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On 11/30/2019 at 9:02 AM, neilworms said:

I had the same exact thought when I tried going there yesterday...  (yeah I did see the followup post).   Also this kind of sh*t (we are a good place that is now only an event space) is so Cincinnati... 😕

 

Not sure what you mean about CHX closing being "so Cincinnati" ... are there other examples of restaurants closing and turning into event-only spaces here?

 

In any event, CHX was one of several chicken tender places to open up around the same time, and wasn't one of the better ones IMO. I recommend CityBird for a similar grab-and-go chicken tender place (I think CityBird's chicken and sauces are better than what CHX offered), and if you enjoy Nashville hot style chicken, the chicken tenders at Fiery Hen are also great.

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6 minutes ago, taestell said:

CityBeat published a listicle of 25 things that have disappeared in the first 25 years of CityBeat, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Myra's Dionysus in Clifton Heights made the list. That was a great restaurant and I still think about it and lament its closure fairly often.

The best soups. Thai Pumpkin, mmm.

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Construction of large food hall in Madisonville expected to start soon

 

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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


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3 hours ago, ColDayMan said:

A large, upscale food hall with room for a dozen different operators and a bar is expected to start construction soon in Madisonville.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/05/construction-of-large-food-hall-in-madisonville.html

 

Local.  Authentic.  Craft.  

 

 

 

 

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Hopefully it takes over that nasty @$$ Via Vite.  


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Too bad they couldn't work out a compromise with Chase.  Teller's was in an old bank - it's not that much of a stretch to simply start serving steaks while suckering people into home equity loans and reverse mortgages.  

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4 hours ago, taestell said:

Boi Na Braza announced that they will be reopening but have not announced their new location yet.

 

We'll see. The downtown Snappy Tomato announced they'd be reopening at a to-be-determined location in October, 2018. I'm still waiting.

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Sleepy Bee owners open new restaurant at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

 

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The owners and chef of the Sleepy Bee Cafe have opened a new concept on the campus of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

 

Waggle opened in the former Subway location at 3440 Burnet Ave. in Avondale, across from the Ronald McDonald House. The restaurant specializes in breakfast and bowls inspired by Sleepy Bee, which has locations in Oakley, Blue Ash and downtown.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/12/sleepy-bee-owners-open-new-restaurant-at.html


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That's great news! There aren't any "destination" restaurants within walking distance of Children's. I'm sure this will be a popular spot.

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27 minutes ago, jwulsin said:

That's great news! There aren't any "destination" restaurants within walking distance of Children's. I'm sure this will be a popular spot.

 

Christ Hospital had to shut down its Wendy's because too many people from the neighborhood were coming in.  

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Sky Galley Restaurant at Lunken will be forced to close after city cancels its lease

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/12/12/city-cancels-lease-agreement-with-sky-galley-after-facility-consultation/4409162002/

 

 

Anyone know what the deal is?  Seems weird to close a historic restaurant, even if there are health code violations.  A lot of restaurants have those.  I've already seen a petition floating around to keep it open. 

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Acclaimed Louisville chefs opening downtown Cincinnati restaurant

 

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Two acclaimed Louisville chefs are opening a pasta-driven restaurant inside of the upcoming Kinley Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

 

Chefs Edward Lee and Kevin Ashworth are teaming up to open Khora inside of the Kinley Hotel at 37 W. Seventh St. downtown in the spring of 2020. The hotel itself is set to start housing guests in August of that year.

 

Khora takes its name from Khorasan, one of the world's oldest ancient grains, known today as kamut. As such, the restaurant's menu will focus on pastas made using ancient grains. Dishes will reflect the region, including a twist on Cincinnati chili and a charred corn husk pici.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/13/acclaimed-louisville-chefs-opening-downtown.html

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Initial food tenants named for NKY entertainment development

 

A Covington development that plans to convert shipping containers into an open-air entertainment district has named its first food tenants.

 

Covcor Real Estate Investments LLC is bringing three initial restaurant tenants to its Covington Yard at 401 Greenup St.:

  • Django Western Taco
  • Yard Bird
  • Fork & Greens

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/16/initial-food-tenants-named-for-entertainment.html

 

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Lannis turn to family, heritage for newest Thunderdome restaurant

 

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The newest eatery for Cincinnati’s Thunderdome Restaurant Group is the most personal yet for the founding Lanni brothers, who turned to their family’s heritage for inspiration and their grandparents for the restaurant’s name.

