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Bites Nearby: Beach Club Grill

Beach Club Grill gearing up for its first-ever luau this weekend

The summer months are popular, as you'd expect, at the in Concord Township, 9853 Johnnycake Ridge Road.

And to celebrate patio season, the Beach Club is now open on Sundays and also for lunch Tuesday through Friday starting at 11 a.m.

Its first ever Beach Club Luau is this Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 for adults in advance and $29.95 at the door. That price features appetizers, Hawaiian pig roast, macadamia-crusted chicken or Mai Thai shrimp, as well as rice, vegetables and dessert, a choice of cake, fruit or parfait.

Be sure to dress for a luau, the website warns.

But what is interesting about this now two-year-old restaurant, owned by Greg and Michael Juricsin, the founders of of Beach Club Bistro in Euclid, is its ability to be so many things, depending on who you talk to.

Located at the former site of Epiq Bistro, a former favorite for many, the Beach Club has kept much of that modern interior feel.

So it's chic. And a glass of wine may be in order. On bcgrill.net, it offers a 4X4 special, which involves four different 375-ml bottles of wine — which is half the size of a regular bottle — from its “extensive inventory” — a savings of $5 on each, or $20 total.

Pair that with seafood fusili pasta ($17.95) or horseradish potato-crusted salmon ($19.95) for a nice dinner selection.

But the Beach Club's microbrew list is that of a bar very serious about its beers. Draft beer from Michigan, Kentucky, New York, Idaho and Denmark, among many others, offers 16-ounce pours from $5 to $9. Bottled beers feature Paulaner Munich Lager and Left Hand Black Jack Porter, among two dozen others. And, yes, Miller Lite is served.

Sandwiches like the Bib burger — a half-pound bacon, onion, cheddar and tomato with steak sauce for $10.95 — would be nice with a lager. Or you could also try the Slow Poke, a $9.95 slow roasted, dry rubbed pulled pork dressed in a Southern-style BBQ sauce.

A full menu and a drink list, which includes information about private parties, specials and live music, every Friday and Saturday in July and beyond, are available at the Beach Club's website. You can also follow it on Facebook and Twitter, which it updates regularly.

But people say the pizzas — with the same names from the Beach Club Bistro in Euclid — are the reason to go. With names like the Arcadia Club, the Brookwood Club and the Lake Edge Drive, all $12.60 for a 9-inch and $18.85 for a 12-inch, they do seem unique. Consider the VASJ Viking, named for the Euclid parochial school, that consists of Alfredo sauce, shrimp, crab and asiago and provolone cheeses.

“This is how pizza is done. Period,” said one trusted reviewer.

So don't pigeonhole this Beach Club as a sandy, volleyball-themed bistro restaurant with lots of wine and craft beers. In fact, “it's been too hot so nobody has been going outside,” said the Michael, co-owner and general manager.

This Beach Club — whether the patrons stay inside or not — has more to it than its name.

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