George T. Simon, a one-time restaurateur turned attorney, usually gets passing mentions as one of several investors in Northeast Ohio real estate deals and is regarded as a maverick in the commercial property business.
However, his push into the Akron real estate market with the purchase of the five-building Cedarwood Valley Office Park is different.
Through 1725 Merriman LLC, the address of one of the structures, the group paid $975,000 cash, according to Summit County land records, for the troubled, high-vacancy office park.
Simon, in phone interviews, said the other investors are members of his family, and he serves as managing partner.
“I’d call it a one-man band, but it’s really a five-piece band,” Simon said, referring to his brothers Michael and Joseph, sister Geraldine and daughters and sons. Simon’s family members run Simon’s full-service restaurant in Brecksville and LA Pete’s, a diner in Independence. His daughter Stephanie Bartos is