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  1. First Look: Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory Short North Cookie dough?! Mango?! Tequila Almond?! Prepare for analysis paralysis as Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory opens its doors today, Friday, February 21. Inside 1127 N. High St. in the Short North, 52 flavors of ice cream and nearly 60 flavors of paletas await. There’s more. Sporting the same menu as its other two locations, Dulce Vida will also offer sweets creations like their signature Mangonada. There’s a lineup of savory items too, including hot dogs, walking tacos and french fries. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-dulce-vida-ice-cream-factory-sp1
  2. Parsons Avenue Bakery Nears Opening Date South Siders looking for a sweet treat won’t have to wait much longer. J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes plans to make its debut later this month. Founder Juana Williams is aiming for a February 28 soft opening, a grand opening celebration the following weekend, and a block-party style affair once the weather turns warm. The bakery is flanked by two other local businesses, 5th Element Tattoo Gallery on one side and The Pit BBQ Grille’s recently-opened second location on the other. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/parsons-avenue-bakery-nears-opening-date-sp1/
  3. Casto eyes mixed-use redevelopment of Neil Avenue shopping center previously home to Giant Eagle Although the plans presented were preliminary, Casto representatives heard one thing loud and clear from neighbors: They want a grocery store. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/20/casto-eyes-mixed-use-redevelopment-of-neil-avenue.html
  4. Ohio’s ‘Best Bakery’ resides in Dayton region For those seeking a top-notch bakery, look no further than Boosalis Baking and Cafe. That’s the verdict from the website, Eat this, Not That!, which listed Boosalis Baking at the top bakery in the Buckeye State. The bakery, now located in Centerville’s Cross Pointe Center, has been serving up fresh, hand-made European pastries and breads for more than a decade. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2020/02/20/ohio-s-best-bakery-resides-in-dayton-region.html
  5. Greater Cincinnati restaurant with five decades of history reopens A longtime Greater Cincinnati restaurant has reopened, the Journal-News reports. Red’s Hamburger Shop, located at 103 S. Riverside Drive (U.S. 127) in New Miami (Butler County), traces its roots to the early 1960s. It was briefly Mel’s Diner last decade before reopening last week under its old moniker. The little brick building that Red’s calls home is considered the heart of the village, just north of Hamilton. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/20/greater-cincinnati-restaurant-with-five-decades-of.html
  6. Cleveland restaurateur sets opening date for new Short North restaurant TownHall isn’t quite ready to open yet, but that didn't stop one of its owners from wanting to show it off. A nattily dressed Bobby George met me Wednesday to walk through the space at 800 N. High St., where the Cleveland-based restaurateur is readying his latest restaurant. He's now targeting March 9 for the opening. Construction is still cranking away inside the 6,500-square-foot space as custom-made furniture and fixtures are put into place, but that doesn’t deter George from sharing his vision: garage doors across the front all open to a nice spring night, bright green vines climbing the front of the building and a bustling patio that’s closer to the street than any other in the busy Short North. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/19/cleveland-restaurateur-sets-opening-dating-for-new.html
  7. COTA ridership hits highest level in more than 30 years COTA's ridership grew to 19.1 million last year, boosted by free downtown passes and the Cmax bus rapid transit route along Cleveland Avenue. That's the highest it's been since 1988. The number of trips was a 1.2% increase from 18.9 million in 2018, and 4% higher since the systemwide redesign in 2017, the Central Ohio Transit Authority said in a news release. Nationally transit use is declining – Central Ohio was one of only six markets that had increases in 2018. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/19/cota-ridership-hits-highest-level-in-more-than30.html
  8. Cincinnati's SkyStar wheel will be replaced The current SkyStar wheel will close on March 2 and be replaced by a new, first-of-its-kind 180-foot high observation wheel about a year later. “We have become part of the Hamilton County community,” said Todd Schneider, managing partner of SkyStar Wheel. “We look forward to being a more permanent fixture at the Banks.” More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/19/cincinnatis-skystar-wheel-will-be-replaced.html
