Uptown continues to grow with new dining, retail options

Banyan Tree
The new Banyan Tree location in Uptown.

Since its inception in the spring of 2012, Uptown has earned rave reviews, nabbed major awards and revitalized the neighborhood.

And the retail and residential development continues to grow, with nearly 15 food and drink establishments, plus apartments, the university bookstore, Constantino’s Market, Cleveland Yoga, banks and much more.

The neighborhood’s most recent addition is Banyan Tree, which recently held its grand opening at 11440 Uptown Alley (in the former Anne Van H space). The store—the third Banyan Tree outpost, with another store in Tremont and the “Banyan Box” downtown—carries women’s apparel, jewelry, handbags and other women’s accessories. In addition, the shop also offers gifts, home decor, cards, baby and children’s gifts, and Cleveland-centric products.

“Our goal is to create a fun place to shop with well-curated products. We hope our attention to detail and design will keep people coming back to see what’s new,” Christie Murdoch, owner and operator of Banyan Tree, said.

The store’s hours are:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Things are going well so far and we’re happy to be a part of Uptown,” Murdoch said.

The Uptown neighborhood also saw the addition of three dining options in the past few months: Chapati Indian Grill, Dynomite Burgers and Sushi and Inchin’s Bamboo Garden Express.

Chapati Indian Grill provides patrons with a build-your-own option for rolls and bowls, blending a variety of protein, lentil, sauce, garnish and chutney options.

The Uptown location is Chapati’s second, with another on the Cleveland State University campus. Another location at the University of Illinois at Chicago is coming soon.

Dynomite Burgers and Sushi is the latest restaurant by Zack Bruell, occupying a space on the corner of Euclid Avenue. The Uptown location joins two others—one at Playhouse Square and another at Progressive Field.

The menu features burgers themed after each of Bruell’s restaurants in the Cleveland area—including the renowned L’Albatros on Bellflower Road—and includes many sushi options.

Inchin’s Bamboo Garden Express brings pan Asian street food to Uptown. The restaurant offers a variety of options—from rice and noodle bowls to five signature entrees. The Uptown location is just one of many across the country.

Keep an eye on the daily—and explore the area in person—in coming months, as the Uptown neighborhood continues to grow.

For a full list of restaurants and retail options, visit uptowncleveland.com.