Different Digs Downtown

August 17, 2015 at 10:00 am 6 comments

It’s that first—if not fleeting—moment when alumni step foot back on campus: What’s new downtown? What’s still here? The Cafe better still be here. (Oh, phew, The Cafe is still here.) And while every year alumni brace themselves for maybe one or two things different than they last remembered, those making the trek back this fall are in store for some big changes to the businesses downtown. Here are just a few.

  • Damon’s Bar & Grill, a fixture on East College Avenue for over 20 years, is now LETTERMANS sports bar and restaurant. Decked out in blue-and-white decor, LETTERMANS will also be the home to the Thursday night radio shows with Patrick Chambers and James Franklin.
  • Another mainstay on College Avenue, Mr. Charles, closed after three decades. The women’s clothing store was replaced by Anthym Running this spring, which will offer workout gear and accessories, plus fitness-related events for the community. 
  • Sheetz is inching closer to campus and is setting up (another) shop within what was formerly Duo Nightclub (which was formerly Tony’s Big Easy) on South Pugh Street. Students, rejoice: In true Sheetz form, this one will also be open 24/7. The 5,000 square foot space, which includes a take-out “beer cave,” should be ready for the fall.
  • The owners of The Deli and The Saloon opened up Liberty Craft House on prime real estate (College Avenue near the corner of Hiester Street) and with positive reviews for those looking for a non-college, college bar with a big craft beer selection.
  • Finally, Chili’s on South Allen Street closed its doors in May after 21 years of business. Champs Sports Grill—yes, that Champs—has plans to turn that space into its third location.

Amy Downey, senior editor

Entry filed under: State College, University Park.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Al  |  August 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    We’ll all be ok if the Rathskellar is still there!!

  • 2. amyjdowney  |  August 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    It’s still there!

  • 3. Kevin Landon  |  August 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Is the Train Station still gone?

  • 4. amyjdowney  |  August 17, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Sadly, yes — the Train Station is still gone.

  • 5. Kevin Landon  |  August 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I know the owner makes more from his dipping mustard than from The Train Station. More’s the pity!

  • 6. Theodore Boyes  |  September 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Produced through the support of Downtown Cleveland Alliance, the City of Cleveland and Great Lakes Publishing, this magazine gives an updated listing of all Downtown properties and a close-up view of living in Downtown. Digs is printed and released with the July issue of Cleveland Magazine each year.

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