TWINSBURG — Rush Hour Grille is settling into its new home on Ravenna Road, not far from its previous location.
For the past five years, Sara Monczynski has owned and operated Rush Hour, formerly Tail Gators, located at 10683 Ravenna Road. Last month, Monczynski moved her business to its new home at 10735 Ravenna Road — practically next-door to the old locale. The Rush Hour Grille reopened Oct. 4 after being closed a little over a month.
In the process of relocating, Rush Hour increased in size from 3,000 square feet to 5,200 square feet. The bar also added a banquet room in back available to rent for private functions. Monczynski said eventually she plans to open a fine dining restaurant in the back room.
"But we are going to take our time, get Rush Hour, the front area, working like a well-oiled machine and then we are going to start very slowly and have a soft opening on our restaurant, the Hush Supper Club, and it will be reservation-only on any given night," she said.
Rush Hour Grille offers on-site and off-site catering services.
The restaurant currently has 15 full- and part-time employees, Monczynski said, adding that number fluctuates with the seasons, sometimes dipping to 12 and other times rising to 20. Monczynski said she can seat around 165 people in the grill area and approximately 75 people in the banquet facility (Hush Supper Club).
Since the move, Rush Hour Grille has upgraded its menu to include more gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian items.
"The cauliflower steak is absolutely amazing and turkey burger and veggie burger are fabulous," Monczynski said, adding any standard bread on the menu can be substituted with gluten-free bread.
Rush Hour's executive chef, Angelo Rullo, has been a chef and restaurant manager in Northeast Ohio for 12 years.
"He's cooked for two sitting presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush," Monczynski said. "He has a ridiculous amount of experience. Angelo was literally born in his parents' restaurant in Pittsburgh 50 years ago. His specialty is Italian food, as well as bar food."
Moncynski said she could not have moved and expanded without the support of her management staff.
"They are the backbone of my business," she said. "There is no way I could do this without them."
Moncynski, who has lived in Twinsburg her entire life, said she cares about her community and believes in giving back to the city where she grew up, supporting the schools, organizations and charities here.
"I know most everyone in the city, and the ones I don't know I want to get to know because I'm going to be in Twinsburg for a long time," she said. "My husband's family has been in this city for a very long time. We are proud be from Twinsburg and own a business in Twinsburg."
Rush Hour Grille opens at 2 p.m. Monday; at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday; and at 8 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Closing time is 2:30 a.m. Every night but Sunday when the bar closes at midnight. The phone number is 330-405-4990.