Chef Michael Symon announced today that he will open a new B Spot burger restaurant in the food court of the new Horseshoe Cleveland casino in downtown Cleveland.
Symon and Casino General Manager Marcus Glover made the announcement during a conference call at noon Friday. "I’m ecstatic to be a part of the Horseshoe project," Symon said, noting how the casino is helping to continue the revitalization of downtown Cleveland. "At the end of the day, our city will thrive because we bring in people from all parts of the country."
Symon said he has been in discussions with the casino for about a year over the B Spot. Symon said the burger bar concept has done well in the suburbs and there has been "a lot of clamor to do one in the heart of the city," explaining why he chose to open a B Spot in the casino, as opposed to a new concept.
While he is still looking at new ideas, Symon said there is room for the B Spot chain to grow. "It’s perfect for the casino. It felt like a really good fit to us," he said.
Horseshoe Cleveland is expected to open the week of May 14 in the former Higbee building in downtown Cleveland.
The restaurant is the second announced so far for the casino’s food court, along with an outlet of Cleveland-area deli Corky & Lenny’s. A third casual eatery also is in the offing, casino officials have said.
Symon said during the conference call that he would not rule out opening a fine-dining concept at Horseshoe when the second phase of the casino opens if the opportunity presents itself. He noted that his Roast restaurant, which is in Detroit, is a concept that he believes "the city of Cleveland would fall in love with also."
But Symon said those talks were down the road. "We’re not to that point yet."
This eatery will be similar to the B Spots in Strongsville, and the Crocker Park and Eton shopping areas in suburban Cleveland. A smaller version of the B Spot is inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The suburban B Spots each employ about 75, with 30 to 45 of those jobs in the kitchen, Symon said.
In addition to the food court, the casino will offer a 400-seat buffet restaurant.