Restaurant in Rocky River is celebrating its 60th anniversary
this year. The eatery is known for its burgers. (West Life photo
by Larry Bennet)
Rustic Restaurant to reopen in Rocky River
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published Oct. 17, 2007
Restaurant, a fixture on the west side of Cleveland since 1947,
is set to reopen this month after a June 6 electrical fire closed
A prep cook arrived at the restaurant early that June
morning to discover that a fire had broken out in the kitchen exhaust
hood. Owners Gary and Kurt Riegelsberger arrived moments later to
see flames shooting through the exhaust fan on the roof.
“When I got inside, it didn’t look that bad,” Gary
Riegelsberger said. He originally thought they would be able to
reopen in a couple of weeks. Four months later, the cousins admit
to having gained considerable knowledge about reopening a restaurant
after a fire.
“There were so many things that needed to be reworked,”
Kurt said. “Our guests will notice that the brown air conditioning duct
work that straddled the ceiling is gone and the carpet and drapes
are new. But, the most extensive work has been in the kitchen.”
The only kitchen equipment to survive the fire was a walk-in refrigerator
and the dishwasher. “It will take some time to become familiar with
the new ovens and stoves,” Gary added.
“The entire building has been emptied. The tables
and chairs were sent to be cleaned and reconditioned, along with
all of the china and silverware,” he said. “There have been other
improvements while we were closed. Kurt and I have worked on menu development and tested some new recipes.
But essentially, the menu and pricing will be remain the same.”
The new menu items will be added to Rustic’s regular bill of fare
The restaurant will still serve breakfast from 7 to
11 a.m. on Monday through Saturday. Featured items include the Rustic
special, with two eggs, bacon or sausage and toast for just $3.29.
There are a variety of three-egg omelettes on the breakfast menu,
along with homemade corned beef hash, hot cakes, French toast, fresh
muffins and pecan rolls.
Lunch and dinner patrons can begin their meal with
a bowl of chili, now in season, or the homemade soup du jour. Hot
and crisp Brew City onion rings ($2.99) are a customer favorite.
Burgers are made with fresh, never frozen ground round.
The signature Riegelsberger is a third-pound of ground steak on
a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayonnaise ($4.99).
The patty melt on toasted rye bread with grilled onions and American
cheese ($3.99) is one of the best in town. My grown children still
love Rustic’s peanutburger ($2.99), made with real peanut butter.
Other excellent sandwich choices are the lake perch
sandwich ($4.99), turkey Reuben with Swiss cheese and cole slaw
($5.99), chicken pesto on ciabatta bread ($7.49), and sliced pork
loin on a Kaiser bun with spicy Rustic sauce ($5.29).
Among the offered entrée selections are the fresh
Lake Erie perch dinner with French fries and coleslaw ($12.99),
open-face filet mignon sandwich with potato and salad ($12.99),
and boneless pork chops ($9.79). Numerous daily lunch and dinner
options are posted daily, in addition to the regular menu.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the restaurant
opened by the Riegelsberger cousin’s grandfather, Tony Riegelsberger.
“Once we are open and used to the nuances of the new equipment,
we will turn our attention away from the fire and on to the anniversary,”
The Rustic Restaurant, located at 20780 Center Ridge
Road in Rocky River, is open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday
through Saturday. Seating is on a first-to-arrive basis. Credit
cards are now being accepted. The restaurant has wheelchair access.
Phone (440) 333-2422.