Jerry Suhar was invovled with the Euclid Tavern for fifteen years, from 1979-1990. First, he cooked for the establishment, serving what he coined as "Pittsburgers" since he was replicating a sandwhich from the Strip district of Pittsburgh. Then in 1980, he began to host open mic nights on Monday nights for the college crowds. When students failed to come onstage, Suhar began to perform stand-up and sing. He would even perform classical music because of his experience as a voice major at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the 1960s. Suhar claims that the success of the Euclid Tavern during this time period was not due to a strict business model, but because the Tavern provided a wild, but laid back atmosphere for a variety of audiences and can connect its success with people just wanting to have a good time.


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Suhar, Jerry (interviewee)


Miller, Marilyn (interviewer)


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