STRONGSVILLE – Something’s brewing and blooming at one local eatery.
Brew Garden, located at 16555 SouthPark Center, is celebrating its three-year anniversary.
Its oasis, the popular dining patio and bar, is in full bloom, and the perfect place to celebrate, creating a unique backdrop and ambience for a night, or a day, out. And another fixture of the restaurant is soon to be on tap.
“The patio bar area is a little more upbeat and consists of stone pillars and a reclaimed wooden bar. It kind of gives a Tuscan meets the Caribbean vibe. The patio bar is surrounded by high tops that overlook the huge pond below,” Owner Pat Potopsky said. “We have games like corn hole, human-size beer pong and Jenga.”
Large parties are no problem: themed food parties, retirement, graduation, baby showers, even a few weddings. The patio’s party section can accommodate groups of 20-60, all the way to 250.
The party section is somewhat secluded from the other areas and has a beautiful view of all the trees overlooking the water, Potopsky said. All tastings and even tap takeover events are hosted here, where a brewery comes in and takes over a few beer handles for the day.
Stay tuned because the Brew Garden’s new, trendy cellar wine bar will be another hot spot too, opening soon.
Inside, the main dining area makes the perfect retreat for those looking for some cool relief from the hot sun. It is just as appetizing as the food. It’s industrial with wood repurposed from four old barns in Athens. It’s a feast for the eyes, always beautifully decorated by Shelly Ray Productions, especially for major holidays, such as St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and Christmas, adding charm and character.
“It has a warm, cozy, industrial feel. It’s just a great atmosphere,” Potopsky said.
There are three party rooms, one with its own bar, for private gatherings, accommodating 20 to 150 guests, with their own patios. Brew Garden caters, too.
Of course, it’s all about the food, and Brew Garden delivers on taste.
The Smokehouse section is popular with smoked brisket and slow-cooked pork straight out of the restaurant’s Kansas-style slow cooker. The trademarked Cleveland Press is the biggest selling sandwich. And the Titan burger is the No. 1 hamburger, a nod to the first location in Middleburg.
“Our burgers are phenomenal,” Potopsky said.
For those who prefer lighter fare, there is a great selection of salads, such as the triple berry and the Brew Garden chop.
Chef Marc Caterina is creating specials all summer long like Argentine-style grilled Mako Shark with chimichurri finish, coconut roasted plantain risotto and rum-glazed carrots.
The restaurant understands today’s diners adhere to varying lifestyles, so the menu can accommodate vegans, paleo, keto and gluten-free guests.
“All you have to do is tell us. Our Mediterranean-grilled sirloin kabobs are amazing and for the keto and paleo crowd, we can substitute cauliflower rice,” Potopsky said. “The charred cauliflower is a must-try.”
The rest of the menu is a wide and unique variety of flat breads, cantina bowls, chipotle chicken salad wraps, pizza and appetizers.
With a name like Brew Garden, the beer shines, too.
“Beer connoisseurs love us because we rotate our 30 beers weekly and every week we get a specialty beer where only four kegs are out there in the entire state and we get one of them,” Potopsky said.
Happy hour is all day until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Potopsky knows what he’s doing, having experience in the restaurant industry since 1994. He grew up in North Royalton and majored in business at Case Western Reserve University and marketing at graduate school.
Like a fine wine, each of his restaurants gets better with age, but Potopsky said he cannot take all the credit for the success of the Brew Garden concept. General Manager Claudine Aviles helped create the concept and open the Middleburg location in 2012. Strongsville’s opened in 2016 and a third Brew Garden is in the works for Medina.
Potopsky and Aviles are always perfecting the recipe for success.
“We strive for great atmosphere and attention to detail year-round, and I think we have that here,” Potopsky said.
Bryon Milter, of Middleburg, is a regular who keeps coming back for seconds.
“I keep coming back for the service, the friendly smiles, the good food, the all-around atmosphere,” he said. “The patio is inviting, it’s the nicest patio around. This is one of the best bars around.”
Brew Garden is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. For more information, visit brewgarden.com.