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Otto Moser’s restaurant closes in downtown Cleveland

September 17, 2018

Otto Moser’s restaurant closes in downtown Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Otto Moser’s, a longtime downtown Cleveland restaurant operated by Playhouse Square, has closed its doors.

The restaurant, in the Bulkley Building at 1425 Euclid Ave., has shut its doors after 24 years, Cindi Szymanski, a manager with Playhouse Square, confirmed.

Dan Bir and Steve Dimotsis bought the restaurant in 1977 when it was located on what is now East 4th Street. It moved in early 1994.

Bir and Dimotsis could not be reached Monday.

“It’s all very sad to see them go, but we wish them well,” said Szymanski, who said it is unsure what will become of the space, though it probably will remain a restaurant.

Otto Moser’s is one of several restaurants that funnel theatergoers to the scores of shows that are put on in the district. It was open six days a week and served deli-style sandwiches, including several named after movie stars of years past: The Al Jolson and Helen Hayes chicken sandwiches, for instance.

Otto Moser founded the restaurant in 1893 in what was then a theater district in Cleveland. According to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Moser died in 1942 and a pair of longtime employees eventually purchased the place prior to Bir and Dimotsis buying it.
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