CLEVELAND — Gus Mougianas and James Traynor have heard the horror stories.Their cafe is within a few hundred yards of the main staging area for a succession of protest marches set to coincide with next week’s opening of the Republican National Convention.”Who knows what’s going to happen,” Traynor said, nodding toward the base of the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, which some fear could be transformed by Monday into a cauldron of grievances stirred by thousands of activists.Since the city designated the 84-year-old span, also known as the Hope Memorial Bridge, as the main protest march route, a strange mix of apprehension and excitement has been building among business owners and local residents.Mougianas and Traynor could have shuttered the Market Cafe, following the lead of many businesses here. But they and other hopeful merchants in the hip Ohio City neighborhood are doing just the opposite.The cafe is expanding its hours and its menu to appeal to the masses. The breakfast menu includes the apropos “hot mess” plate, a concoction of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries smothered in sausage gravy.”Sure, we’re concerned,” said Traynor, a retired Cleveland cop who with Mougianas has been operating the cafe attached to the bustling public market for more than 13 years…. Read full this story
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