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  1. Columbus taco joint expanding..., coming to Dayton Condado is putting a few other pins in its map of Ohio. ... The Dayton location will be in The Greene in Beavercreek and is expected to open in summer 2020. Steiner + Associates, the developers of that project, are well familiar with the brand since they’re co-developers of Easton Town Center, which already is home to a Condado. “Condado has been expanding quickly and we’re looking forward to moving into Dayton in 2020,” CEO Joe Kahn said in a statement. “The Dayton community has great art, food and local entertainment options which is what got us excited to open there.” More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/09/columbus-taco-joint-expanding-in-cleveland-coming.html
  2. Spend $51M and no new HQ hotel right away? ‘We will all look ridiculous,’ 3CDC exec says It will cost $51 million in local hotel tax money to acquire and demolish the Millennium Hotel, according to a financial analysis reviewed Friday by the Convention Facilities Authority, but even if that money is spent, a new convention center hotel could be years away, leaving a large vacant site in the middle of downtown. The initial discussion of a potentially massive hotel project had several members of the CFA, which has to approve any use of hotel tax revenue, asking pointed questions of Laura Brunner, the CEO of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, and Hamilton County Administrator Jeff Aluotto. The CFA is composed of influential staff members from the city, county, business community and other local governments as well as citizens. For months behind the scenes, tensions have been rising among the various players, agencies and organizations that are or were once involved in the hotel initiative. They have alternatively questioned the financial assumptions each has made, the ability to meet those assumptions, the inclusion or exclusion of key contractors and financiers and the basic competency of each other to get the job done. Some of that tension spilled out into the open at Friday’s CFA session. The CFA reviewed an initial financial analysis of the potential use of hotel tax money for the convention center hotel project and the Sharonville Convention Center expansion done by PFM Financial Advisers. The money from the hotel tax is used to fund a variety of public tourism expenses, including debt service on the most-recent work on the Duke Energy Convention Center as well as the Sharonville building. The end of that so-called payment “waterfall” leaves the city and county each with surplus funds each year. In the county’s case, it has more than $12 million today, with around $2 million projected to be added each year. Each must get the other’s permission, as well as the CFA’s OK, to spend those funds. The city has used its funds to finance public improvements related to the FC Cincinnati stadium. The county has not yet committed the bulk of its surplus funds. Full article below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/06/spend-51-m-and-no-new-hq-hotel-right-away-we-will.html
  3. Great shots. I was there in 2007 and enjoyed my time there for a week.
  4. New look, new focus at remodeled Italian Village restaurant An Italian Village restaurant is upping its focus on experience. The Market Italian Village at 1022 Summit St. has reopened after a remodel. The space opened in 2014 as a restaurant/specialty grocery store, but the remodel ditched some of the retail business in favor of more seating and a greater emphasis on dining. The business still sells beer, wine and specialty meats. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/06/new-look-new-focus-at-remodeled-italian.html
  5. Belly Burger Takes Over Former Home of Oliver’s Goodbye Oliver’s, hello Belly Burger. A new concept has taken over the Downtown restaurant at 26 N. High St. Tucked in the alley just off High, Belly Burger will offer a streamlined menu of, you guessed it, burgers. The signature dish can be stacked as a single, double or triple and the adventurous can add cheese. There’s a lone Cluck – a chicken sandwich – and French Fries are seasoned with salt & pepper. To pair with their burgers, diners can opt for a Cheerwine Slushie (a cherry soda popular in the South) and make it boozy with the addition of whiskey. They lineup of hand-dipped Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry Milkshakes can also be amped up with alcohol. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/belly-burger-takes-over-former-home-of-olivers-sp1
  6. New Krueger cookie shops offer icing stations and milk bars Cheryl Krueger’s new cookie company has a few new stores. The Central Ohio entrepreneur’s C. Krueger’s Finest Baked Goods opened its third store Thursday, this one in New Albany. Meanwhile, its original store at 17 E. Brickel St. in the Short North is set to relocate to a more visible storefront on High Street. “This is a way for us to get our brand out there,” said Krueger, the founder of Westerville-based Cheryl & Co. who sold that company in 2005 and made her return to the cookie business last year. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/06/new-krueger-cookie-shops-offer-icing-stations-and.html
  7. Construction of large food hall in Madisonville expected to start soon A large, upscale food hall with room for a dozen different operators and a bar is expected to start construction soon in Madisonville. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/05/construction-of-large-food-hall-in-madisonville.html
  8. Addella’s Bringing Neighborhood Restaurant to Franklin Park Soon Franklin Park residents will have their very own neighborhood restaurant. A husband-and-wife team of industry veterans will open Addella’s at 1485 Oak St. early next year. A mash-up of their daughters’ names, Karrio Ballard, former co-owner of Barrel oh High, and Victoria Hink, former owner of the Angry Baker, are behind the new concept. Combining their talents into one space, Ballard says they aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but bring a neighborhood bar and restaurant to an area of town with limited dining options. Addella’s will be open for lunch and dinner and serve up brunch on the weekends. They’ll aim to be open every day of the week, and are still tinkering with exact hours. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/addellas-bringing-neighborhood-restaurant-to-franklin-park-sp1
