Zack Bruell

Chef and Restaurateur Zachary Bruell

More than 25 years ago, Cleveland Magazine credited Zachary Bruell with introducing the area to an emerging west-coast trend of bistro dining and fusion cuisine.

Bruell brought the concept from his work with famed chef Michael McCarty of the landmark eatery, Michael’s Santa Monica – a restaurant recognized for influencing dining attitudes throughout North America with its California nouvelle cuisine.

Bruell imported the new style to Cleveland, where he opened Z Contemporary Cuisine in Shaker Heights in the early 1980s. After selling Z, Bruell ran the kitchen at Ken Stewart’s in Akron. By 2004, he opened Parallax in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, focusing on fusion seafood and featuring a sushi bar. The restaurant received a host of local and national accolades, building Bruell’s following once again. Bruell recently opened Parallax for weekday lunch, allowing diners a gourmet mid-day escape at a reasonable price.

By 2006, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove asked Bruell to take over the main restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland, where he created Table 45 – an award-winning World Cuisine concept, named a 2007 Best New Restaurant by Esquire magazine.

In 2009, Bruell opened L’Albatros on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, returning to the classic French roots of modern American bistro dining. L’Albatros has been featured in USA Today, was one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants of 2009 and was named one of Cleveland’s Best New Restaurants by the readers of Cleveland Magazine.

Bruell’s most recent concept, Chinato, opened in January 2010. Set in Cleveland’s booming East 4th Street neighborhood, Chinato takes modern cultural cuisine to a completely new level with a simple, yet modern, Italian menu and décor, done only as Bruell can.

Bruell is the only chef in Cleveland to have four successful restaurants within the city limits.