May 07, 2013, 12:00 AM | Posted by Doug Katz in The Katz Club
Welcome to The Katz Club Diner and thanks for reading our new blog.
Since I was a boy, I have always wanted to be a chef. I catered my first “event” when I was 14. It was a dinner party for my Grandmother Florence and her friends. I made tiny cucumber sandwiches for hors devours, rack of lamb, and mini chocolate soufflé cakes for dessert The group loved it, and for the first time I saw how food -- my food --could bring people together.
Great food and good times were an inextricable part of my family life. Starting with my my Great Grandmother Mary, my Grandma Florence, and my Mother Linda, I come from a long line of great home cooks. Our family ate much of what most Americans ate back then, but with the addition of recipes reflecting our eastern European heritage. But my mom’s recipes always tasted best! Even today some of my favorite foods are still my mom’s meatloaf, stuffed cabbage and matzo-ball soup, my grandmother’s liver and onions, plus of course, our frequent week-end treat the burgers and fresh cut fries my family enjoyed at diners like Mawby’s,
The Katz Club Diner, is a by-product of a wonderful bit of serendipity. I was searching for space to build a commissary kitchen when I a learned the diner was available. Here was a genuine Pullman diner lovingly restored then plagued by a string of mis-starts, re-muddlings and neglect, just waiting to be rescued. It was hard not to fall in love with that sweet little underdog of a restaurant. The chance to share a little of my own family food history, to rehabilitate a beautiful piece of Americana, and to become part of a great old Cleveland neighborhood was too good to pass up.
So here it is.... The Katz Club Diner! Our menu revisits the foods and fun of the past ...just re-designed and improved! We’ve also re-designed the business side of the restaurant to fit the demands of busy lifestyles.
The Katz Club offers:
-Catering. Creating unforgettable celebrations, is a natural extension of what we do. We can cater occasions large or small.
-Online Ordering. Our entire menu can be easily ordered online for convenient pick-up. Our nifty system will even let you know when your order will be ready.
-Our “Coffee Counter Carry Out” offers a better local alternative. Enjoy fresh brewed Rising Star coffee drinks, teas, juices and other beverages and awesome house-made pop-tarts, whoopie pies, cookies muffins and other fresh baked treats.
After months of planning, construction, and recipe tasting we’re proud to share it all with you!
Since 2000, I’ve had the great pleasure of growing a business that I truly love in own my home town. We’ve helped create an expanding local food community by working with small farmers and purchasing local ingredients whenever possible. We have aided in the redevelopment of grand older communities by locating restaurants in these areas. Finally, we’ve been one of many local restaurants that have put Cleveland on the map as a national foodie destination. None of this could have happened without the love and support of my wife Karen and my kids Abe and Amelia, my parents Linda, and Bob, and my in-laws Jerry and Nancy. As I said earlier, I always knew that I wanted to be a chef, but I never realized all that a culinary life might become for me.
Thanks to you as well, dear friends. I am ever grateful for your continued support.