Iron Chef, cohost of ABC's The Chew and Cleveland native Michael Symon’s latest project, Mabel’s BBQ, is a love letter to the suburban cookouts of his youth. At the recently opened Mabel’s, he’s packaged Cleveland-style BBQ with an interior created by Richardson Design that captures the backyard barbecue experience.
“There was a time when every party didn’t have to be Pinterest-worthy,” says Scott Richardson, founder and lead designer. “Instead, you were invited to cookouts. It was a very Cleveland way of life. You could expect someone’s garage to be converted into the center of the party, folding chairs to be thrown out on the driveway and the grill to be fired up for ribs, chicken, brisket, sausages—you name it.”
The Symon team, which includes Michael, his wife Liz and their business partner Doug Petkovic, also wanted to celebrate the city’s grit and ethnicity. With Richardson’s help, they accomplished that. Take a look.