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Bravo restaurant in Mentor closes

October 17, 2018

                                                                              A sign now indicates that Bravo in Mentor, Ohio is closed indefinitely.

                                                                              The sign that hangs on the door of the eatery reads, “Thank you for being a                                                                                     loyal guest. It is with much consideration that as of today Bravo Mentor will be                                                                                 permanently closed. We have enjoyed serving you and invite you to visit us at                                                                                   Bravo Eton in Woodmere, Ohio. Gift cards and Loyalty Rewards can be                                                                                               redeemed at any Bravo or Brio location. You can reach us at 888-452-7286 or                                                                                 email loyaltyservices@foodfirst.com.”

                                                                             Bravo, which opened in Mentor in 2004, was going to lose some of their                                                                                            parking spaces to the new Starbucks that is being built. A structure on the site                                                                                 that Starbucks is building on has already been leveled.

The closure of Bravo has not only patrons aware but city officials as well.

“As with all of our vacant properties, we are anxious to work with the property owners on a new tenant, but we are not aware yet as to concrete plans for that property,” said Mentor Economic Development Director Kevin Malecek. “Given the economic vitality of the (Route) 306 ‘Restaurant Row’ corridor and the plans for imminent development around the site, I would anticipate that the vacancy created by Bravo’s departure will not remain for very long.”

On Aug. 16th, Starbucks received approval for the drive-through and outdoor dining. The new building and patio will be built on about 1 acre of land.

By adjusting the lot line to the North, Starbucks will be able to more than double the existing acreage on the site. According to a project representative at the Planning Commission meeting, some of the parking was planned to be shared with Bravo.

When the issue of sharing parking arose, a commission member had questioned whether enough parking would be left for Bravo.

Starbucks plans to begin construction in November with anticipated opening in May or June of next year.