ASHTABULA — It’s the newest addition to West Avenue ... and it will remind you of family dinners at mom’s house.
Now open Brighter Horizons Family Restaurant offers lunch and dinners, including wraps, quesadillas, tacos, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, fish and chicken baskets and more. They also offer weekly specials such as surf and turf on Fridays for $18; steak night on Fridays for $15; wing and pizza night on Thursdays and all-you-can-eat spaghetti for $10 on Sunday. Everyday prices include sirloin steak dinners for $16; pasta dinners for $7.50, and 20 types of wings.
The restaurant employs five people to start off, with plans to add more as business picks up.
“We offer quick, fast comfort food that everyone is familiar with,” said manager Korrine Knuebel of Ashtabula. “I’m especially proud of our weekly specials. No one else in town has $15 steak night [12-ounce sirloin].”
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, customers can eat in under the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, or take advantage of curbside pick-up.
Gary and Kelly Skoch, owners of Brighter Horizons Residential Service and Shore Tavern, both in Madison, own the plaza and restaurant. Knuebel manages the restaurant and Clifton Dobbs, of Ashtabula, is the server.
Last February, Kevin Wade and his wife Brittany opened Wade’s Pastabilities in the same spot — just before the COVID-19 pandemic closed many small businesses. Knuebel and Dobbs worked at Wade’s.
For more than 25 years, Caruso’s Restaurant made a go of it in the same space.
Now Knuebel hopes to make a go of it, renaming the restaurant Brighter Horizons Family Restaurant.
As manager, Knuebel added a deal that’s sure to be a hit with local manufacturing workers — a 30-minute lunch.
“We will accommodate 30-minute lunch breaks,” she said. “They call in, we prepare their lunch and they can pick it up or come inside — in and out in 30 minutes.”
Dobbs hopes the restaurant will become a popular dining place for lunch and dinner with locals and visitors.
Knuebel is hopeful tourists will return this summer to Ashtabula for its proximity to Lake Erie, as well as the great shops and restaurants. She believes families will especially like Brighter Horizons for its low prices and great food.
The restaurant boasts new paint in a tasteful, understated style that looks fresh and homey.
The spacious, one-story restaurant seats 117, and is ideal for a wedding anniversary, birthday celebration or dinner for two.
Brighter Horizons, at 2313 West Ave., is open noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call manager Knuebel at 440-661-4002.