In 1980 Rascal House opened its doors on Euclid Avenue and East 21st Street, across from Cleveland State University. Just like today, Clevelanders 38 years ago valued great food and kept a faithful eye on their professional sports teams. Did you know that during our first year in business, the Browns went 11-5 and finished 1st in the AFC Central? Maybe we should open up new Rascal Houses every year, huh?
The Indians were 79-81. Good for only 6th place in the AL East. But a guy named Super Joe belted 23 homers and was named Rookie of the Year. A group called Section 36 even wrote a song about him called, “Go Joe Charboneau.” Oh, and the Indians and the Browns shared a stadium back then. If you’re as old as we are, you probably remember Municipal Stadium. It was torn down over 20 years ago to make room for the new Browns field.
The Cavs were horrible. But no one knew this because they played all their home games in Richfield, a good 30 minutes away. They finished 28-54 during the 1980-81 season. They didn’t even qualify for the playoffs, which is hard to believe since practically every team in the NBA makes the playoffs!
Win or lose, Cleveland has some of the most loyal fans in the country. That’s why we usually end each season by saying “wait’ll next year.” At Rascal House, you never have to wait’ll next year to experience a victory parade menu. We’re always here, serving great food to great people who take everything we love about our home town seriously. Thanks for being such great sports and sticking around all these years!
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