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Owners of Deagan’s Opening Second Business in Lakewood

Wine bar — with outdoor patio — set to open its doors in the renovated Lakewood Plaza by the summer.

The folks who brought the successful “gastropub” concept — pairing high-end beer and quality food — to Lakewood are opening a second business in the city.

Dan Deagan and company signed a lease to open a wine bar in Lakewood Plaza.

Deagan, his wife, Erika, and partner Dan Stroup plan to open the wine bar in the 2,000-square-foot space in the location just to the east of Discount Drug Mart by the summer. 

And with plans for an outdoor patio on Detroit Avenue, the timing couldn’t be better.

Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar has already proven itself as one of the staples and a main attraction in the downtown Lakewood dining district.

As the ink on the new lease dries, Deagan is keeping a lid on many of the details of the new business — including its name. 

“We’re looking to do a wine bar,” he said, adding that there will be an extensive wine selection. “There aren’t wine bars in Lakewood. We want to do something that Lakewood is lacking.”

There will be some food, but it will be a “limited and simple” menu, he said.

“We want to add more to downtown Lakewood,” Deagan said. “We love it here. If I could open 15 businesses in Lakewood, I would. Between the city and the residents, I don’t have a single negative thing to say about Lakewood in my entire experience here.”

David Berkovitz, the project manager for the property owners Levey and Company, said he’s pleased with the progress of the plaza, and looks forward to filling out the space in the renovated building.

“It’s has come together very nicely,” he said. “It just needs that last splash of fresh plantings. In the spring, everything’s going to look very nice.”

Berkovitz said there’s only one vacancy left in the plaza — and it may not stay empty much longer. 

“We have a proposal out to a regional tenant,” he said. “We’re just waiting for the word.”

