CLEVELAND, Ohio — After more than two years of planning, development and delays, Cleveland chef Dante Boccuzzi’s latest restaurant Goma is nearing an opening, set for July 1.
The sushi concept takes over 2079 East 4th Street, stationed at the corner of Cleveland’s popular East Fourth entertainment district, across the street from Flannery’s Pub. The space was formerly occupied by Zack Bruell’s restaurant Chinato, which closed in May 2019.
Boccuzzi and his team have been busy remodeling the space with dark, nautical-themed decor. A large bar takes over the center of the room, and booths line the outer wall with hot pot tables designed for diners to enjoy shabu-shabu, a Japanese hot pot dish, at their seats.
Downstairs, a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge named Giappone is set to open sometime in July.
“We totally rearranged the space from what it was before,” Boccuzzi said. “Trying to capture an open space that’s full of energy. Imagining when it’s full, it’s going to be loud with the garage doors open, energy flowing outside, loud music at certain hours.”
Goma adds to a string of restaurants under “Dante Dining Group,” which also includes the chef’s flagship Tremont restaurant Dante, Ginko, Dante’s Inferno, Dante Next Door, Northside Speakeasy, Coda and DBA. Boccuzzi previously also operated D.C. Pasta Co. in Strongsville, which quietly closed its doors in 2020.
The chef is excited to be a part of Cleveland’s East Fourth neighborhood.