YOUNGSTOWN — After more than a year of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, closedowns and state mandates on masks and capacities, few businesses have been harder hit than Ohio’s restaurants. As Valley bars and eateries look forward to emerging from many of these constraints, Mahoning Matters is publishing this guide to openings, closings and other news.
The Mahoning Valley on a Saturday night looks a little different than it did before the pandemic. Here's our unofficial list of what's closed, what's opened and where you can look forward to dining this summer.
This list will be updated on an ongoing basis. If your restaurant would like to share its news, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, phone number and a short update.
- Chick-Fil-A is coming to 5647 Mahoning Ave. and is expected to open in August 2021.
- Pittsburgh-based fast-casual Indian restaurant Choolaah Indian BBQ is expanding to Boardman this summer and will be located at 1051 Boardman-Canfield Road. The chain has five other locations, including one in Orange Village. Another site is planned for Ohio City.
- Italian restaurant Combine Brothers will open in the space formerly occupied by Landmark Restaurant at 7112 Market St. The company, which also has a restaurant in Hermitage, plans to open the Boardman location in June.
- Domino’s Pizza is opening a second Boardman location at 7100 Lockwood Blvd.
- Peaberry’s Cafe in Canfield is moving to a new location in the Shops at Boardman Park. The cafe will open this summer at 377B Boardman Poland Road.
- Fast-casual soup chain Zoup! Eatery is coming to Boardman this spring. It will be located at 1315 Boardman-Canfield Road. This will be the chain’s 13th location.
- Landmark Restaurant in Boardman closed. The Youngstown location was sold in the fall and remains open.
- Gourmet market and cafe Napa Grocery is coming to Canfield. It is expected to open in May in the former Peaberry’s Cafe storefront, located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road.
- Romeo's Pizza opened April 19 in Hubbard and is located at 124 W. LIberty St. The pizza chain has 47 locations nationwide.
- C's Waffles & Donuts is opening at 3437 Belmont Ave., the former home of Plaza Donuts, which closed in December after operating in Liberty for 63 years.
- Shangri-la, which serves Indo-Nepalese cuisine, opened in Liberty in early April. It is located at 3707 Belmont Ave.
- Former co-owner of Kitchen Post Ross Fowler is opening Pizza Boy in Poland Village this spring. The shop will be located at 90 S. Main St.
- Cultivate Cafe: a co-op cafe which housed Lake-to-River Cooperative Market at its Elm Street location shut its doors in December.
- Bruno Bros. Pizzeria opened Bar Bruno & Pizzeria next to its Boardman pizza shop. The new bar is located at 8381 Market St.
- Meal prep service Prepped Wellness opened at 901 Elm St., just north of YSU. Customers can order meal packages online.
- Common Goods Studio, a coffee shop and small business co-op, opened at 2000 Canfield Road in Cornersburg.
- Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine by brothers Gaeton and Michael Thompson opened at 4150 Market St.
- Alex Zordich’s pizzeria Yosteria reopened in Cornersburg after completing a stint at the B&O Station in 2018. It’s now located at 3649 Canfield Road.
- Prima Cucina Italiana — from the owners of Republic Pizzeria near YSU — opened downtown at 103 W Federal St. It’s located in the former Roberto’s Ristorante storefront.