LAKEWOOD, Ohio — For the better part of the fall, the scuttlebutt around Lakewood’s culinary scene had to do with changes afoot at Detroit Avenue restaurant Lindey’s Lake House, which opened its doors in 2019.
It turns out that the rumors were true, with Lindey’s Lake House being renamed and rebranded Bar Italia. The new eatery is expected to open later this month.
“Honestly, COVID killed us,” said Next Cool Restaurants (NCR) CEO Rick Doody, the restaurateur behind Cedar Creek Grille, 17 River Grille and Lindey’s Lake House.
“Our carryout business has broken. What we realized is while the Lindey’s Lake House menu doesn’t lend itself that well to carryout, what was working were the pasta dishes we added to the menu during the shutdown,” he said.
“We were like, wow, maybe this is a sign of what people want in Lakewood. We try to think we’re close to our