 

Pepp & Dolores opens Dec. 17 at 1501 Vine St. in Over-the-Rhine. It’s the ninth restaurant concept opened by brothers Joe and John Lanni and their partner Alex Blust. It's named for the Lannis' grandparents Guiseppe, or “Peppe,” and Addolorata, or “Dolores.” The couple emigrated to the United States (by way of Canada) from their home in the south of Italy in 1955. Thunderdome operates multiple locations under brands like Currito, Bakersfield, the Eagle, CityBird, Krueger’s Tavern, Maplewood, Kaze and SoHi.

 

Pepp & Dolores is a tribute to the Lanni grandparents and the Sunday meals the brothers grew up enjoying at their house.

 

“The Sunday Sauce in particular is a true representation of what we had as kids, and even today,” John Lanni said at a preview event held for the media on Dec. 16. The sauce is a red sauce served with veal and pork meatballs and braised pork shoulder topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and served over thick bigoli pasta.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/17/lannis-turn-to-family-heritage-for-newest.html


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Neighborhood coffee shop opens on West Side

 

Cincinnati's western-most neighborhood is getting a community coffee shop courtesy of a pair of residents who want to foster offline connection.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/19/neighborhood-coffee-shop-opens-on-west-side.html

 

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Hathaway's Diner almost closed, now it's getting major Food Network accolade

 

Cincinnati's historic Hathaway's Diner seemed to be on the verge of shuttering before making a triumphant return earlier this year, and now Food Networking is honoring it among the best diners in the nation.

 

Food Network recently published its list of the 50 best diners in America, choosing one from each state. Cincinnati's Hathaway's, on the ground floor of the Carew Tower, was named the best in Ohio.

 

Here's what Food Network had to stay about the historic diner...

 

...and more below!

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/20/hathaways-diner-almost-closed-now-its-getting.html

 

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Jacob Trevino sets opening for Gorilla Cinema’s newest outpost, shares deeply personal story behind it

 

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Gorilla Cinema founder Jacob Trevino doesn’t do anything halfway. But his newest creation has deeply personal ties.

 

La Ofrenda, Trevino’s sixth bar, will open at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at 30 Findlay St. The bar will serve house cocktails and margaritas along with authentic light bites and more than 130 tequilas, mexcals and sotols.

 

“After opening bar after bar in a space and time that feels like both a decade and just 4 short years all at once, we started on our most personal venture to date,” Trevino said in a Facebook post explaining the story behind La Ofrenda. “This one feels different. It’s a concept inspired by something that hasn’t been present in the concepts that came before, and filled with all the things that have made me the creator I am today.”

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/27/jacob-trevino-sets-opening-for-gorilla-cinema-s.html


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1 minute ago, jmecklenborg said:

Why does this guy think that any of us care about where he supposedly grew up?  

 

Jacob has a big following. People care about his concepts. 

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Longtime OTR restaurant closing to make way for new concept

 

The Thunderdome Restaurant Group is closing Kaze OTR, a Japanese restaurant and bar that it took over in March, in order to make way for a new restaurant concept.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/27/exclusive-longtime-otr-restaurant-closing-to-make.html

 

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Kaze has always been one of the least popular restaurants on Vine despite its great space. They have by far the best outdoor space in that area. Considering Thunderdomes past success I’m sure whatever new idea they put there will do well. 

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Sartre OTR Will Close Its Doors After the New Year

 

"Regretfully, after two wonderful years, Sartre will be closing its doors on Wednesday, January 1st," the post from Jim Cornwell and the Sartre staff read.  "We are very grateful for the love and support from not only our guests, but from all the hard working farmers and craftsman that kept us supplied with inspiration. We would love to see all of you one last time before we go. Reservations are greatly appreciated. Thank you once again for your support. When one door closes, another opens. So stay tuned to see what we have planned for the space in early 2020!"

 

I thought it was bizarre that Rhinegeist opened such a high concept/fine dining restaurant in that space. A simple gastropub type of restaurant would have done amazingly well with the crowd that packs Rhinegeist every weekend.

