The landmark deli on the East Side is the first of three Cleveland-area restaurants that will operate in a food court in the casino, which is expected to open in May.
"We're completely excited," says Kenny Kurland, son of the restaurant's co-founder, Sanford "Corky" Kurland. "From day one, the casino organization has been great – and it wanted a real Cleveland feeling to Horseshoe. And if they want true Cleveland flair, what better place to bring in than one that's been a Cleveland landmark for more than 50 years?"
The satellite restaurant will join two other yet-to-be-named Cleveland-based casual food operations in a food court expected to seat about 140 guests. A 400-seat buffet is also planned for the casino.
The "express" version of Corky & Lenny will offer a condensed menu of the same offerings that have made the restaurant popular since it opened in 1956 in South Euclid. Kurland says the downtown menu will include roughly a dozen sandwiches, several salads, a couple of soups and a short list of desserts that are big sellers at the Woodmere deli. Breakfast sandwiches and other specialties will be offered as well.
Kurland, who operates C&L with Earl Stein, a cousin, says the dishes that made them famous are likely to expand their reputation among newcomers who come to Cleveland.