Monday, December 5, 2011

Sawyer House will serve again & Mentor lands big manufacturing project

Who says the holiday season is a slow-news time of year? Not in Mentor, anyway. The city has attracted a major manufacturing project and an award-winning restaurant to town.

First, the one that I’m guessing most readers will be interested in: Good food. Frank and Pauly’s will be opening at 9470 Mentor Ave. in the Sawyer House building.

The restaurant is being opened by Dennis Koury, who co-owned the Cleveland restaurant of the same name — formerly in the BP building off Public Square — with his brother. The latter opened a Frank and Pauly’s in Independence, but it closed after he passed away, Koury said.

The Sawyer House is on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the only stone homes in Lake County. “The Sawyer House had a reputation of great food and great cooking and taking care of its customers, and a great winery,” Koury said, when asked why he chose Mentor. “It’s a great historic building and we just thought it was the perfect place for Frank and Pauly’s.”

Koury, formerly a Kirtland Hills resident, also owns Midland Plaza at Midland Road and Route 20 in Mentor.
City Council will consider a liquor license for the establishment at Tuesday’s meeting. “We may be opening during the holidays without liquor — customers could bring in their own wine,” he said. “We will be doing catering for the holidays out of another restaurant (for now).”

Koury noted that Frank and Pauly’s, opened in Cleveland 1993, was voted Best Italian Restaurant several years by Cleveland Magazine subscribers. He said the new restaurant will use the same recipes and chef. For more, visit or call 440-392-9500.

In other good news, a major manufacturing vacancy off Tyler Boulevard in Mentor will be filled by newly merged company Metal Seal Precision Ltd., formerly Metal Seal Products, Inc., of Willoughby and Arrow Manufacturing of Mentor.

I’m told the company will create a world-class facility in the former Tridelta Industries building — 158,000-square-feet of empty space on Corporate Boulevard.

The project, being done with more than $5 million in financing from the state, retains 135 jobs in Ohio and will lead to creation of up to 30 new jobs initially, company Treasurer Rick Sippola tells me. He credited State Rep. Ron Young with being instrumental in the process.

Metal Seal will make precision machined components and screw machined parts and assemblies, serving the automotive, propane, heavy-duty truck, natural gas and firearm industries.

The Willoughby business will relocate to Mentor. Willoughby’s loss is Mentor’s gain (again) as the move will bring 85 jobs with it. Sippola said the project was being pursued pretty hard by Michigan and Indiana.

Keep the good news coming, Mentor.

-- Betsy Scott,, @ReporterBetsy

Weekly Mentor City Manager memo to Council


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