  9. Filling a hole: Doughnut shop joins mall food court A popular North Carolina-based doughnut maker has a new, unusual spot in Central Ohio. Local franchisees have opened the latest local Duck Donuts inside The Mall at Tuttle Crossing. That’s a first for the 13-year-old brand, which has 84 shops in 26 states and three countries, including two others in Central Ohio. The shop opened late last month in time for Black Friday weekend. It is owned by local franchisees Krista Sparks, Brad Hobbs, Kevin Burns and Darren Shutler. That’s the team responsible for bringing the Outer Banks-originated brand to the Columbus area in 2016. That first store is a 825 Polaris Pkwy. in Westerville. They opened a second area store at 7717 Sawmill Road in Dublin in 2017. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/05/filling-a-hole-doughnut-shop-joins-mall-food-court.html
  10. Here's when the WonderBus music festival will return to Columbus The WonderBus music and arts festival will return to Columbus for the next seven years after its organizers received “positive barometric readings” about the inaugural event hosted in August. WonderBus’s 2020 event will take place Aug. 29 and 30 on the lawn at CAS on Olentangy River Road. It also announced it will return to Columbus through at least 2026. It will continue to benefit the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health. The festival contributed $50,000 to the OSU department this year. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/04/heres-when-the-wonderbus-music-festival-will.html
  11. BrewDog eyeing Pendleton for short-term rentals near new brewery The U.K.'s largest craft brewery, which just opened its second-largest U.S. taproom in Cincinnati, is eyeing the home neighborhood of its newest pub for an Airbnb-like experience. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/04/exclusive-brewdog-eyeing-pendleton-for-short-term.html
  12. City Council considers amnesty for parking tickets Cincinnati City Council is considering an amnesty program to forgive late fees and storage fees for towed vehicles that are related to parking tickets. Council members Tamaya Dennard and Wendell Young requested the program, which the city administration said it generally opposes. The amnesty would forgive parking late fees and towing/storage fees accrued on or before Dec. 31, 2016, if people pay the original ticket(s). Dennard told council on Monday that she hopes to initiate the program in later March or early April. The program is designed to recognize the major financial hardships of such fines on the working poor and low-income households. The base ticket for not paying the parking fee at a meter is $45, and it can double to $90 if not paid by the three-week deadline. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/04/city-council-considers-amnesty-for-parking-tickets.html
  13. New downtown restaurant focuses on burgers, boozy milkshakes Jeff Kover is a dentist by day, but he always wanted to be in the restaurant business. “It’s always been in my blood,” he said. “I got into the business at 16 and did everything: short order cook, catering. It paid my way through dental school.” When he turned 50 a few years ago, he finally decided to make his dream of restaurant ownership a reality. Those efforts will culminate with the Friday opening of Belly Burger, Kover's new burger restaurant and bar at 26 N. High St. in downtown Columbus. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/04/new-downtown-restaurant-focuses-on-burgers-boozy.html
  14. Whittier Peninsula development could open a new front for downtown expansion Downtown Columbus is expanding to the north and west. A new mega-project proposed for Whittier Peninsula could open up a new southern front. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/04/whittier-peninsula-development-would-open-a-new.html
  15. Modern Building Going up on Main Street in Bexley Work is well underway on a three-story building at the northwest corner of Main Street and Parkview Avenue in Bexley. Ohio State Bank will occupy the first floor of the building, which is on track to be completed by next summer. The prominent site – just under an acre in size, and bordering Alum Creek – has been an empty grass lot for decades. The upper floors of the building will offer about 8,600 square feet of office space, which was recently listed by NAI Ohio Equities. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/modern-building-going-up-on-main-street-in-bexley-bw1
  16. First Look: Zaftig Brewing Co. Italian Village Zaftig Brewing Co. has opened the doors to its Italian Village Brew Pub. The Worthington-based brewery is now pouring pints and serving eats at 119 E. Fifth Ave. Imbibers will find 28 taps serving up exclusively Zaftig brews. Seven taps on each side are fixed, dedicated to the brewery’s favorites like Hazy Miss Daisy and Juice Lucy, and the rest will serve up a rotating selection of special pours. A number of special beers are on tap for the opening, including Galaxy, Too Cans, I Believe in Santa, and an Italian Village exclusive Barrel Aged Strong Ale. There will be more Brew Pub exclusive beers to follow, flowing from the on-site five barrel tap system. Growlers and grab-and-go six packs will also be available. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-zaftig-brewing-co-italian-village-sp1
