MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Boneyard restaurant on Mayfield Road has been rid of its saloon vibe, second floor and back-door entrance, and been remade into a modern sports bar, arcade and eatery called Play.
The restaurant opened its doors last week to a space unrecognizable from its former identity. It’s about half the size of Boneyard, and boasts an industrial aesthetic with lots of natural light, exposed beams and wood paneling — some from the original structure when it was Mayland Theater.
Customers now enter through the front, and the restaurant added an extra driveway off Mayfield.
The front dining area facing Mayfield Road is enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows that can be raised in the summer for outdoor seating. A long, wooden bar is the centerpiece of the main dining area, with booth seating in the back and high-top tables in the front.
The new space stops where the old stage area began. It’s still back there, and Margolis said phase two of the Play project could bring back the entertainment and banquet area.
With a reasonably priced menu boasting chicken and waffles, milkshakes from blueberry pie to peanut butter pretzel, confit wings and Philly cheese steak-inspired spring rolls, the food at Play has changed as much as the atmosphere.
“There’s no food within a five-mile radius of what we have. We’re not just another sports bar on Mayfield. We’re trying to elevate the Mayfield Road experience,” operating partner Darryl Margolis said.
Almost everything on Play’s menu, conceived by Shawn and Tiffany Monday, the chef-couple behind One Red Door in Hudson and Flip Side in Chagrin Falls, is made fresh, never frozen.
“Our onion rings were literally an onion hours ago,” Margolis said.
The arcade — and the prizes — have also been upgraded. Players can win an iPad, Beats by Dre headphones, video game accessories, kitchen appliances and other goods that are pricier and more adult-centric than Boneyard’s offerings. Games, including the mini bowling alley, are refurbished with new features.
Play’s hours are Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday, 11:30-12 a.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
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