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Filter brings social media and food together in Perry-Payne Building and a fresh look for Bridgeworks

Posted at 8:27 AM, Feb 13, 2021

CLEVELAND — Downtown Cleveland could have a new restaurant and entertainment venue, with a focus on viral social media posts, coming around Memorial Day.

Filter is the latest restaurant from Kyler Smith, who already owns The Sauce in University Heights and Downtown.

Filter plans to move into the ground level of the Perry-Payne building, blocks away from Sherwin-Williams' new HQ.

Filter will go into the ground floor of the historic Perry-Payne Building where Take 5 Rhythm and Jazz used to be.

"The name 'Filter' comes with a visual dining experience where a lot of Instagram-able moments will happen," Smith said.

Renderings show what the inside of Filter could eventually look like.

He says he’s adapting the idea from destinations he’s seen in Miami and Los Angeles with curated locations inside the venue to encourage people to post their experience to social media, essentially working as free marketing for the restaurant.

“Just around the city, it’s going to be that place that you want to go because it’s going to be popular,” Smith said.

Filter is designed to inspire customers to share their experiences on social media, essentially working as free marketing for the venue.

The Perry-Payne Building was built in the late 1800s and was office space for more than a century. In 2021, it has apartments upstairs with retail space on the ground floor. It’s around the corner from the Warehouse District and it’s just about a block away from the open parking lots where Sherwin Williams plans on constructing its new Downtown Headquarters.

That puts a lot of potential customers just a few blocks away from his doorstep at Downtown Cleveland.

Filter's design is inspired by venues Smith came across in Miami and Los Angeles.

“I’m building it for the everyday person that wants to sit down, have a good meal, and it’s going to be affordable,” said Smith. “We’re going to have a $25 dish, a $30 dish.”

That’s why Smith says even though most people are waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio and across the nation, he’s launching a new restaurant.

Smith says social-distancing and COVID precautions can be built into Filter because it's being constructed while the pandemic is happening.

“Even during the pandemic, it still doesn’t scare me because I know people are itching to get out,” Smith said.

While other businesses have to adjust to new regulations, he says his build out is addressing COVID-19 protocol already, including garage doors that will open out to the street, improving air flow.

Renderings show what the inside of Filter could eventually look like.

“We could actually build for [the pandemic],” said Smith. “So we already have the social-distancing dividers, we’re already doing the garage doors.

Smith plans to open to the public around Memorial Day with a soft opening a few weeks before.

Bridgeworks Update

New renderings show that the residential/retail/hotel space planned for the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue look considerably different from the original plan.

New renderings show the hotel piece of Bridgeworks on top of the residential units. Previous plans had the apartments closer to West 25th and the hotel tucked behind the apartments.

The updated plans show the hotel space on top of the residential units, with that extensive structure situated about 123 feet off of West 25th Street.

The new structure would be about 200 feet tall but would be set back from West 25th Street by about 123 feet.

One of the big criticisms from the Landmarks Commission was about the height of the building in the original plans and how close it was to West 25th Street. Setting it back so far off the corner appears to be an attempt to address those concerns.

The corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue will remain accessible to the public.

Bridgeworks will be presenting at Ohio City Design Review on Feb. 18th.

Irishtown Bend Update

The "Big 8" building is completely gone. It's the first building to come down as part of the demolition for the Irishtown Bend project.

The "Big 8" building is completely gone along West 25th Street after being demolished this week as part of the Irishtown Bend project.

Progressive Field is now visible from the sidewalk on the other side of West 25th Street.

Rubble gets watered down while the "Big 8" building is demolished.

Irishtown Bend is meant to increase mobility and connections from Ohio City into Tremont, Downtown Cleveland, and to the near West Side.

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