The RAIL Comes to Cleveland



NORTH OLMSTED, OH (2013): The Rail, a local burger bar from chef-turned-restaurateur Mike Mariola, has started construction on its second location in North Olmsted at the newly renovated Great Northern Mall.

Specializing in ½-lb burgers from a custom grind of 100% source-verified Ohio beef, The Rail offers a selection of traditional and inventive toppings—-most of which are also locally sourced. Add in the old-school, hand-dipped milkshakes and impressive selection of Ohio craft beers and spirits, and one can understand why The Rail has built a local following to accompany its local fare.

“The architecture of the space speaks to a time when people knew where their food came from,” says Mariola. “And the design is intended to feel social; we want our guests to have fun and experience a sense of camaraderie with their friends, neighbors and, ultimately, local farmers.”

Adding up to 50 local jobs, the upcoming North Olmsted location will be almost double the size of its popular Akron counterpart. With 140 seats and an additional 20 on the covered patio, The Rail at Great Northern will also be pouring twice as many beers—-two dozen Ohio craft beers will rotate seasonally, including brews from Fat Head’s, Thirsty Dog, Buckeye Brewing, The Brew Kettle, Ohio Brewing Co, and Great Lakes. 

“We just want to celebrate beer with fellow beer lovers,” says Mariola. “Turns out there are quite a few of us in this state.”

The Rail at Great Northern is slated to open December 1st, 2013 and will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. For more on The Rail, go to

Local chef and restaurateur Mike Mariola’s restaurant experience goes much deeper than the two locations of The Rail. In 2002, after working with renowned Chefs Parker Bosley in Cleveland, Michele Richard in D.C. and Christian Constant in Paris, Mariola opened South Market Bistro, a critically acclaimed neighborhood bistro that specialized in preparing the freshest organic and locally grown ingredients available each season. He sold the bistro in 2011, 3 years after launching The City Square Steakhouse, a traditional Chicago-style steakhouse in downtown Wooster. Mariola still owns and operates the steakhouse.


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Brandon Emerson