Executive Chef Nick Lanzo
Introducing Merwin’s Wharf executive chef, Nick Lanzo. With experience at some of Cleveland’s top ranked restaurants – including Cibreo and Jekyll’s Kitchen – Nick brings a down to earth vibe to Merwin’s Wharf.
Native to Cleveland, Nick grew up only minutes from downtown Cleveland. His early ambitions of becoming a chef were fueled by his love of food and a lack of exciting cuisine in his everyday life. He felt that food was meant to be so much more, which ultimately led to his career as a chef.
Nick has been with Merwin’s since the initial launch in July 2014. He works side by side with some of the best cooks in Cleveland who work to provide a memorable and tasty experience at Merwin’s Wharf. Nick's love for Cleveland, paired with his passion for cooking are evident with each meal you try at Merwin's.
Not sure what to order? Use the chef’s favorites as your guide. Perhaps the Cuban Sandwich or Cheese Tortellini with Brown Butter is exactly what you were looking to try. Or take advantage of the chef’s creative side with the plethora of specials available each day.
Noble H. Merwin arrived in Cleveland around 1812. Like most of his neighbors, he was a New Englander, born in Milford, Connecticut in 1782. He made the long trek to Cleveland with his young family and became one of the first merchants and wholesale dealers in the primitive town.
When the early residents of Cleveland looked at what was then called “the Ox-Bow” they saw opportunities. The natural beauty of this flat area created by the looping river was lost on a generation determined to create commerce and trade out of the “swamp, mire and bulrushes” and “unproductive wasteland.”
Noble Merwin first purchased a log tavern at the intersection of Superior and Vinyard. He then turned his attention to the flat meadows lying within the ox-bow of the river, buying property along the northwest side of the peninsula. He had hopes of providing supplies for the Army, American Fur Company and perhaps, even the American Indians living along the shores of the Great Lakes.
He built a packing and slaughterhouse for droves of cattle and hogs that were brought to the city, as well as a warehouse at the east end of the street that bears his name. He constructed small lake vessels, including the schooner Minerva, the first vessel registered at Washington from Cuyahoga County.
Merwin did all this before the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal that would make his land investments so profitable. According to some memoirs, Noble Merwin was part of the Cleveland delegation that headed down to Akron to meet the officials traveling along the newly opened Ohio and Erie Canal and escorted them to Cleveland for the opening ceremonies in 1827.
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