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By: InterContinental Cleveland / 01 Jul 2024


Little Italy's small business community has a new charming addition to its ranks. Affettati, which is located at 12401-03 Mayfield Rd, is a unique arrival to the neighborhood, and has received a warm welcoming. Owner Kevin Dawe is no stranger to the food industry, having worked at his family's business, Spoon Market in Wooster, Ohio, from a very young age. From 2016 till about 2020 he worked for Butcher and the Brewer, in downtown Cleveland, then moved on to Pinhook Meats, in Lucas, Ohio. Dawe got an opportunity to embark on his own endeavor this past year, looking to offer good sandwiches and smoked meats for a good price. His chance came in the form of an opening at a property in Little Italy's main business district along Mayfield Rd.
The name Affettati means cold-cuts in Italian, and is fitting given Dawe's extensive experience in the business. His main attraction are the sandwiches which are prepared to go. The bread is made in house and is Focaccia style, and his cold-cuts, and sausages are provided by Pinhook Meats. The menu is simple and has vegetarian options, and I can personally recommend the prosciutto sandwich, which comes with ricotta cheese, mozzarella, red onion, and arugula. At the moment the shop is open Thursday through Saturday, 11am till 6pm, and Dawe is looking to extend his hours in the future. For now, you won't find Affettati on google maps so if you have any questions, or need directions, you can stop by the Concierge Desk to inquire.


The Detroit-Superior Bridge is one of Cleveland's most prolific thruways, and from 1918 till 1954 the sub-level of the bridge was used for a popular Cleveland streetcar line. For years after its closure, the underside of the bridge sat dormant, but in the past few years the city has periodically opened it for recreational activities, tours, and most recently, it hosted a Summer Solstice event. Now, new plans have emerged to turn this once overlooked space into something more permanent for the community. Cuyahoga County, with the help of a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, is now conducting a feasibility and engineering plan. The idea is for the former railway to be turned into a "park in the sky."
The project is being spearheaded by Cuyahoga County Executive, Chris Ronayne, and has been coined the name Low Line, which is a call to New York's High Line (a public park built on an elevated historic freight line). While the project is still in its initial stages and no build date has been set, it is still a promising reimagining of one of Cleveland's many historic overlooked spaces.

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