ASHTABULA — “Very meaty, very cheesy” — that’s how the co-owner of a new restaurant in town describes the menu.
Ashtabula natives Christopher Turner and Shane Clinard are celebrating the May 8 opening of their new restaurant, Eastside Melts at 2313 West Ave.
“We wanted to open something that Ashtabula doesn’t have,” said Turner, who draws on his experience as a dishwasher, server, bartender and cook to make the business a success. “Our specialties are Philly cheese steak and specialty melts, such as pizza melts, breakfast melts and a monster melt.”
In addition, they offer burgers, wings, salads, soups, fresh-cut fries and cookies, as well as a kids’ menu.
Turner, Clinard and 13 employees keep the business going seven days per week.
Clinard was the interior decorator of the space, past home of Caruso’s Restaurant. He chose red and gray for Ohio State University, as well as new booths, lights and all paintings of the local high schools’ mascots.
“I do a little of everything; (Shane Clinard) operates the kitchen,” Turner said. “So far, we’ve received great support from the community.”
Clinard, 48, an Ashtabula High School graduate, and Turner, 33, who graduated from Lakeside High, are vested in the community, and say they are proud of their Ashtabula roots.
All of the employees have previous restaurant experience.
Tuesdays are Two for Tuesday, includes any two melts and two orders of fries, and Wednesday all melts are buy one, get one half off.
Patrons can dine in, carry-out or have orders of $30 or more delivered.
Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.