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On 12/28/2019 at 3:39 PM, Cincy513 said:

Kaze has always been one of the least popular restaurants on Vine despite its great space. They have by far the best outdoor space in that area. Considering Thunderdomes past success I’m sure whatever new idea they put there will do well. 

 

I always really enjoyed Kaze. The food was really good and the interior was well designed and unique. It was one of our go-to restaurants on weekend nights when almost every other place in OTR had a line out the door. I think it probably suffered for a few reasons. Firstly, for its entire existance, it was at the northern edge of the Vine Street restaurant strip. This has finally changed with the redevelopment of the 1400 block of Vine Street, but it was too late to help Kaze.

 

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Secondly, I think your average Cincinnatian didn't really know what type of food they served and/or wasn't adventurous enough to try it out. Most of the other places on Vine Street can be simply explained as "the fried chicken place", "the taco place", "the barbecue place," etc. I think when Rand and Nance from Green Twp. come to OTR for their monthly date night, they're less likely to want to try a "Japanese gastropub" than one of those other options.

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Bar 1883 on the 2nd floor of Kroger OTR has $5 drafts, wine, and well drinks daily (5-7).


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Kaze was pretty good, shame to see it go - the space was really awesome (though IMO there is better ramen / japanese food at Zundo - its one of the best Japanese places I've been to outside of California). 

 

Let's hope the same doesn't happen to Quan Hapa.

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Quan Hapa is a much smaller space so it always feel pretty full and is probably cheaper to rent so I hope it stays around for a while. I think Kaze is an amazing building with the garage bar, outdoor patio it could be a really great space. 

 

Troeros, I think to some extent Hyde Park square is going through the same process as Mt. Adams where it's becoming less of a destination for outsiders and is becoming more of a true neighborhood district for just the people who live in that neighborhood. It's not as extreme as Mt. Adams because it was never as much of a going out destination, but years ago I would occasionally have to drive to Hyde Park Square for a nice dinner, and now I just go to OTR/Covington. I'm probably not the only one. 

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^ Except Dutch's and Keystone are in East Hyde Park, so they have nothing to do with the square.  Dutch's surprises me, but Keystone was kind of weird as it's a two-story building and a big outdoor space in front.  There's only one building between the two, so I wonder if someone is trying to scoop up that whole block for a redevelopment.

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That section of Hyde Park has always had a fair amount of turnover. There used to be a great Indian fusion called Cumin where Cafe Mediterranean is now, which I really miss, as there is currently no other restaurant in Cincinnati attempting to do that style of food.

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Coffee shop, bar opens in Walnut Hills

 

A new coffee shop featuring espresso drinks and a full bar is now open in Walnut Hills.

 

The Fix Coffeehouse and bar at 648 E. McMillan St. hosted its grand opening on Jan. 4. The coffeehouse was opened by husband and wife Keith and Elizabeth Coombs.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/06/coffee-shop-bar-opens-in-walnut-hills.html

 

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Covington eatery's signature dish earns high praise from 'New Yorker' critic

 

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A longtime Covington diner known for its late-night grub got a shoutout recently from New Yorker magazine.

 

In an article titled “The Best Things I’ve Eaten This Decade,” food correspondent Helen Rosner lists the G.L.T. (goetta, lettuce and tomato) at the Anchor Grill that she consumed “in a hungover stupor” as among “some really excellent sandwiches.”

 

Rosner refers to the the “alluringly grimy” Anchor, “which has been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since (as far as I am aware) the beginning of time.”

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/06/covington-eaterys-signature-dish-earns-high-praise.html

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Popular restaurant at Lunken Airport gets reprieve

 

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A historic restaurant inside Lunken Airport is expected to stay open after all, WKRC-TV reports.

 

The city of Cincinnati has reached a new lease agreement with the owner of Sky Galley. The city was going to cancel its lease with the restaurant after food safety violations were found, but an online petition that drew more than11,000 signatures caught the attention of city leaders.

 

If approved, the lease will keep the restaurant right where it is until 2024, but the decades-old diner needs some improvements.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/07/popular-restaurant-at-lunken-airport-gets-reprieve.html


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Cincinnati eatery makes Vogue's list of 2020's most anticipated restaurants

 

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A downtown Cincinnati restaurant that has yet to open is already generating national buzz.

