The Katz Club Diner, the latest venture of Cleveland Chef and restauranteur, Douglas Katz will open

May 01, 2013, 12:00 AM

The Katz Club Diner, the latest venture of Cleveland Chef and restauranteur, Douglas Katz will open May 15th on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. The project, set in two renovated and restored 1940‘s era Pullman diner cars, includes a 48 seat diner, a quick service carry-out coffee and bake shop, plus an “after-hours” Prohibition themed, “bar car,” offering elegant craft cocktails, beer, wine, spirits appetizers and snacks.

The diner will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7a.m. till 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and will serve nostalgic diner classics updated with Chef Katz’s signature, fresh high quality and whenever possible, local ingredients plus careful preparation techniques. The diner will also offer catering for on and off-site celebrations, meetings, and get togethers. The entire diner menu will be available for on-line ordering and convenient carry out.

From fresh hot doughnuts to pop-tarts, whoopee pies and dreamy layer cakes The Katz Club To-Go Coffee Counter will feature retro-inspired, imaginative house-made baked goods, fresh brewed coffee from Cleveland’s favorite roaster, Rising Star, teas, juices and smoothies.

“Our goal in creating the diner was to provide quality family-friendly American comfort foods reinvigorated with fresh local ingredients served in a fun and convenient setting. We hope our business brings together the community and serves to further the revitalization of this fantastic Cleveland neighborhood.”

The diner will create 30 full time and over 50 part time jobs.

Chef douglas katz will acquire the former dottie's diner on lee road in Cleveland heights!

January 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Douglas Katz chef/owner of fire food and drink will acquire the property located at 1975 Lee Road, in Cleveland Heights, formerly known as Dottie’s Diner.“I was looking for a space to build a commissary kitchen for our growing catering business when I learned that the diner was available,” Doug explained. “I fell in love with that space in 2002 when Steve Presser brought the cars to Cleveland and so beautifully restored them,” he said.

Dottie’s was created from two separate stainless steel dining cars purchased in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Presser worked with diner historian and “restorationist,” Steve Harwin on a lengthy and costly rehab which brought the cars back to their original splendor. (Subsequent owners sadly altered Presser’s restoration) In addition to a sizable kitchen, the site offers the opportunity to pursue new projects which Katz and his team have been considering. “Our first priority right now is to rebuild and utilize the kitchen for our catering operations. Needless to say though, we’re very excited about what lies ahead,” he commented.

Lee Road itself is an interesting destination of late. New business like BottleHouse Brewery, SweetieFry, The Wine Spot and New Heights Grill have recently opened and are adding life and excitement back to the area. “I’m thrilled to own this space,” Katz remarked. “It offers so many possibilities for our business. In addition, I feel our shop can be yet another piece in the burgeoning neighborhood redevelopment already underway. Cleveland Heights is a fantastic community I’m excited for our business to become a part of it, Katz said.”

vintage clock in the diner


shortrib chilaquiles

soft scrambled local farm eggs, black beans, crispy tortillas, salsa verde, pickled chiles, amish cheese, cilantro & local feta

roasted hangar steak

smash browns, brussles sprouts, sauteed onions, pastrami, parmesan aioli & classic chimichurri

romaine hearts salad

roasted beets, green beans, baby red potatoes, bleu cheese, grape tomatoes & balsamic vinaigrette. add smoked local chicken for $4

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The Bar Car at the Katz Club was the result of one question, what is our kind of bar? It had to be a sleek, cozy, hand crafted, Cary Grant gibson in a wifi world kind of place. A Raymond Chandler mahogany bar top mystery with ice tinking in a highball glass sort of joint. Traditional and familiar, but worlds away from anything that happened before five o'clock.

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Freshly shucked oysters, world-class cheese and a selection of small plates

The best ingredients, people with a passion for cocktails and an intimate setting make the bar we have always wanted.