​Award-winning chef Mike Mariola and his wife, Emily, opened The City Square Steakhouse in Wooster in 2008. It has since been recognized as one of the Top 100 Steakhouses in America.

Known for serving juicy Certified Angus Beef steaks, The City Square Steakhouse also quickly developed a following for the local, fresh beef burgers served on the bar menu. Unique burger creations and All-Ohio beer lent themselves to develop a concept of their own.


Drawing inspiration from the success of steakhouse’s bar menu, Mike founded The Rail in 2011, opening the first location in Akron. A gourmet burger bar known for championing creative American fare and Ohio craft brews, we now have three locations in Akron, Strongsville and Dublin. 

The Rail has received several awards over the years including:

  • Big Seven Travel's Best Burgers in Cleveland (2019, 2020)

  • Cleveland Silver Spoon Award (2020)

  • Best Burger in Stark County (2018)

  • People's Choice Award - Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2017, 2019)

  • Best in Show - Burger Wars (2017)