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What Happened to the Red Barn Restaurant?

History

What Happened to the Red Barn Restaurant?

“When the hungries hit, when the hungries hit, hit the Red Barn!” If you grew up around the Cleveland area, you were no doubt very familiar with the catchy jingle of the Red Barn restaurants that originated in Springfield Ohio by Don Six, Martin Levine and Jim Kirst (which sounds sort of like a law firm). The popular fast-food chain was extremely aggressive with menu development, such as “The Big Barney," their equivalent to McDonald’s Big Mac. What isn’t really commonly known, or perhaps more accurately said, is that the Big Barney actually preceded the Big Mac into satisfied stomachs by a...

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Back When Cleveland Was 'Bomb City, USA'

History

Back When Cleveland Was 'Bomb City, USA'

When you think of the phrase, “We’re number one," what usually comes to mind is a sports team celebrating a big win or an actual championship. But in the 1970s, Cleveland was able to lay claim to the dubious distinction of being the top city in the country for car bombs, which led to the moniker of "Bomb City, USA." A Plain Dealer article at the time titled “Bombing Business Booming Here” told readers of Cleveland’s disturbing and dangerous rise in the national ranking of bomb crimes that had skyrocketed around the country since 1974. Danny Greene's Role in Turning Cleveland...

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Memories of Cleveland's Municipal Stadium

Baseball History Sports

Memories of Cleveland's Municipal Stadium

Where to begin? I have so many memories of Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, the grand old gray lady, I couldn’t possibly know where to start, but the beginning always seems to be the best spot. The vision of Cleveland’s city manager at the time, William Hopkins, then-Indians president Ernest Barnard, a future team president in Alva Bradley and the Van Sweringen brothers, Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium was dedicated on July 1st, 1931, carrying with it various cost overruns of roughly $500,000, a pretty substantial amount at the time. The first actual event held at the stadium was on July 3rd, 1931, a heavyweight...

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Why Is It Called a Raglan Shirt?

History Sports

Why Is It Called a Raglan Shirt?

Anytime you've looked for a 3/4 baseball tee, you might have seen it called a Raglan shirt. You might even use that terminology yourself, but have you ever wondered why it's called that? What in the World Is a Raglan Shirt? I know I've asked myself this question billions of times, but I've never had the drive to discover the answer - until now!  And it's actually a pretty cool story as to how this type of shirt came to be, dating all the way back to the 19th century. You can thank Lord Raglan for these 3/4 shirts you...

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27 Things to Do in Cleveland During the Fall

Culture

27 Things to Do in Cleveland During the Fall

Autumn is one of the most magical times of the year in Northeast Ohio, so let’s take a look at 27 of the best experiences/adventures/sights that Cleveland has to offer every fall season. 27 Things to Do in Cleveland During the Fall 1) Fall Colors: Is there truly any better place to start than a drive through any of the area Metropark parkways for a look at the truly gorgeous splashes of vibrant, brilliant colors of leaves? My personal favorite part of this experience is being to watch as breezes gently take them from the trees and send them into random...

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