Cielo Grande was packed Thursday night, April 17, for their grand opening and ribbon cutting. The business, which held a soft opening Friday, April 11, specializes in tapas (small) plates as well as an impressive wine list and delicious entrees.
“The business was robust Friday and Saturday,” said co-owner Bill Van Der Giessen, who also owns 1812 Food & Spirits and Rosie’s Bar and Grill. “We were closed Sunday and Monday to catch our breath. We opened back up Tuesday and business has been solid. We have had a good response from our customers.”
Alexis Kohlman, Van Der Giessen’s granddaughter and other co-owner of Cielo Grande, was busy smiling and serving as the night went on at the official grand opening.
At the ribbon cutting, many well-wishers and patrons gathered outside. Mayor Vince Leone addressed the crowd and spoke fondly of Van Der Giessen.
“He is always quick to deflect compliments and aim them towards his friends, family and community,” said Leone. “He is a big part of the community and he contributes to the energy that is moving Port Clinton forward.”