Cleveland, Ohio-After more than a year of planning, development and delays, Cleveland chef Dante Boccazzi’s latest restaurant, Goma, will open on July 1st.
The sushi concept continues on East Force Street in 2079, on the corner of Cleveland’s popular East Force Entertainment district, opposite the Flanneries Pub. The space was previously occupied by Zack Bruel’s restaurant Chinato. Closed in May 2019..
Boccazzi and his team are busy remodeling the space with dark voyage-themed decorations. There is a large bar in the center of the room, booths lined up on the outer wall, and seats lined with pot tables designed for shabu-shabu.
Downstairs, a Speakeasy-style cocktail lounge called Giappone is scheduled to open in July.
“We have completely relocated the space from its previous state,” says Boccuzzi. “I’m trying to capture an open space full of energy. Imagine it’s full. Imagine that the garage doors are open, energy is flowing out, and loud music is playing at certain times. If you do, it will be loud. “
Goma will add a series of restaurants under the “Dante Dining Group”. This includes Chef’s flagship Tremont Restaurant Dante, Ginkgo, Dante Inferno, Dante Next Door, Northside Speakeasy, Coda and DBA. Boccuzzi previously ran DC Pasta Co. in Strongsville, but closed quietly in 2020.
The chef is excited to be part of the East Forces district of Cleveland.
“I was always envious of this street,” Boccazzi said. “It’s only a matter of time and…