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!
Gordon Square and Detroit Shoreway have experienced a resurgence of activity. There are some wonderful restaurants and shops nearby. Take a walk around and explore our neighborhood, and then grab some dinner at…
Sibling to ABC the Tavern (W 25th St.) and ABC Uptown (University Circle).
CPT’s go-to for dinner and a drink. Hip American pub fare with a full bar,
small patio, and a fine selection of whiskey, bourbon, and craft beers.
In between CPT and Gypsy Bean.
A wonderful dining experience with classic contemporary cuisine
featuring spectacular seafood, signature salads, and pastas, along
with hearty steaks and chops.
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. Just west of W. 65th on Detroit Ave.
The perfect place to gather for fine food and spirits while exploring
a market brimming with imported and domestic cheeses, cured meats,
olives, oils and vinegars, grains, pasta, rice, and much more.
Gordon Square’s neighborhood coffee shop.
In addition to your caffeine fix, get a soup and sandwich,
salad or pastry before or after the show.
Just west of CPT at the corner of W 65th and Detroit.
Handcrafted cocktails, a great wine list and
exceptional locally-sourced upscale farm fare in an intimate setting.
A locally owned and operated craft sandwich and Beer bistro
focusing on providing the majority of its ingredients from local farms
Brewnuts makes small batch, craft beer-based donuts made in the heart
of Cleveland, combining the hospitality of the corner donut shop with
the comfort of your favorite watering hole. They love Cleveland, beer, and
donuts—put them all together and you’ve got a Brewnut!
Your very own piece of Puerto Rico in Cleveland! Ricon Criollo’s food is
made fresh from scratch and is affordable and very delicious.
Sit, relax, and let them take care of you!
Stop by and play over 20 games ranging from the 50’s to the latest releases. Located
in the heart of Gordon Square, Superelectric is a great addition to a fun night out!
Modern takes on Mexican comfort foods, offered with craft margaritas made with
fresh ingredients in a folk art-filled space.
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.
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.
A fun casual, restaurant and bar specializing in eclectic pan-Asian and American
food and drinks.
A virtual food hall for a new world. Find options for each member of your
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A wine bar and shop that focuses on an approachable, affordable, and fun