By Jeff Gallatin
City Council has approved an area businessman cooking up a new $500,000 breakfast/lunch/brunch restaurant expected to go into the Great Northern shopping strip this fall.
Owner Tony D’Agostino said he is shooting for a mid-September opening for a Scrambler Marie’s which will go into the far west end of the strip mall next to RadioShack. It will be the third Scrambler Marie’s in the Greater Cleveland area and 22nd overall in Ohio and Michigan. The other two Cleveland locations are in Mayfield Heights and Mentor.
D’Agostino, a native Clevelander, said the North Olmsted location will follow the successful model used by other locations.
“I traveled around the country for another business for 30 years, and there is a niche for a good, mid-level, early breakfast, lunch location which serves a good meal in a nice place,” he said. “North Olmsted’s a good community and business location, and businesses are successful there.
“Scrambler Marie’s is a family-owned restaurant concept long known for its exclusive day operations, open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day,” he said.
D’Agostino said Scrambler Marie’s serves breakfast, brunch and lunch daily. The menu includes items such as bottomless pancakes, waffles and French toast, omelets, Benedicts, crepes, quiches, wraps, skillets, burgers, sandwiches and fresh salads. In addition to breakfast, lunch and brunch services, the restaurant will be available for catered private celebrations such as rehearsal dinners, showers, birthdays, anniversaries or business functions and meetings.
D’Agostino said the restaurant’s business plan has worked well.
“Through the years the same basic ideals have remained the same,” he said. “We serve a unique menu with fresh ingredients and friendly service. We shred our own cheeses and crack our own eggs fresh from the shell daily. We make our own pancake batter, salsa and chicken salad the old-fashioned way – from scratch. All these things are time-consuming and expensive, but they help give our food that flavor you just can’t get anywhere else. We pride ourselves in developing repeat customers into friends visiting us frequently.”
Paul Schumann, chairman of City Council’s Building, Zoning and Development Committee, said he’s pleased to see the restaurant coming to North Olmsted.
“They’ve picked a good location, which should work well for the restaurant,” he said. “A lot of people go to that area already and they’ve done well elsewhere, so they should be able to draw new customers as well,” he said.