Spotlight: Flat Iron Cafe

Learn all about Flat Iron Cafe here with our spotlight this week! 

What is your first memory of Flat Iron Cafe?

It immediately felt comfortable here. There is a certain vibe that I think comes from the century-plus history of continuous operation. Patrons and employees alike seem to appreciate that. The Flat Iron was immediately attractive to us for its rich history and its future potential.

How does that compare to what the company has become today?

It was a struggle for the first few years but lately, we have come to realize some of that potential that we foresaw the first time we walked through the doors.
I think our current situation is due in large part to remaining consistent with what we offer our customers, from the obvious like the food and our great staff to being able to reinvest in the business through renovations and our shiny new shuttle to the fact that The Flat Iron is an old standard in a great and up-and-coming neighborhood.
The improvements that have been done in the Flats were all just rumors back then. It is great to see so many good things come to fruition!

Who are some of the coolest people you’ve met since you started?

The coolest would have to be our daytime bartender, Bobby Weiler! He’s been here for around
15 years now and has been bartending downtown for around 40 years. He’s seen it all and is
just a great guy.
Otherwise, I still enjoy the generations of families that have made the Flat Iron a part of their
lives for so many years.

What might we be surprised to learn about Flat Iron Cafe?

We are considered to be haunted! I haven’t had too many experiences personally other than the dimes that we collect that are left here at night by the ghost. It’s become part of the lure here. Our friends at Brick & Barrel Brewery even make us an exclusive draft once a year, appropriately named Lucky Dime IPA, in honor of our most generous ghostly friend. (A dime was a lot of money back in 1910!)

How do you think Flat Iron will change within the next 5 years?

Well, the great thing about the Flatty (as we call it) is that’s it not as heavily influenced by trends and fads. So for us, change means continued growth and reinvestment. If we’re not using our shuttle or second-floor banquet facility to their full potential we are missing out on opportunities.

Otherwise, We are excited as to how the Tow Path trailhead which basically will become our backyard, will change the makeup of our immediate area. It’s a huge project that’s taken years to accomplish but it’s finally showing real progress.

What has been your main goal with Flat Iron Cafe?

To support our families through a rewarding and respected institution and to have some fun in the process!

What do you love about CLE?

There is always something to do. I can’t even keep up with all of the events that are happening in and around Cleveland every day. The people here continue to impress me with their devotion to making this city better. It’s a great time to be a Clevelander!

What does a typical work day look like for you?

It can be a lot of things. I might be driving our shuttle, cooking and washing dishes, waiting tables, bartending, doing random maintenance (only the very easy things like changing light bulbs though, haha,) doing an endless amount of paperwork, etc. Fortunately, I work at a bar and can reward myself with a Stroh’s if it’s been a particularly hard day!

What has been the most satisfying thing about running Flat Iron?

Other than the beer, it’s the privilege of being a part of a historic institution and striving to improve where necessary while maintaining that comfortable atmosphere that people can expect for generations to come.

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