Quick bites: Dining Guide news and notes

Quaker Steak & Lube to break ground for Cortland location Oct. 4

Quaker Steak & Lube, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 20 sauces, announced in late September that it has signed an agreement with Thomas Terleski/Elmhurst Properties, Inc. to break ground on its newest location in Cortland.

The restaurant will begin construction later this year and is planned to open in early 2014. A hard hat party is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 and will include food, entertainment and a ground-breaking ceremony.

“Our brand’s presence in Ohio has taken over at full speed ahead, and by expanding into the Warren area, we will have the opportunity to introduce even more guests to our unique motorsports-themed dining experience,” said John Longstreet, president and chief executive officer.

The Cortland/Warren Lube, located at 2191 Millennium Blvd., will feature the company’s newest prototype model, a design that made its debut in Medina this year. It will encompass 5,250 square feet with seating for 150 inside with an additional patio area for 90 outside.

The restaurant expects to hire between 130 and 150. Currently, Quaker Steak & Lube has 17 locations across Ohio.

The latest announcement is part of the company’s continued expansion plan for the state, which includes another corporate location slated for Toledo in 2014.  The company opened 11 new restaurants in 2012, a 22 percent increase from the previous year and a 13 percent increase in system wide revenues. The company has nearly 60 locations across 18 states and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.QuakerSteakAndLube.com.

‘MasterChef’ seeks cooks for program’s fifth season

Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is back along with restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot to find America’s next best home cook.  Open calls are being held across America.

The show wants applicants to bring a dish that best represents their talent.

Applicants must bring one prepared dish to be served to the judges and will be given a few minutes to plate the dish.

There will not be a kitchen, so applicants need to come prepared. Open casting calls for season five of “MasterChef” will be held on the following dates: Phoenix and New Orleans, Saturday, Oct. 5; Houston and Orlando, Saturday, Oct. 12; Chicago and Columbus, Saturday, Oct. 19; Kansas City, Mo. and New York City, Saturday, Oct. 26; Denver and Philadelphia, Saturday, Nov. 2 and Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 9.

Visit MasterChefCasting.com for more information and to pre-register. If you are unable to access the website to pre-register,  simply show up to one of the casting calls with your dish.

Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator to open Oct. 10

Common Wealth will host a grand opening celebration for its new Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator this month. It occurs from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 907 Elm St. in Youngstown.

The night will feature food and drink from local food vendors, bakers, wineries and breweries, live music and a raffle. Tickets are $30.

Ben Shapiro, incubator manager, will give tours of the facility and make pizza in the incubator’s pizza oven.  A cash bar will be available in the space that is slated to become the Elm Street Café, a future coffee, smoothie and lunch restaurant.

Tickets for the grand opening party can be purchased at kigrandopening.eventbrite.com.  All proceeds benefit the Elm Street Café. To complement the event, Common Wealth launched an Indiegogo campaign in mid-September to raise additional funds for the café. Search “Elm Street Café” on Indiegogo from that date to donate and learn more about the project.

The Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator is a shared-use commercial kitchen that aims to lower the cost of starting or expanding local food businesses. It seeks to enable job creation and growth for people working with food they love, help tackle issues of food security and promote economic development in Northeast Ohio.

Compiled from local, regional and national reports.

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