Diners who hoped that the Burntwood Tavern would help remedy the fine-dining deficiency dogging Chagrin Falls are likely to be disappointed. On the other hand, residents hungry for yet another cozy neighborhood saloon can declare themselves winners.
When it comes to sheer style, it's tough to top Burntwood. This ruggedly handsome tavern has the lived-in appeal of a place centuries — rather than months — old. Reconstructed from the earth up using salvaged timbers, the dining room is hunting-lodge chic, with rough-hewn floorboards, post-and-beam cathedral ceilings, a copper-top bar, and wrought-iron fixtures. A pair of crackling fireplaces add to the Currier & Ives meets Ralph Lauren vibe. To say that this is an improvement over the shabby (not chic) Chag-Town era is an understatement.