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New Burntwood Tavern Opening in Old Cuyahoga Falls

The conceptual, comfort food-style restaurant should be open by late summer or early fall.

The 6,500-square-foot LeFever Powerhouse will be the new home of Burntwood Tavern #5. Photo Credit: Burntwood Tavern
The 6,500-square-foot LeFever Powerhouse will be the new home of Burntwood Tavern #5. Photo Credit: Burntwood Tavern
If all goes as planned, the Burntwood Tavern will open its fifth location in Cuyahoga Falls along the city's historic riverfront corridor within the next two months.

Even better, Burntwood will open in the defunct Samira space located at 2219 Riverfront Pkwy. 

It may come as no surprise that the restaurant features smoked, planked and wood-grilled food, but critics and patrons alike have been caught off guard by the rapid growth and uncharacteristic success of the comfort food-style eatery. 

Owners Bret Adams, Dave and Fran Miller and managing partner Ian Hopkins opened the first Burntwood in 2010 in Chagrin Falls, and have since opened locations in Brecksville, Rocky River and Solon, according to burntwoodtavern.com

Once Samira unexpectedly closed this past January, Cuyahoga Falls Development Director Sue Truby contacted Burntwood's ownership in hopes of luring them into a district the city envisions is ripe for growth. 

"I am certain that this location on the Cuyahoga River, coupled with the dam removal, and all the downtown festivities, led to their decision to locate here," said Truby. 

Like its other restaurants, Burntwood plans on bringing in its conceptual barn wood interior design and infusing it with the space that once operated Cuyahoga Falls' LeFever Dam. 

"We are using the exposed brick and some of the old machinery to make a cool design. We are moving the bar right into the power house room," said Hopkins in Cleveland Scene on July 6. 

The bar will be split off from the dining room, and other spaces will be made available for private dining.

The owners also plan on making good use of the five exterior patios which all overlook the river. 

"I'm very pleased to have Mr. Adams choose Cuyahoga Falls for his newest Burntwood Tavern location. It is a perfect compliment to the vision I have for our riverfront," said City Council President Don Walters.

For the complete Burntwood Tavern history and menu, click here. 
Stephanie M July 09, 2013 at 02:05 PM
My husband and I just had dinner recently at the Brecksville location. What a great place! Yummy food and fairly reasonably priced for a nice dinner out. I'm so excited this is moving into Samira's spot!
Kim July 11, 2013 at 07:55 AM
I also just ate at the Brecksville location. It was very good. Glad to see come to Cuyahoga Falls.
Audrey Overholt October 12, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Audrey O.....what a fantastic venue at the Cuyahoga Falls Burntwood Tavern. Unbelievably awesome food and the bar is absolutely gorgeous. Very glad to highly recommend this venue. The entertainment of the evening was provided by Island Doctor (a.k.a. Shot Doctor) who provided the best musical rendition of Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney to name a few. Its always a fabulous evening when Island Doctor is performing. The crowd loved him. Looking forward to more evenings there with the Island Doctor!! Kuddos to Burntwood Tavern and Island Doctor...we definitely will be back.
Jeanette Broda November 03, 2013 at 11:13 AM
We ate there last night and had the best tasting food! All 4 meals were fabulous. Check out the Calamari, flat breads and Salmon BLT. Service was excellent, atmosphere very cool. We will be back a lot more. Love it,
Kim November 03, 2013 at 01:00 PM
We ate there on Sweetest Day for our anniversary. It was so pretty and the food was fantastic. I have also been to the one in Brecksville for the brunch. Had a wonderful service. We are already making plans with a few friends to go during the holidays. Thank you so much for coming to the Falls.

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