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What’s happening at Studio West: Barroco chef, local businesses jumping onboard with LGBTQ-themed venue

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Oct 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-17 08:00:52-04

CLEVELAND — Barroco/Hola Taco’s owner Juan Vergara, as well as businesses Grow Well Cleveland and Sweetlime Alterations, have signed on with the Studio West project.

Developer Daniel Budish said the three have signed Letters of Intent to be part of the project described as a "beacon of inclusiveness" at The Phantasy Entertainment Complex at 11802 Detroit Ave.

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Tenants will occupy the storefront space along Detroit Ave in front of entertainment venues in the rest of the building.

Grow Well Cleveland and Sweetlime Alterations will be part of the complex’s wide range of LGTBQ-friendly businesses and services that aim to make the complex more than just a hub for entertainment.

Grow Well Cleveland provides various kinds of mental health services to the community.

Sweetlime Alterations is a tailoring shop that pays additional attention to what the LGBTQ community needs in clothing.

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The alley behind the Detroit facade will become the main entrance for the entertainment venues in the rest of the buidling.

“As a Queer Tailor, it’s my specialty to fit clothes to the Individual, not the standard,” writes owner Gabi Sweetlime on the website.

See News 5’s original story about how the complex will be a hub for services and entertainment.

In the entertainment part of the complex, Budish is bringing the spaces maintained by longtime owner John De Frasia back to life.

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Budish stands in front of old parking signs for the Piccadilly Square restaurant.

“It opened in 1968 as the Piccadilly Square Restaurant and over the years, in 1975, we went to Rock and Roll and it became the Phantasy Nite Club and all the different places it is now,” said John’s widow Diane.

“All these spaces are going to be interconnected,” said Budish. “If the music is too loud in the nightclub, you’ll be able to go down the hall and have a more relaxed atmosphere.

Each space will be its own theme, so The Chamber, we’re going to keep the alternative vibe and build that up and crate a special place for the existing clientele. We have the Phantasy Nite Club, which is going to keep the pirate ships but really that space is going to be for dancing, current music, EDM, and whatever do’s we can have. We’re going to keep the Symposium as a neighborhood kind of bar. A great place to hang out any day of the week.
Daniel Budish

Budish said the Phantasy could have one or two COVID-safe popup shops by the end of 2020. The rest of the retail spaces along Detroit could be open in mid-2021. The Fieldhouse at Studio West is planning to open by the end of 2021 with the rest of the entertainment spaces opening a year later.

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Renderings show The Fieldhouse at Studio West, which will have a space for sports, a restaurant, and bar.

The project just received variances to build its planned patio on the Fieldhouse part of the project. That building used to be Mack Products Company behind the Phantasy complex.

New living on Clifton Boulevard

Brickhaus Partners is planning to break ground in early 2021 on a “Big Home” townhome project on the corner of Clifton Boulevard and West Boulevard.

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The new project would sit on prominent corner in Cleveland that is currently vacant.

The roughly $3 million project would create five townhomes with parking in a structure that looks like one large home on the prominent Cleveland corner.

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