Lake Effect

in Restaurants and Cafes

Lake Effect, a nautical-themed restaurant, opened at 4204 Detroit Avenue in 1999. Part-owner Buck Harris, of Gay 90’s fame, opened Lake Effect to provide a “safe and comfortable environment for gay men and lesbians and their friends” to meet. Lake Effect closed in 2000 following a falling-out between Harris and his business partners, Anne Bloomberg and Paul Tomko.

Additional information coming soon.


  • “Buck Harris Interview, 20 April 2006.” Cleveland Voices.
  • Cicora, Elaine T. “Gay Dining Options Bottom Out.” Scene. May 18, 2000.
  • Cicora, Elaine T. “Special Effect.” Scene. July 29, 1999.
  • DeCournoyer, Daniel. “Not Dead, Just Family Friendly.” Gay People’s Chronicle. March 31, 2000. Page 6.
  • Harris, Buck. “Not ‘Gay Enough’? Rubbish!” Gay People’s Chronicle. July 23, 1999. Page 6.
  • Martin, Dean. “Host Ends the Gay ’90s To Devote Time To Restaurant.” Gay People’s Chronicle. August 6, 1999. Page 2.
4204 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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