More than 30 years ago, Cleveland Magazine credited chef and restaurateur Zack Bruell with introducing the area to an emerging west-coast trend of bistro dining and fusion cuisine. Bruell brought the concept from his work with famed chef Michael McCarty of the landmark eatery, Michael’s Santa Monica—a restaurant recognized for influencing dining attitudes throughout North America with its California nouvelle cuisine. Bruell imported the new style to Cleveland, where he opened Z Contemporary Cuisine in Shaker Heights in the early 1980s. Although he eventually sold Z, Bruell’s fans did not forget him. He got back into the game in 2004 with the opening of Parallax in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. In only eight years, Bruell opened four more fine dining restaurants: Table 45 at the InterContinental Cleveland, L’Albatros, Chinato and Cowell & Hubbard. Bruell also recently opened DYNOMITE, his first fast casual concept.
Today, Bruell is the only restaurateur in Cleveland to have six successful establishments within the city limits, plus a restaurant-style catering and events company, Zack Bruell Events. In the past year, Bruell has also created and debuted a full line of gourmet coffees, Zack’s Brews, as well as Zack Bruell Olive Oil, 100% Extra Virgin, that are sold in Heinen’s and Fishers Foods stores in Northeast Ohio.
Parallax, located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, is Chef Zachary Bruell’s flagship restaurant, with a strong emphasis on fusion seafood and sushi.
Table 45 at the InterContinental Cleveland features richly flavored World Cuisine, including sushi, tandoori clay oven creations and a popular international “street food” lunch menu in a chic, minimalist setting.
L’Albatros is a traditional French brasserie, set in an old carriage house on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, featuring daily specials and extensive cheese and wine offerings.
Chinato features innovative cuisine that highlights various culinary regions and techniques used throughout Italy, in a space that blends urban vibrancy and old world charm on Cleveland’s E. 4th Street.
Cowell & Hubbard, an innovative, modern French restaurant situated in the center of PlayhouseSquare, takes its name and its design essence from the iconic jewelry store that occupied the space from 1920 to 1981.
DYNOMITE offers fresh, made-to-order, take-away burgers and sides done from scratch, as well as wine, beer, custom ice cream, milk shakes and more. DYNOMITE is located in the heart of PlayhouseSquare. www.dynomitecleveland.com.
Zack Bruell Events is a custom restaurant-style catering service geared toward providing delicious, signature Zack Bruell dishes at off-site events. The custom catering service offers a range of culinary options, from hors d’oeuvres to multi-course sit-down dinners, depending on the style and setting of the event. Patrons can chose from a selection of favorite Bruell restaurant dishes to feature – or work with chefs to create a specially-tailored menu that is unique to their particular event.
Zack Bruell introduces Zack’s Brews, a line of signature Zack Bruell coffees available at Heinen’s sand Fishers Foods stores. The six blends – one for each restaurant, plus Bruell’s signature “Hot Lips” flavor – are custom-roasted and packaged locally by Caruso’s Coffee in Brecksville, Ohio, ensuring maximum freshness and flavor. The custom-designed packaging includes the blend description, as well as suggested pairings.
Zack Bruell Olive Oil, 100% Extra Virgin, is made from arbequina, arbosana and koroneiki olives, which are all grown by Corto Olive, a family-owned agribusiness in California’s Central Valley. The olives are picked directly from the tree and milled within hours of harvesting, for optimal flavor and freshness. Served in all of Bruell’s fine dining restaurants—Parallax, Table 45, Chinato, L’Albatros and Cowell & Hubbard—Zack Bruell Olive Oil, 100% Extra Virgin is the latest Bruell restaurant product to be made available at Heinen’s and Fishers Foods.