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June 6, 2013

Rascal House to relocate to Union Building

By Patrick Elder

Rascal House, long a landmark restaurant on Cleveland State’s campus, will vacate its storied residence in order to make room for the soon-to-be-constructed Center for Health Innovation. Those in need of a slice of Rascal House pizza need not fret, however, as the popular student hangout will set up shop in the newly renovated Union Building, only a few blocks down from its current location.

“Rascal House has been a major part of CSU’s culture for so many years,” Stephanie McHenry, Cleveland State’s vice president for business affairs and finance, said in a press release. “They are one of the university’s longest supporters of athletics and scholarships.”

Also moving will be Peabody’s Concert Club, housed in the same building as Rascal House. While Peabody’s will relocate, its new location has yet to be determined.

The entirety of the building was sold for $3.3 million. Cleveland State will also provide $1.9 million for Rascal House’s new facility in the Union Building, which is tentatively slated to open in October or November according to Niko Frangos, director of concept development and son of Rascal House CEO Mike Frangos.

“I think the move will be great,” Niko Frangos said. “It’s a beautiful building that gives us a chance to have a really nice updated facility, and I think the building itself is wonderful. It’s very pretty and has a lot of nice architecture.”

The move to the new facility provides Rascal House the opportunity to update to state-of-the-art, modern amenities, including power outlets for laptops and high-speed Wi-Fi. Rascal House’s corporate headquarters will also be housed in the building on a floor above.

The restaurant space will be provided rent-free for the first 15 years, while the offices housing the corporate headquarters will be rent-free for seven years according to Cleveland State spokesman Joe Mosbrook.

“They really became part of campus culture over the years,” Mosbrook said. “They’ve employed so many students, been enormous supporters of our athletics and supported scholarships. It really has been a symbiotic relationship. We consider Rascal House an important part of campus, and we wanted to make sure they remained a part of campus. “