  9. Dayton brewery nominated for national award A week after it was recognized by a global rating site, a Dayton brewery is up for another prestigious award. Branch & Bone Artisan Ales is a nominee for the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice 2020 award for Best New Brewery. Branch & Bone was nominated by a panel of experts and 10Best editors, though the winner will be determined by USA Today readers. “At Branch & Bone we are very passionate about what we do so it is very humbling to receive recognition at this level," said Trevor Sutherland, the brewery's director of sales. "If you appreciate what we do please vote early and vote often." More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2020/02/19/dayton-brewery-nominated-for-national-award.html
  10. The Pit BBQ Grille Opens Second Location, Announces Third What better way to celebrate opening a second location than by announcing a third? Linden’s The Pit BBQ Grille has not only opened its second digs, but is staking claim on its third restaurant. Restaurant number two opened earlier this month at 1542 Parsons Ave. Owner D’Andre Martin says that just as with Linden, they wanted to open in more up-and-coming communities, growing with the area and giving back as they can. Parsons Avenue provided an ideal location to continue that mission. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/the-pit-bbq-grille-opens-second-location-announces-third-sp1
  11. Mahogany’s owner opens new restaurant Liz Rogers, who owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city after her restaurant at the Banks closed, is opening a new eatery, WCPO reports. Rogers will open Wing Champ to the public on Monday at 2343 E. Sharon Road in Sharonville. The restaurant will serve sandwiches, sweet potato muffins, hickory-smoked wings and other Southern fare. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/17/mahogany-s-owner-opens-new-restaurant.html
  12. Construction ramps up on luxury condo project in Newport Work to transform the former Newport Baptist Convalescent Home into luxury condominiums is ramping up. 120 Main St. LLC, whose members include Ed Horgan, Marc Gilioli, Ben Trautman and John Trautman, are transforming the building into Skypoint Luxury Condos with total of 45 condos. Work is underway on the first phase including 21 condos plus the development’s amenity areas. Horgan said about 60 tradespeople are in the building currently, working on plumbing, electricity and HVAC. The goal is for drywall to start going up next week. As we toured the building this week, Horgan explained most of the first phase units have 63 linear feet of floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of the Cincinnati skyline. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/14/construction-ramps-up-on-luxury-condo-project-in.html
  13. L-shaped apartment building proposed for Italian Village site A Columbus developer wants to build a nearly 200-unit apartment building on a parking lot near Jeffrey Park in Italian Village. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/14/l-shaped-apartment-buildingproposed-for-italian.html
  14. Conservatives back countywide transportation tax Two leading West Side conservatives said Friday they will back a 0.8% sales tax that will be used to expand bus service throughout Hamilton County and fix roads and bridges. Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes, a Democrat, and Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz, R-Green Township, endorsed the tax, which is on the March 17 ballot, at a news conference at Westwood Town Hall. Rhodes’ support was particularly notable because he helped lead the opposition in 2002 to the last transit levy on a Hamilton County ballot, the MetroMoves measures, which would have expanded bus service and built several light rail lines. “That was a boondoggle from the get go. It would have taken 10 years to get there,” Rhodes said in an interview with the Business Courier. “This is transportation, bus transportation. No streetcars are in it, thank God. It’s a device to get people to jobs, which is the major thing for me. Plus, the city earnings tax is going to be reduced." More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/14/conservatives-back-countywide-transportation-tax.html
  15. Restaurateur buys former Enoteca Emilia building The owner of multiple restaurants and bars in Cincinnati has purchased the building that formerly housed Enoteca Emilia in O’Bryonville. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/14/exclusive-restaurateur-buys-former-enoteca-emilia.html
  16. Longtime local restaurateur plans downtown, Short Vine eateries A longtime Cincinnati restaurateur is preparing to open a new Mediterranean restaurant on Short Vine, and he's already looking ahead to its second location. Andy Hajjar is hosting the grand opening of Kabobske at 2904 Short Vine St. on Feb. 26, but the restaurant is currently open to the public. It's Hajjar's second Kabobske location. He is the original founder of Andy's Mediterranean Grill in Walnut Hills, a restaurant he opened in the 1990s with his brother Majed (who now owns the restaurant). More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/14/exclusive-longtime-local-restaurateur-plans.html
