James Beard Award-winning Chef/Restaurateur Michael Schwartz Announces Fourth Neighborhood American Pizzeria
Future Home in Van Aken District of Historic Shaker Heights Community Marks First Location Outside Florida in Fine Casual Brand’s Expansion
MIAMI, FLORIDA – Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz announces a new Harry’s Pizzeria will open in Cleveland in 2018, marking the first location outside of Florida for the growing neighborhood American pizzeria brand. Situated in the heart of the Van Aken District in the historic Shaker Heights community just 9 miles east of the Cleveland city center, the fourth restaurant is scheduled to debut in 2018, joining Miami’s Design District, Coconut Grove and the soon to open Downtown Dadeland.
“We were drawn to the Van Aken project from the very beginning because of its historic roots and the vision for a future built around community,” says Schwartz. “People shouldn’t have to travel far from home to find a great neighborhood restaurant and that’s what Harry’s is all about.”
Named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 25 Best Pizzerias in the U.S, Harry’s Pizzeria is a hip, casual joint for pizza lovers who crave innovative and genuine cooking. Shaker Heights will feature its sought-after menu anchored by hand-formed pizzas with fresh, chef-curated toppings and a tender, quick-fired crust with integrity. At the table, the Harry’s experience is complete with warm service and a wholesome menu to make a meal, including snacks, colorful salads, daily specials and dessert. From the sidewalk to the dining room, the restaurant buzzes with friends and family hanging out over craft beer, a creative wine list and great music. Chef Schwartz opened the first Harry’s Pizzeria in 2011 in the Miami Design District, which celebrated its fifth year anniversary in September.
“Harry’s is in expansion mode, and we have been very thorough in the selection process especially as we entertain opportunities out of state,” says Harry’s Holdings CEO Sunil Bhatt. “We believe in the future vision for the Van Aken District and are thrilled to be a part of it.”
Shaker’s Van Aken District is a development project focused on community, place making, and completing a historic city with a historic downtown. With over 100,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, and 102 apartments, this first phase of the Van Aken District will provide a walkable, workable and livable district and become the downtown that Shaker Heights currently is lacking. Encompassing roughly 11 acres, the project will create a commercial hub that benefits from built in connectivity to many surrounding neighborhoods and public transit via light rail on the Cleveland RTA Blue Line. The project led by RMS Investment Corp. and The City of Shaker Heights will host The New Starts Now, an “demolition celebration” this Saturday, November 12 to usher out the old and celebrate the current and future tenants of the Van Aken District, with phase 1 announcements including Harry’s Pizzeria.
In five short years, the restaurant has become a fixture of the Miami dining scene and nationally recognized pizza hotspot through its culinary innovations and original concepts such as the “Chef Pop-Up Series,” which has welcomed America’s most acclaimed chefs into the kitchen for family-style dinners. For more information, please visit harryspizzeria.com/locations and follow on social media @harryspizzeria.
About the Genuine Hospitality Group & Chef-Owner Michael Schwartz
The Philadelphia-born owner of The Genuine Hospitality Group, James Beard Award-winning Chef, and cookbook author, Michael Schwartz is the face of the South Florida restaurant industry and a nationally recognized celebrity chef. Since his flagship, Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, first opened in Miami’s Design District in 2007, locals and tourists alike have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back, bistro atmosphere and straightforward food emphasizing fresh, local ingredients. Branching out with this established fresh, simple, pure approach, Michael has since successfully developed complementary concepts including Harry’s Pizzeria®, named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 25 Best Pizzerias in the U.S., Cypress Tavern, a Bon Appétit magazine choice for its BA 50 Best New Restaurants, and ella, a light and airy café in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court. The Chef’s partnership with global cruise leader Royal Caribbean includes developing menus with ingredients from sustainable sources for 150 Central Park on Oasis Class ships and Michael’s Genuine® Pub on Quantum Class ships, the first American gastropub on the seas. The company was recently recognized by leading trade publication Restaurant Hospitality magazine as one of its RH 25: Coolest Multi-Concept Companies. In addition to expanding the Harry’s Pizzeria brand to a multiple unit operation over the next three years, partnerships with real estate and hospitality heavyweights Related Group, Terra Group and sbe have confirmed projects on the horizon, including the recently announced Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz at SLS Brickell (Downtown Miami, October, 2016) and restaurants at Paraiso Bay (Edgewater, Miami, 2017) and Park Grove (Coconut Grove, Miami, 2018.) For more information, visit thegenuinekitchen.com.
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