About Us

We start with tried-and-true Italian recipes, we mix in bold innovation and modern flair, and we top it off with impeccable quality and outstanding service.

Welcome to LockKeepers, where made-from-scratch Italian fare, stunning surroundings and kind, professional service leave unforgettable marks on your meal experience. Voted one of the best Cleveland restaurants by locals, LockKeepers prides itself on service marked with sincerity and a smile. Modern in approach and Italian in spirit, we welcome you whether you’re seeking a destination, everyday or special event restaurant.


SAVOUR Hospitality Restaurant Group is locally owned and operated by Cleveland native Malisse Sinito. The group is a collection of Cleveland’s finest dining destinations, all located in unique settings.

​In 1992, Sinito opened the flagship restaurant LockKeepers. Over two decades later, LockKeepers has received several Wine Spectator Best of Awards of Excellence and is a consistent OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award winner for best overall restaurants in the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area.

​Malisse and Frank Sinito began their restaurant journey in 1988. Together they ran The River Pub, a busy neighborhood bar in a historic building with a rich 160-year history. Located on the bank of the Ohio and Erie Canal in Valley View, Ohio, the River Pub, in 1992, was completely renovated and converted into The LockKeepers Inn.

Named for its location on the banks of the Ohio-Erie Canal and its proximity to Lock 39, The LockKeepers Inn was a quaint steakhouse with Italian specialties. Malisse, who ran the kitchen, and Frank, the general manager, shared a simple objective: serve the highest quality food with love, care and hospitality like you would offer in your own home. The little restaurant was a smashing success and quickly outgrew its space.

In 1995, Malisse semi-retired to raise three children. Frank took over the oversight of the restaurant while he was building a new company called Millenia. In 2000, the Sinitos acquired land on the other side of the canal, and broke ground on Thornburg Station. Thornburg Station housed a new restaurant, LockKeepers, which opened in 2001, along with retail and office spaces.

The new LockKeepers was much larger than the previous space and featured soaring ceilings, banquet rooms, a private dining sommelier room overlooking the main dining room, and a patio overlooking the Cuyahoga River. Nestled comfortably in the Cuyahoga Valley, LockKeepers today occupies a stunning arts-and-crafts style building located between the historic Erie Canal and the Cuyahoga River. Elegantly appointed with mahogany millwork, its soaring floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the river. LockKeepers continues to enchant guests with fresh, flavorful Italian cuisine for the most special occasion or for casual weekday dining. The Sinitos reflect their Italian heritage in the contemporary menu, which features handmade pastas, freshly baked desserts, hand-cut steaks, chops and seafood.