  17. The owners of this new Grandview-area restaurant are already hungry for expansion The Crispy Coop doesn’t just want to be a neighborhood chicken joint. The restaurant opened this month at 1717 Northwest Blvd. Co-owner Drew Cleary already has aspirations beyond feeding the nearby Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington neighborhoods. “We come from a franchise situation,” he said. “Now we want to be the franchisors. Our goal is to open as many as possible.” The expansion aspirations aren’t without experience. One of the investors in Crispy Coop also is a co-founder of the Poké Bros. chain of poké restaurants, which has grown from its initial Columbus restaurant in 2016 to 34 locations in seven states via franchising. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/14/the-owners-of-this-new-grandview-area-restaurant.html
  18. Cleveland's Saucy Brew Works updates plans for Columbus brewpub Cleveland-based Saucy Brew Works expects to open its Columbus brewpub at 443 W. 3rd Ave. in early April, the brewery said Friday. Owners Brent Zimmerman and Eric Anderson have been working on the space for about a year. Construction-related delays pushed back the brewery's original plan for a summer 2019 opening. In October, Zimmerman said the brewery was targeting the first quarter of this year. The 190-seat brewpub is in the former location of Cafe Apropos in Harrison West. It is modeled on Saucy’s Ohio City brewpub and will have pizza, appetizers, sandwiches and more. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/14/clevelands-saucy-brew-works-updates-plansfor.html
  19. More on that... Mayor Cranley eyes run for governor Mayor John Cranley is getting an early start running for his next public office. In a brief statement, the two-term mayor said Friday he is exploring a run for Ohio governor in 2022, presumably against incumbent Republican Mike DeWine. "For years, Ohio’s middle class has been shrinking under the weight of the state’s failed policies,” Cranley said. “Cincinnati’s comeback, population and job growth that buck Ohio’s overall track record is a better way forward.” More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/14/mayor-cranley-eyes-run-for-governor.html
  20. Discotheque will open across the street from Rhinegeist A discotheque featuring high-caliber dance music and an emphasis on live DJs is opening across the street from Rhinegeist in Over-the-Rhine, created by the organizer of Cincinnati's tea dances. E|19 Lounge Bar & Discotheque is opening this summer. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/13/exclusive-discotheque-will-open-across-the-street.html
  21. Seafood-centric restaurant coming to Mariemont A growing Cincinnati hospitality group is expanding its reach with a new seafood-centric concept coming to Mariemont this spring. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/13/seafood-centric-restaurant-coming-to-mariemont.html
  22. 175-Unit Apartment Complex Proposed for Italian Village A proposal to build a 175-unit apartment complex on a surface parking lot in Italian Village got a first look from the neighborhood’s review board earlier this week. The proposal calls for two separate buildings at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and Sixth Street – one five stories tall and the other four. A free-standing garage would be built behind the buildings to provide parking for residents and for the commercial tenants of 274 E. First Ave., the large warehouse-like building that holds the State Library of Ohio and a NAPA auto parts store. The new apartments would sit directly across Second Avenue from the Station 324 development. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/175-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-italian-village-bw1
  23. Affordable Housing Project Moves Forward Despite Opposition A rare split vote from the Columbus City Council means that a 100-unit affordable housing project in the Southfield neighborhood on the South Side will be moving forward. Council voted 4-3 at its February 10 meeting to approve a rezoning for the project, which will offer supportive housing in a two-building complex at 2565 Lockbourne Rd. The vote came after neighbors voiced their opposition to the project, citing a range of concerns that included safety issues – in particular, residents were worried about the site’s proximity to a childcare facility, and to a bus stop where local children wait for for their school bus every day. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/affordable-housing-project-moves-forward-despite-opposition-bw1
  24. First Look: Palmas Tropical Escape A new bar is bringing a taste of the tropics to Downtown. Palmas Tropical Escape opened its doors at 46 N. High St. last week. The new concept comes courtesy of Omar D’Angelo, owner of Barroluco Argentine Comfort Food. Palmas shares a building with the restaurant, with the bar facing High Street and the eatery accessible from the alley at 47 N. Pearl St. Bar-goers will sip on cocktails like Palomas, Mojitos and Piña & Coco Martinis while taking a trip around the world D’Angelo says. The plan is to bring in guest chefs and bartenders to present the cuisines and cocktails of other countries. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-palmas-topical-escape-sp1
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