.

The sign also has the slogan "more than a steakhouse" printed on it, indicative of some change in the longtime establishment.

The Cleveland ChopHouse closed down New Year's Eve, but Alan Kneidel – who opened Rock Bottom Brewery in the Flats and then moved to the ChopHouse – and Frank Day – the original founder of Rock Bottom and ChopHouse restaurants – teamed up to reopen it as "Cleveland Chop."

"We believe in the original concept. The Chophouse was not a failing brand the lease had expired and Craftworks was forced to make a business decision which was to focus their efforts on other brands," said Kneidel.

Kneidel said he and Day were approached by the landlord with an interesting offer and decided to move forward with it.

The duo is working to expand the bar, add a private dining room and remove the brewery. Kneidel said the new restaurant will feature a new lunch and dinner menu, a large bar menu and a new off-the-menu brunch.

"Frank and I are both strong believers in the city of Cleveland and wanted to continue to do business here," said Kneidel. As the founder of Chophouse we wanted the name to be similar and though some things will be the same much will be new."

The website ClevelandChop.com only shows a "coming soon" message, but anyone interesting in applying for a job can apply: http://clevelandchop.com

Records show the domain was purchased Jan. 4 – just a few days after the ChopHouse closed.

The new restaurant is expected to open in late April.

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