Eastland Inn Restaurant and Tavern




Eastland Inn Restaurant & Tavern

33 Eastland Rd., Berea, Ohio


Ph. 440.625.0040


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Eastland Inn Restaurant & Tavern


The Eastland Inn Restaurant and Tavern resides at 33 Eastland Road in Berea Ohio. The Inn is a Southwest Cleveland landmark located just South of Bagley Road and Baldwin Wallace College. The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds are located just up the street. With Strongsville to the South, Middleburg Hts to it's East, Brook Park to it's North and Olmsted Falls to it's West. The Berea Ohio Restaurant & Bar is well positioned as a local favorite establishment.


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Eastland Inn Restaurant & Tavern

33 Eastland Rd., Berea, Ohio

Ph. 440.625.0040




Weather's a bummer? Find a respite at Berea's Eastland Inn

Rich Heileman, Sun NewsBy Rich Heileman, Sun News 
on December 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Berea, Ohio --It's only a handful of days until the new year arrives, so there's no denying that there's a lot of winter ahead.


That's why it's great to know that Berea's iconic Eastland Inn, 33 Eastland Road, is still just up the road and around the bend and still serving the "comfort foods" that have pleased patrons for 75 years.

Domenic Ruggiero, his sister, Daniela and business partner Mark Bardwell recently took over operations from co-owner Dave Peterkoski and his wife, Liz, who had the Eastland Inn for 16 years.

Ruggiero, a former part-owner of the Front Row Bar and Grill in Brook Park, said he wanted to get into something with a "more homey" atmosphere.

"We saw the potential the Eastland could have with its history. We want to keep it that way and add some new traditions, like homemade food specials. But our main traditions will stay." he said.


So, long-time patrons who can't wait to get over to the Eastland for the Friday fish fry, "the most popular dish on the restaurant's menu," or the burgers, which Ruggiero says are "the second most popular," won't have to worry that these savory eats are going anywhere.

In coming weeks, the Inn's new owners will be "doing a facelift," cleaning the place up a bit with paint and new flooring, Ruggiero said, adding, "we're hoping for another 75 years."

With the cold, gray days ahead, these are reassuring words.




Cross Streets:
Eastland Road and Fowles Road (see: Map)
Just minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Baldwin Wallace University, Finnie Stadium, Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Cleveland Browns Berea Training Camp Complex and Southwest General Hospital.
On Site (or behind Inn on Adams St.)

11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Mon-Fri

Saturdays 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Sundays: Open ONLY for Browns games

American Traditional and Classic
Meals Served:

Dinner and Lunch

are accepted
Dress Code:
Anything Goes
Full Bar and wine list
Outdoors Only
Restaurant Style:
Bar Style:
Neighborhood / Pub-style
Event Caterer for Business or Private Parties

Atmosphere and Personality:
Bar Scene, Fun And Flirty, and Laid Back Casual
Live Music & Entertainment:
Yes (mostly weekends)
Noise Level:
Entertainment, Happy Hour, Jukebox, Karaoke, Live Entertainment and Signature Dishes
Average Drink Price:
Payment Methods:
Cash and Major Credit Cards


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New owners, same spirit at Berea's Eastland Inn restaurant


Grant Segall, The Plain DealerBy Grant Segall, The Plain Dealer
on October 16, 2014 at 3:06 PM, updated October 18, 2014



BEREA, Ohio At Wednesday's meeting, the staff quickly showed the incoming owners the spirit of the roughly 80-year-old Eastland Inn.

When soon-to-be co-owner Domenic Ruggiero gave out his cell number, bartender Fred Lozano dialed it right away, just to make sure Ruggiero was on the level. Lozano wants the new boss to be as open and down-to-earth as this warm, charitable hangout on Eastland Road.

Outgoing co-owner Dave Peterkoski helped to break in Ruggiero. Peterkoski and his wife, Liz, are turning over the Eastland's keys on Sunday -- 16 years to the date after taking over the restaurant.

At the meeting, Dave Peterkoski announced that Ruggiero had named Lindsey Bobich as his first employee of the month. Then Peterkoski handed her a gift-wrapped prize supposedly from Ruggiero. It turned out to be a toilet seat with her picture inside.

Ruggiero caught on fast to the Eastland clan's sense of humor. When chef Gwen Hall asked if she should keep buying groceries for the kitchen as usual, he said, "Can you buy me something?"

After the meeting, Ruggiero bought something, too: a round for all the workers who were there but off duty.

The Eastland Inn is no Ritz-Carlton. It's a dark little retreat with a bare wooden bar, scuffed paneling, painted bricks, dim linoleum, faded posters, Browns schedules, and, during this Halloween season, lots of skeletons.

The place serves up hearty entrees of chicken, steak, pasta and more at down-home prices, from $9.95 to $19.95. It's known for long-running jokes and long-running friendships. It has sponsored many community fund-raisers and served free meals on Thanksgiving.

"Love it," said customer Tim Thomas. Why? "Good people."

The customers hope the place stays the same. "Cosmetic changes, OK," said Michael Shannon, who's been coming here for 30 years with his dad, Bill, a 40-year customer. "As long as the atmosphere doesn't change."

Customer Shirley Zitnar said she'll miss the Peterkoskis. "They were such nice people. They always treated me good."

Liz grew up in North Olmsted, moved to Las Vegas and came back to town for a visit. She met Dave from Berea and married him a year later to the date. The next day, they heard that their bid for the Eastland had been accepted.

Says Liz, "The bar has been our honeymoon. We've put our heart and soul in this place."

And their knees. Dave got one of his replaced recently, then hurried back to work, where his retooled body put unfamiliar pressure on both feet.

Now the lifelong cook plans to look for other work. Liz will keep her day job as secretary to Teamsters Local 293.

Ruggiero comes from a big family with its own local traditions. Several relatives have worked in the Berea schools, including his brother, Vincent, principal of Berea-Midpark High School.

Domenic Ruggiero co-owned the Front Row tavern in Brook Park for five years before selling it a year ago. He'll run the Eastland with help from his sister, Daniela, who works by day at Vitamix, and their friend Mark Bardwell, who installs steam plants in factories.

Ruggiero said he might make some changes at the Eastland over time but would respect its traditions. For now, he plans to keep the same hours, menu, drinks, staff, bands and events. He hoped at first to keep the Thanksgiving meals -- more than 700 per year -- but canceled them after learning that he'd have to start preparing them right away.

"We want to keep everything as is and improve it," he said. "Whatever the customers like. We don't want to change anything that's going well."





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