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Table 17 in the saloon side of the Metropolitan Cafe is the best perch in all of Cleveland for people watching, especially on a late summer day, locals insist.
But itâ€™s a tough seat to snag. Floor to ceiling windows look out on West 6th and St. Clair in the buzzing downtown Warehouse District.
â€œItâ€™s the hottest corner in the city and this is the best bar, bar none,â€ said banker Ken Ake, who was sharing Oregon pinot noirs with a stunning woman, no doubt discussing Fed policy and the melting mortgage loan market.
In many bars, pro athletes often huddle by themselves in a corner, behind a heavily guarded velvet rope. At the Metro, King James â€” aka LeBron of the Cleveland Cavaliers â€” drops by after a game and prefers the view from Table 17.
â€œHeâ€™s friendly and approachable and doesnâ€™t drink,â€ she said. â€œAnd when the Yankees are in town to play the Indians, shortstop Derek Jeter and catcher Jorge Posada are in every night and very cool.â€
When Denzel Washington was in town shooting a movie, heâ€™d come in for a nibble and to chase his thirst.
â€œSimply one of the nicest guys Iâ€™ve ever met,â€ Angela said.
Other drop-ins: U2, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld â€” the list goes on
Source:Â Â Â Colorado Springs Business Journal