What our Neighborhood has to offer
The Gordon Square Arts District’s vibrancy is driven by arts and culture. It’s where our diverse neighbors live and thrive. It’s where entrepreneurs create small businesses, from art galleries to pinball parlors to handmade leather goods to wonderful restaurants. It is also where Northeast Ohioans come to experience some of the most remarkable art in our region—not just at Cleveland Public Theatre—but also at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, 78th Street Studios, Near West Theatre, and so many more.
This convergence of arts and community development has long been the dream (and plan) of Cleveland Public Theatre. As the first major anchor of our neighborhood revitalization, CPT has been working to transform the neighborhood since the early 80s! In 1999, Founder James Levin reached out to Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization with a vision of Gordon Square as an arts district. With James’ leadership, Gordon Square Arts District was born and Near West Theatre joined the partnership. A collaborative capital campaign led by Matt Zone, Albert Ratner, Dick Pogue, and Tom Sullivan transformed the physical properties of the neighborhood, stabilized our anchor arts assets, and led to an economic revitalization.
Today, more than 80 new businesses are thriving in the neighborhood. Gordon Square Arts District spans west to 78th Street Studios, home to dozens of art galleries and studios, and east to include Talespinner Children’s Theatre and Maelstrom Collaborative Arts. Gordon Square Arts District is an incredible model for how long-term investment in the arts can not only change lives, but also change our neighborhoods!
Grab a bite to eat!
Gordon Square and the Detroit Shoreway have experienced a resurgence of activity in the last six years. There are some excellent local restaurants nearby guaranteed to satisfy any craving!
Flight Cleveland is your neighborhood wine shop and bar offering an approachable, adventurous, and affordable wine experience.
BLUE HABANERO STREET TACOS & TEQUILA
Modern takes on Mexican comfort foods, offered with craft margaritas made with fresh ingredients in a folk art-filled space.
URBAN KITCHEN & DELI
An American-style kitchen and deli serving local specialties made with the finest ingredients that are locally sourced. The focus on natural, wholesome, and healthy cooking.
Handcrafted cocktails, a great wine list and exceptional locally-sourced upscale farm fare in an intimate setting.
FRANKS FALAFEL HOUSE
A family-owned restaurant that has been a staple in the Gordon Square district for over 10 years. The perfect place to get healthy and tasty Middle Eastern food.
GYPSY BEANS & BAKING CO.
Gordon Square’s neighborhood coffee shop. In addition to your caffeine fix, get a soup, sandwich, salad, or pastry before or after the show.
LUXE KITCHEN & LOUNGE
If XYZ is a great bar with great food, Luxe is a great restaurant with a great bar. Mediterranean/Italian ranging from traditional to refined
with an upscale feel.
A locally owned and operated craft sandwich and beer bistro focusing on providing the majority of its ingredients from local farms
ASTORIA CAFÉ & MARKET
The perfect place to gather for fine food and spirits while exploring a market brimming with imported and domestic foods.
A local innovative New York-style pizza spot with a great environment, yummy food, and delicious drinks. Their goal is to channel that spirit and create a neighborhood pizzeria that pays homage to the immigrants who moved here while creating a place for current residents and visitors to enjoy.
DON’S LIGHTHOUSE GRILLE
A wonderful dining experience with classic contemporary cuisine
featuring spectacular seafood, signature salads, and pastas, along
with hearty steaks and chops.
RINCON CRIOLLO RESTAURANT
Your very own piece of Puerto Rico in Cleveland! Rincon Criollo’s food is made fresh from scratch and is affordable and very delicious. Sit, relax, and let them take care of you!
XYZ THE TAVERN
Sibling to ABC the Tavern and ABC Uptown. Hip American pub fare with a full bar, small patio, and a fine selection of whiskey, bourbon, and craft beers.
A fun casual restaurant and bar specializing in eclectic pan-Asian and American food and drinks.