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First Watch opens new location in Middleburg Heights

After its growth in the area, breakfast, lunch chain makes claim to land previously occupied by Panera Bread.
Benjamin Michael Hall
The newly opened First Watch location in Middleburg Heights open for customers.

After picking up steam in the Cleveland area, the breakfast and lunch restaurant First Watch opened its doors to its new Middleburg Heights location on Jan. 29.  

The First Watch restaurant chain has grown throughout the state over the last few years, with the location at 18320 Bagley Rd. being their newest addition.  

“For nearly two decades, First Watch has made good mornings across Cuyahoga County and our newest restaurant promises to continue this momentum with fresh takes on your brunch favorite,” David Gaines, the Vice President of Operations at First Watch, said. 

General Manager for the Middleburg Heights location Sarah Rennaker said that while the chain now spans the United States, she looks forward to their location in Middleburg Heights.  

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“We actually started in California, then moved to Florida,” Rennaker said. “It’s [the Middleburg Heights location] a great location. We think we’re kind of a one-of-a-kind breakfast spot that would be a great addition to our area.” 

Their menu features many classic breakfast and lunch items, as well as a collection of healthy and unique options, including a collection of iced coffees and juices. 

Purple Haze is one of the specialty drinks offered on the menu at First Watch. (Ryan Acevedo)

Rennaker said they’re here “to make everybody’s day brighter.” 

“We like to serve fresh, good quality ingredients. That’s kind of what sets us apart from everyone else in the type of ingredients that we use,” Rennaker said.   

According to their expansion plan, First Watch plans to continue their growth with new locations in Brunswick and Uniontown set to open later this year.  

“There’s still so much potential for growth in Cleveland and so much demand for better breakfast and lunch occasions, which is why we’re working hard to keep First Watch top of mind and first in line here for years to come,” Gaines said. 

According to their website, the restaurant chain seeks to source seasonal fresh ingredients. 

“First Watch will continue to position itself at the forefront of innovation in the daytime dining sector; introducing new menu items before they hit the mainstream and offer a rotating seasonal menu that changes five times a year at a price point and value that encourages frequency,” Hunter Carpenter, a First Watch public relations representative, said.  

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    JayFeb 24, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    Terrible breakfast served cold low quality and over priced.