  17. Over councilwoman’s objection, apartment project in blighted building set to get tax breaks Cincinnati Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard continues to stand alone in opposing property tax breaks for apartment projects in downtown and Over-the-Rhine that don’t include some kind of affordable component. Dennard voted against a property tax abatement for a six-unit apartment building at 222-226 Mohawk in Over-the-Rhine at Monday’s budget committee meeting. City Council is expected to approve the tax breaks on Wednesday. Rents at the Over-the-Rhine building are expected to range from $1,000 per month for a three-bedroom unit and bigger, two-bedroom units will rent for $1,400 per month. Dennard and Councilman Chris Seelbach, both Democrats, debated whether the urban core had been gentrified. Data indicates that the 45202 area code was the most-expensive rental ZIP code in Ohio, Dennard noted. "Rent is high in Cincinnati,” Dennard said. “There is nuance to this conversation. How do we welcome the growth? My saying no doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate you (developers). It just means I’m not willing to help you oust people. If you want to have $1,500 rent, have at it, just don’t come to the city asking for that to be subsidized.” More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/03/over-councilwoman-s-objection-apartment-project-in.html
  18. Natalie’s Sets Opening Date for Second Location The concert calendar is already filling up for Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen in Fifth by Northwest. Popular Worthington joint Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music is ready to open its second location this Thursday, December 5 and 945 King Ave. Natalie’s is taking over the 9,000 square foot former home of King Avenue 5. With nearly three times the capacity of the original, the new location has enough square footage for separate areas for dining and live tunes. The coal-fired oven is a prominent feature on the dining side, with a menu that goes beyond Natalie’s signature pizzas. There’s an appetizer section that spans charcuterie & cheese and arancini, to oysters and octopus, as well as a handful of soups and salads. The Fifth by Northwest location strays from its roots with a robust section of entrees featuring an Ancho BBQ Braise Pork Shank, Olive Oil Poached Shrimp & Linguine and more. However pizza fans can fear not, there’s a menu of classic offerings and a daily seasonal selection. More below: https://www.columbusunderground.com/natalies-sets-opening-date-for-second-location-sp1
  19. Dayton airport awarded $4.3M grant for safety, infrastructure improvements The Dayton International Airport has been awarded a multi-million-dollar grant from the federal government. The Federal Aviation Administration granted $4.3 million to the local airport as part of its Airport Improvement Plan Supplement Grant program. Funding from the grant will be used for safety and infrastructure improvements. “The robust economy is enabling more passengers to travel by air, so this administration is investing billions of dollars in America’s airports, which will address safer operations, fewer airport delays and greater ease of travel for air travelers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/12/03/dayton-airport-awarded-4-3m-grant-for-safety.html
  20. OhioHealth intersection construction nearly over as Route 315 ramp reopens after a year A southbound ramp to Route 315 from West North Broadway reopened on Thanksgiving after being closed for a full year, nearly wrapping up road construction related to OhioHealth Corp.'s new headquarters just outside Clintonville. Work was to wrap up Tuesday on new curb ramps off Olentangy River Road near the interchange, and a new pedestrian and bike path is complete, a spokeswoman for the Columbus Department of Public Service said. Columbus pledged $40 million in infrastructure improvements as part of the 2017 economic incentive package to get OhioHealth to stay in the city as it left downtown and consolidated administrative offices. The hospital system projects an additional 2,500 jobs in the Olentangy River Road corridor between the headquarters, growth at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, outpatient sites and ancillary development. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/03/ohiohealth-intersection-construction-nearly-over.html
  21. Historic building eyed for mixed-use redevelopment An iconic building in downtown Wilmington is being eyed for redevelopment as a mixed-use facility that includes office, event, co-working, restaurant/retail and maker space. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/12/03/historic-building-eyed-for-mixed-use-redevelopment.html
  22. Historic Dayton grounds to see funding extended Dayton’s National Aviation Heritage Area looks to have a bright future. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced legislation to extend and reauthorize funding for the area to 2022. It spans eight counties throughout western Ohio, with a large presence in Dayton, the home of the Wright Brothers. There are a variety of cultural sites within the NAHA, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park, Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and Grimes Flying Field, as well as resources related to the Wright Brothers. “The pioneering spirit of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright Brothers is reflected today in Dayton’s National Aviation Heritage Area,” Brown said. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2019/12/03/historic-dayton-grounds-to-see-funding-extended.html
  23. Two hotel projects move forward ...Council also is expected to approve an 11-year tax abatement to a hotel project that will be wedged between the Corryville Kroger store and the street at 60 William Howard Taft Road. The hotel’s flag is expected to be a Tru Hotel by Hilton. The $12 million, 117-room hotel and parking garage adds to the hotel mix in growing Uptown, which already has a Hampton Inn, a Fairfield Inn and the University of Cincinnati’s Kingsgate Conference Center hotel. Keystone Hotle Group and Luminaut are the developers on the project. More below: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/03/two-hotel-projects-move-forward.html
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