Chris Olsen January 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM
again i ask, is the PizzaBOGO still in the works for the plaza???? Deagens is awesome and i look forward to this, but....
Cindy January 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I think it's ridiculous....Lakewood has Enough alcohol establishments! I mean really! They have Rosie's Wine, then they are going to open the World of beer or whatever....Lakewood isn't going to be a nice little town anymore it's just gonna be a big party place! Great example for our children....I think it's time to decide If I want to remain here in my hometown! Very Sad!
Michael January 16, 2013 at 01:47 PM
It's a wine bar... not exactly a place where people go to "party." And just like the article said, there aren't any in Lakewood.
maggie j robinson January 16, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Go "Deagan's". We love the restaurant and will enjoy the end-of-the-day cocktail with coworkers, quick and close. Good choice and thanks!
Pat Ballasch January 16, 2013 at 02:15 PM
The Deagan's team has done a great job with their Detroit Rd. Restaurant. I look forward to their next establishment. Best wishes.
Crl4566 January 16, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Lakewood has always had the reputation for being full of bars, churches, and hair salons and has only a fraction of the alcohol establishments it had back in the 70's and 80's. Children's examples are set by how their parents view and utilize their community...not by the institutions in the community.
Val Mechenbier January 16, 2013 at 02:16 PM
PizzaBOGO had coupons in yesterday's coupon circular, with "Coming soon to Lakewood: 15320 Detroit Avenue".
Tate Davidson January 16, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Deagan's is great and I'm guessing this will be as well. This is a market Rozi's should have tapped into - they have a great patio but don't stay up past 9 on any night as far as I remember. Regarding alcohol-serving establishments, I'd rather see a place filled with life at night than another drug store or fast food restaurant. This isn't another sports bar - or late-night tavern - shouldn't really be compared to them IMHO.
Chrystal Jenkins January 16, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Sounds great!!! Please get some good distributors in there that have interesting wine portfolios. So often wine bars have the same old stuff and my husband and I so desperately crave new options.
Lauren Brocone January 16, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Deagan's is not a trashy place, I can't imagine this new venture will be either. People don't go to wine bars just to party and get trashed. It will add to the richness of the area. When my husband and I moved back to Cleveland after living away for a few years we chose Lakewood because there are so many places to eat, drink and shop. If anything, I think it encourages young families to live and raise their kids here.
Thomas Wagner January 16, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Best to Deagan's and we truly appreciate his love of Lakewood but I must take issue with the statement that Deagan's brought the "gastropub" concept to our fair town. The West End Tavern did that years before Deagans: Fine food, well presented, in an unpretentious but warm "tavern" environment. We have so many fine eateries, Deagans and J. Buggars included, but - In my humble opinion - the West End Tavern still has the best kitchen in Lakewood.
Chris January 16, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Yeah Deagans! Your first restaurant is great and a success. Much luck to you in your second venture.
Hol January 16, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I cannot wait for this wine bar to open. Beer is great but I prefer wine and would totally support this new place!!!! Keep the variety high and the pricing reasonable! I would love to see tasting stations that allow samples. Check out http://www.seventhstreetwine.com. They had wine tasting stations and it was a huge hit.
Susan Kaminski January 16, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I've loved Deagan's from the start - the staff is extremely friendly and attentive. As for 'too many' alcohol establishments and a non-family atmosphere, I've seen children in Deagan's with their parents almost every time I've been there. It's not a drink-till-u-drop place and neither will the Wine Bar be.
Corine Hardman-Szerdy January 16, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Make sure to carry local wine from out in Lake and Ashtabula Counties - plenty of vineyards out there!!
Susan Kaminski January 16, 2013 at 03:34 PM
The West End used to have a great menu but in the past couple of years it seems to be more 'bar food' and heavy on the fried food. I wish they'd go back to their origins.
SHAWN WITMER January 16, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I think that Dan Deagan's emphasis is clearly on quality not quantity, and concern about quantity seems to be implied in the concern about "enough alcohol establishments,." I view a wine bar with extended hours as contributing to local residents having more variety while also making Lakewood a more attractive "destination" location for people from the area. At GreenSmartGifts we have met people from across NE Ohio who come to Lakewood for the Melt experience, and often find themselves venturing into other venues (like ours!) So I give the wine bar concept two thumbs up - one for quality and the other for variety.
DLSJR January 16, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I agree with Susan. West end was a nice place to go, but now it has a funky smell and menu was unappealing. That could have been due to the bad smell too. My friend and I had our drink and walked down the street to eat somewhere else.
Paul Grimm January 16, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I hope Deagan's current chef goes to the new wine bar and they find a new chef more like the old chef for the original location.
The original Bill January 16, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Maybe Cindy would rather have them open a whine bar
Christina Cocchiarale Ward January 16, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Never ate at Deagan's but I'm all for some new businesses poking up in Lakewood. Now if we can shift some of them to the eastern end (like Helvetica), even better :) lol
Masek January 16, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Poor, poor, forgotten Madison Ave.
Barry Wemyss January 16, 2013 at 07:21 PM
We love Deagans, and are very much looking forward to the newest Detroit Ave. addition. As to whether it contributes to a trashy party atmosphere, there may be some places in this town that fit that description, but certainly not Deagans. If an establishment is promoting healthy, mature, responsible drinking habits, then they are alright in my book.
Colin McEwen January 16, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Thomas, you're right. I totally didn't mean to snub the West End Tavern — that place is great! West End was gastropub before the term came around.
ian king January 16, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Lakewood needs to really come together now and support the success of ONE business district in town - that being Detroit Ave. The times have changed, along with population decline, and Lakewood is probably never going to be able to support two separate business districts, now that Westgate and Crocker Park are options. Also, think WALKABILITY - City Council needs to really promote the area from Plantation to Breadsmith as a great, walkable downtown/strolling area. No one wants to drive, stop, park, shop - then drive, stop, park, shop again. This is the sad reality of the shops on Madison. It is not the future of retail. Crocker Park is successful since you can park once, walk and shop and enjoy a stroll through a nice landscaped area. Regardless of what you think about CP, it is what people want. Lakewood can learn from that success and reinvent its ONE downtown area with much nicer landscaping/streetscape, nicer lighting, better PR. The business world is finding Lakewood attractive again - at least Detroit Ave. - so come on City Government, step up and start to promote the WALKABILITY and UNIQUENESS of downtown Lakewood. And lets get rid of that awful Flag Mural - have a contest and get some local artists to paint a really beautiful mural that will be another attraction to visit downtown Lakewood. And how about getting a clock that works downtown?
John January 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Congratulations and keep up the good work. Lakewood is an exciting place to entertain and an even better place to live. Lakewood is alive and my family will continue to promote and support all of the great new and old restaurants in Lakewood (Deagans, Taco Tanto's, Barroco Grill, Eddie & Eddie's, Jammy Buggars, West End, Pier W) and our resilient retail businesses (Geiger's, Cerny's, Lakewood Hardware, Pet's General Store). Support Lakewood businesses. Shop local first. Friends don't let friends go to national chains!!!!
Tate Davidson January 17, 2013 at 02:25 AM
I'm with Ian on that patriotic flag mural. Wreaks of dictatorship :) lol
Kelly Rae Griffith January 17, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The old chef, Chef Demetrios, is at The Oak Barrel in Valley View. We checked it out last week, it was great. Similar menu to Degan's with a few different things.
vernon January 17, 2013 at 05:55 PM
with Rozi, deagan, and 3 bread places, all we need is cheese shop and we're good to go!! can we get savealot on madison? One on Detriot is awful.
marie kilbane January 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM
I was look forward Bogopizza opening in detroit ave and I don't see coupons.. Haven't tried taste thier Pizza yet :(

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