Teamz Restaurant & Bar, located at the corner of Eastland and Sheldon roads, is back again, open regular hours and offering a full menu.
The business was forced to close for several months when construction on the Eastland bridge and road project made it difficult for customers to get to the restaurant. Teamz did reopen on May 16, but with a limited menu and hours.
In November, when the road and bridge project was completed, business picked up immediately. Owner Ray Kleem attributes that to loyal customers. He has expanded the restaurant’s hours and brought back the full menu.
Kleem used the shutdown to improve the restaurant’s interior, knocking out a wall to open up the bar area, and adding six high-topped tables and two 70-inch TVs at the ends of the bar. A 60-inch TV anchors the middle.
In addition, because of the reconfiguration of the Eastland-Sheldon intersection, the business now sits about 30 feet further back from the road, giving it more front yard space. It is also now a bit higher than the surrounding ground. The changes give patrons a better view and create a more relaxed atmosphere.
Kleem says that longtime chef Bart Suran continues to create daily homemade specials, served alongside American-style cuisine such as prime rib and pastas, hand-cut fries and homemade mozzarella sticks.
Entertainment, including Wednesday and Saturday night karaoke, will bring in more of the old crowd as well as new customers, Kleem notes. A karaoke contest will run through January.
“It feels really good to be open again, and it’s only going to get better,” he says.