EUCLID, Ohio – Cereal and milk is a classic breakfast staple, and it’s the focal point of 222 Cold Brew Specialty Drinks & Cereal Bar, a new restaurant that opened in Euclid in late May.
The boutique celebrates its grand opening on Saturday June 5.
222 Cold Brew is owned by Robyn and Charles Fossen. It specializes in cereal treats and cereal milkshakes – customers can customize their own milkshakes with toppings and cereals, or they can order specialties designed by the owners.
“You can’t go wrong with cereal,” Robyn said. “It’s just comfort food – breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
Cereal bars are a new fad for northeast Ohio, but the culinary trend has taken off around the world, with cafes and bars offering cereal-based treats. Here in northeast Ohio, Remixx Ice Cream + Cereal Bar opened in Cleveland in September 2020, offering frozen treats with a dozen options for grain mixes.
But at 222 Cold Brew, the Fossens decided to bet on grains. The store currently carries over 100 cereals, Robyn said. These cereals don’t just go into ice cream; customers can also order them for breakfast, in a mug with milk.
“There are over 100 types of grain, grains that you haven’t seen in one place,” Robyn said. “I have the right grains, the wrong grains as I say – all the sweet things. I have some healthy things in there.
Beyond its cereal dishes, 222 Cold Brew Specialty Drinks & Cereal Bar also offers crushed ice, smoothies, milkshakes and lemonades. With an emphasis on cold drinks, the restaurant opens just in time for the summer months.
Robyn said she and her husband were inspired by the cereal bar trend taking off on the West Coast of the United States and wanted to bring it to Cleveland. Robyn studied Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu College in Dallas and previously worked in hospitals.
The Fossens debated whether to open a food truck, but found their space at 768 E. 222nd St. – a former thrift store – and decided to turn it into a brick and mortar restaurant. They transformed and redesigned the small 450 square foot space into their restaurant, while working full time. One of the highlights of the space is an interior “grain wall” mural.
The project, Robyn said, was almost entirely self-funded.
“It’s a labor of love for us,” said Robyn. “Every day we came home from work, sometimes until midnight, to do what we could in the store. This is our baby. We are so excited everyone is seeing what we have.
You can find more information about 222 Cold Brew Specialty Drinks and Cereal Bar at 222coldbrewcerealbar.com and on its Facebook page, facebook.com/222coldbrew.
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