What a sad piece of news.? The Lancer Steakhouse, one of the most venerable African American businesses in Cleveland, was completely destroyed by fire early this morning. No one was injured, but there was no insurance.

The Lancer was one of the centers of African American political and social circles in Cleveland for decades.? I spent much of election night in 2008 there, and unveiled a portrait of Barack Obama across the street from the Lancer with artist Loren Naji on inauguration night.? My favorite food there was the fried Lake Erie perch….so damn good.

I hope something fills its place, the last thing Cleveland needs is another empty lot.? But like a lot of things in that part of Cleveland, when they go, they’re gone forever.

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  • mvirenicus

    too weird. i drove by the lancer last night. nothing unusual about that except i rarely take notice of it. last night i drove by and thought of your previous posts about the lancer and especially the “gunsmoke” video. i thought how cool it would be to visit the place with gf, but we're vegetarian so i wondered if they'd have something on the menu for us. then i wake to find your post. like i said, too weird.

  • anastasjoy

    Especially weird because I drove by there less than an hour ago and it is still standing. I saw the fire trucks this morning on my way downtown and wondered what it was. What it was turned out to be is that picturesque old aandoned bar next door to the Lancer. THAT is a pile of smoking ruble. The Lancer seems to be intact.

  • So this is good news? Should update this post. Thanks Anastasia.

  • post doesn't need updating. it's been on TV news all day. burned to the ground. no idea what Anastasia is talking about.

  • OK. Color me sufficiently confused. Gah!

  • anastasjoy

    I don't know, Eric. I just thought it was strange. I'm sure the Plain Dealer isn't lying (They only lie about politics). Maybe I didn't see clearly because of the traffic or just the facade was standing,

  • So this is good news? Should update this post. Thanks Anastasia.

  • post doesn't need updating. it's been on TV news all day. burned to the ground. no idea what Anastasia is talking about.

  • OK. Color me sufficiently confused. Gah!

  • anastasjoy

    I don't know, Eric. I just thought it was strange. I'm sure the Plain Dealer isn't lying (They only lie about politics). Maybe I didn't see clearly because of the traffic or just the facade was standing,

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