Jillian's Says Farewell With Closing Party Saturday Night

The billiards club space will be a lounge by spring

Jillian's will close its doors by spring, and the space will be converted into a lounge with light fare, new furniture and live music. 

Kim Lisboa, who's owned the building on Cedar Road since the '90s and will operate the new business, said there will be a farewell party Saturday night for the billiards club. All are welcome. 

Blue Fish Crisis will play, there is a $5 cover at the door and people will start arriving around 8 p.m., she said. The space is nearly 10,000 square feet and can hold 600 people, and she said she hopes to pack the place. 

She has not announced the name of the new establishment yet. 

"It will be an upscale restaurant, bar, lounge, where I'm going to serve tapas, lighter portions, nothing heavy, and create a New York chic, Miami Beach ambiance," Lisboa said. 

She also hopes to schedule bands to play "fun, nice background music" on the weekends, but details are not yet finalized.

The pool tables (complete with two sticks, a rack and balls) and the light fixtures are on sale, said Sharon Marché, who will be the general manager of the new business. People can still come in and play until the tables are sold, she said, and they plan to keep the about 20-year-old business open during renovations. 

The goal is to open the new place by April, but it could be earlier or get delayed, Marché said. 

There will still be a few pool tables in a back room, which will be a private party space, she said. 

For more information about the party Saturday night or purchasing pool tables and lights, call Jillian's at 216-397-0900.

RT February 19, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Jillians is a great establishment, but I understand the business sense of Ms. Lisboa. I think the idea that she will get 600 people in that space is a pipe dream unless she is planning to bus them in. Perhaps if the powers in Cleveland Heights would realize that building a parking garage in the area behind Nighttown- and chargeing a reasonable price for parking would impliment the flow of paying customers to the area without causing major congestion and angry residents, then perhaps 600 customers showing up might be plausible. Either way, I wish her much success with her new business venture. I love to see business owners continue to invest in this great city.
Michelle Simakis (Editor) February 21, 2011 at 03:14 AM
Thanks Richard for all of your comments on the site. I love that you're providing your input on Cleveland Heights issues and starting conversations. I also appreciate the feedback. I agree with you on the wording of the Cain Park description, and we revised it.
Michelle Simakis (Editor) February 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Also I meant to say earlier that Kim Lisboa did not say she planned for 600, she just said she hoped a ton of people attended the show, and I described how many people could fit in Jillian's.
RT February 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Michelle: You are definitely welcome. This is a great vehicle to get the news about Cleveland Heights out. I wish more people would add their input as well. Many great businesses have closed because not enough people take the initiative to get the word out about the great services that abound in the Heights.
cleavlander February 26, 2011 at 06:46 AM
lets get real folks....no one will be there except the folks that currently go there....this new owner has no clue about restaurant managment and parkin in that neighborhood....good luck getting 50 people to show up...turn that spot into a parking garage and then you got soemthing...other than that...i'll go down to nightown or legacy village


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