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Area restaurants taking a chance in downtown Cleveland

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Barroco on W. 6th Barroco on W. 6th
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A growing number of well-established eateries from the suburbs are taking a chance on our developing downtown. 

As part of Cleveland's budding foodie culture, several popular suburban restaurants are now expanding. They are bringing their clientele and their cuisine to downtown.

"They're looking at opportunity. The suburbs are always going to be consistent. But downtown is booming and great restaurateurs want to be a part of downtown," said 19 Action News Food Critic, General Jason. 

Michael Symon's B Spot and corned beef authority Corky and Lenny's, are both gambling on a Horseshoe Casino location.  And previously exclusive to Boca Raton, South Beach and Beachwood, Red, the Steakhouse is slated to open on Prospect Avenue and E. 4th in early October.

"We feel like our brand will do very well downtown and we'd like some exposure  to the west side. Downtown is our gateway to the west side," said Red Restaurant Group COO, Jonathan Gross. 

Now Barroco, a Lakewood Latin America street food hot spot, is open on W. 6th Street.

General Jason says we'll likely see more of this.

"The most important things with restaurants in any neighborhood or downtown setting is filling a need. So restaurateurs that might have fantastic steak places in the suburbs, or tacos they see opportunity here -- see a deficiency in food and they fill it and they're successful," said General Jason.

Winks, part of the suburban chain, Winking Lizard, opened last fall at the Galleria. Ownership cited new apartments and the convention center as reason enough. 

"You've got all these travelers, the hotels, the Westin is getting ready to blast open with a $65 million renovation so were going to capitalize on the people coming to our city and they want to see something local," said John Lane, Winking Lizard partner. 

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