BBC to broadcast live election coverage from Cleveland Heights restaurant
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has chosen Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland Heights as one of the settings for its live election night coverage.
According to a statement released by the restaurant, Cleveland is one of several cities in the United States chosen for BBC’s live election night broadcasts, and Melt was chosen to represent Cleveland based on the restaurant’s reputation as a place that draws a cross section of the city. Melt is located at the corner of Cedar and Taylor roads.
The live broadcast is scheduled to begin in the early evening on election night, Nov. 6, and continue into the early morning hours of Nov. 7. Christina, a Melt bartender, confirmed by phone, “We’re planning to stay open until 2 a.m.—as long as the BBC is still broadcasting and until the election results are final.”
The live coverage will feed directly to England and the BBC-TV network.
“This is really a unique opportunity for Melt,” said Melt owner Matt Fish in a statement. “We always wanted to be a place where anyone could come and relax with good friends and great food. And this event with the BBC proves that Melt really does draw Americans from all walks of life, with different opinions and passions, but who all love the awesome Melt food and atmosphere. So we can’t wait to welcome the BBC and show them why Cleveland is one of America’s best cities and why Melt has been voted one of the best restaurants in America.”
Melt Bar and Grilled opened its Cleveland Heights restaurant in May 2010, and just opened its fourth location, in Mentor, on Nov. 2.
Kim Sergio Inglis
Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.