In a move that will bring joy to gourmet hot dog fans everywhere, Happy Dog—a local bar and restaurant on Detroit Avenue—will be expanding its business to include a new location in University Circle. It is hoping to revitalize the local music scene by moving into the historic Euclid Tavern building, located between the intersections of Euclid Avenue and East 116 St.
Owners Eric Williams, Sean Kilbane and Sean Watterson are looking forward to the move, which was first reported by the Cleveland Scene. They’re enthusiastic, both about the chance to expand their business, and about the opportunity to breathe new life into the neighborhood. The Euclid Tavern building has been closed since 2010.
Happy Dog is one of those tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants—a seemingly perfect fit for the historic district. The owners’ commitment to the community and involvement in hosting live music just makes the match more promising. The expansion and reconstruction of the building will take some time, but Williams hopes to open as soon as possible, continuing the legacy of the Euclid Tavern by reopening the bar in early March, or February, if they’re lucky. And Happy Dog, of course, will remain home to not only some of the best live music in the area, but also the Pimento mac-n-cheese, Hawaiian pineapple jelly, and vegetable chow mein hot dog.