Cuyahoga Falls -- There's a new family restaurant up the road called Uptown Grille.

Since opening Aug. 11, Uptown Grille has raised up a new sign and banners and lowered its prices. Manager and co-owner Dave Dragus said starting out when he was writing the menu he set the prices and then rounded them up "to make them look pretty." When items weren't selling well, he brought the prices back down.

The restaurant is located at 3883 State Road, in plaza space that was once occupied by Rock Fresh.

"We're trying to promote a family feeling," said co-owner Jan Cazin. "We live in the Falls. My children go to Bolich [Middle School] We want this to be a place where people can bring their families."

Cazin said they don't sell alcohol in their establishment. "There are plenty of places where people can go and get a drink if they want it," she said. "We feel there is a place for families, as well, and there aren't that many places like that around here that are open for dinner."

To delight the young and young at heart, Uptown Grille offers 32 flavors of Hershey's ice cream. "We are a full-service ice cream parlor," said Dragus, adding that is all year round. "When there's a foot of snow on the ground you can still get an ice cream sundae here."

Dragus said it's important people know the restaurant is locally owned and operated. He believes people mistake his place for a chain restaurant because the logo, menus and signs were designed by his sister, a professional graphic artist and former vice president for American Greetings.

"We're not a corporation," said Cazin. "A lot of people come in and ask, 'Where are you coming from? Where are your other locations?' And we're like, 'This is it. This is our only location.'" All of the employees are local, too, she added.

"We're a family-owned business," she said. Friends since high school, Jan said she and Dave grew up in Austintown, but she's lived in Cuyahoga Falls since 1995 and Dave moved to the Falls last year.

"This is such a nice town that has a lot of extras other towns don't have," she said, adding she and Dave are making Cuyahoga Falls their home together and getting married this month.

Having only been open a couple of days, Uptown Grille placed third at Akron's National Hamburger Festival in August.

"Part of what makes our hamburgers so good is we use Angus reserved prime cut beef that is all from Midwestern, grass-fed cows with no antibiotics," Cazin said, adding the meat is aged 30 days after it's been cut. She also said Uptown Grille's burgers are made from beef that is fresh and never frozen.

"We serve all of our burgers with lettuce, tomato and onion on a toasted brioche bun with a dill pickle spear on the side. Our pickles are Don Herman pickles from Vienna Distributing in Cleveland, and they are excellent."

Along with different kinds of burgers, Uptown Grille serves fresh cut fries, onion rings, deli sandwiches, salads, chicken sandwiches, Reubens, Philly cheese steak, friend pork loin, cod and fried bologna.

And there is a kids' menu.

Dragus said he's beefing up the breakfast menu which includes steak and eggs, omelets, French toast and pancakes. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

Uptown Grille also sells Ohio lottery tickets. The business has 14 employees.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number is 234-571-5762.


Phone: 330-541-9420

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