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The walls of Sokolowski’s University Inn in Tremont are covered with pictures of politicians, sports figures and celebrities.

  • President Bill Clinton
  • Bernie Kosar
  • Steven VanZant

But one stands out according to Mary Babier who’s family had run the place for decades: Anthony Bourdain.

She got the news when she walked in the door from a co-worker

“He said Anthony Bourdain died and I got goose bumps and I started to cry cause you know we were honored to have him here a few years ago,” she said.

Sokolowski’s menu is filled with Polish favorites, so in the kitchen there are cutlets to bread and a thousand other jobs to do before the doors open.

Bourdain wasn’t afraid to try anything says Mary “Like pigs feet.  My brother Bernie that day made gelled pigs feet and he thought it was fabulous and we always serve it with a little bit of vinegar.  It’s a traditional polish dish and not many people like it you know but he just went crazy over it.”

After the visit Bourdain spoke of Cleveland writing “I like Cleveland. I find the much maligned town beautiful, a stark reality up against a unique sense of humor and resignation.”



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

First Picture Courtesy of Drew Angerer and Getty Images

Second Picture Courtesy of Craig Sjodin and Getty Images

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