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Last year, chef Zaman Khan took over Flats’ former East End property and reopened the restaurant as 1330 on the River in late 2020. A week later, a fire closed the restaurant’s door.
“It was a great week,” says Kahn. “We were busy as a whole. To be honest, as a chef and restaurant owner, it was one of the best, easiest and happiest weeks of my life.”
Instead of being gloomy, Kahn and his partner made a fresh start by using downtime to redesign the interior and rebuild the riverside patio. It takes place from mid-August to late August. When the work is complete, the building will contain two separate but complementary concepts. The restaurant on the main floor and the “Speakeasy-type lounge on the lower floor, with light meals, cocktails and cigars”. Both enjoy views of the Kaiyahoga River.
“It will get sick,” he says. “It’s a double-decker patio with a garage door downstairs and a pergola upstairs. There’s room to dock four boats on the new patio.”
Called Zeek, Khan opened his first restaurant, Zeeks on Sixth, in Austin. He takes pride not only in the food he prepares, but also in the atmosphere he prepares and provides to his guests.
“I like liveliness,” he says. “I’m from the city of music, so I want to provide an electrical atmosphere with music and neon-like atmosphere throughout the restaurant at night, but during…