 

Khora, a pasta-driven concept set to open this spring in the Kinley Hotel, 37 W. Seventh St., is on Vogue’s list of “2020’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings."

 

A pair of acclaimed Louisville chefs, Ed Lee and Kevin Ashworth, are behind the concept. It’s the only restaurant in Ohio to make the list, which was dominated by restaurants from New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

 

Ashworth is a Cincinnati native who graduated from Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He started in Louisville as a line cook and sous chef at Lee's 610 Magnolia. In 2014, Lee appointed him opening chef for Louisville's MilkWood, which was named a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant later that year.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/07/cincinnati-eatery-makes-vogues-list-of-2020smost.html


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Kroger opens second full-service Kitchen 1883 restaurant

 

Kroger Co. has opened its second full-service Kitchen 1883 restaurant in Greater Cincinnati after a couple of delays.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/07/kroger-opens-second-full-service-kitchen-1883.html


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Look inside Tom & Chee's first new prototype restaurant after acquisition by Gold Star

 

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Fast-casual soup and sandwich eatery Tom & Chee is unveiling its new prototype restaurant design – and the first new location since its 2017 acquisition by Gold Star Chili – in Anderson Township this weekend, which will influence all new locations going forward.

 

Tom & Chee, located at 7578 Beechmont Ave. in the Anderson Towne Center, opens to the public 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11. The store, the first new company-owned location since its acquisition by GSR Brands, the parent company of Gold Star and Tom & Chee, serves as a prototype for both the look and feel and menu of new Tom & Chee locations. Flip through the photos for a look inside.

 

"We have completely revamped the interior space of Tom & Chee from the previous generation," CEO Roger David told me. "It's a little more sophisticated. It really lines up with the type of food we offer."

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/07/look-inside-tom-chees-first-new-prototype.html


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First eatery by new Covington restaurant group opens

 

A new Covington restaurant group formed by two prominent local chefs shut down the old Biscuits to Burgers in the RiverCenter at the end of last year. Four days later, they reopened a new concept in that space.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/10/first-eatery-by-new-covington-restaurant-group.html

 

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Look inside Pepp & Dolores, the newest Thunderdome restaurant

 

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The newest venue by the Thunderdome Restaurant Group is a love letter to the founders' Italian family. Come take a look inside.

 

Pepp & Dolores opened Dec. 17 at 1501 Race St., and the founding Lanni brothers – Joe and John – and their partner Alex Blust have been putting the finishing touches on the Italian eatery. Flip through the photos for a look inside.

 

Thunderdome also operates Currito, Bakersfield, the Eagle, CityBird, Krueger’s Tavern, Maplewood, Kaze and SoHi. Pepp & Dolores was named for the Lannis' grandparents Guiseppe, or “Peppe,” and Addolorata, or “Dolores.” The couple emigrated to the United States (by way of Canada) from their home in the south of Italy in 1955.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/10/look-inside-pepp-dolores-the-newest-thunderdome.html


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Oh no @taestell & @JYP

 

West Side icon seized by IRS, set for auction

 

An institution on Cincinnati’s West Side has been seized by the Internal Revenue Service and is set to go up for auction next week.

 

The Farm, a banquet hall and event center at 239 Anderson Ferry Road in Delhi Township, has been owned by the Elsaesser family for more than 70 years. Current owner Daniel Elsaesser said the event center currently owes about $126,000 in payroll taxes, which resulted in the seizure of the property.

 

He said the company is continuing to operate despite the scheduled auction of the property that begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 22.

 

Elsaesser said The Farm has operated as an honest business for its existence and has filed all of its tax forms on time.

 

“The local IRS agents have been very nice, but they have to follow the rules from Washington,” he told me. “There’s no way they could lose money on it by giving us more time.”

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/13/west-side-icon-seized-by-irs-set-for-auction.html

 

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Lunch spot Burrito Joe is closing Downtown... interesting enough, on the city beat article that was posted on Facebook the owner of the super popular Mexican place "Tortilla Garcia" asked if anyone knew the owner of the building and expressed interest in having a new location downtown. 

 

First mazunte and now potentially Tortilla Garcia? O dios Mio.

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32 minutes ago, troeros said:

Lunch spot Burrito Joe is closing Downtown... interesting enough, on the city beat article that was posted on Facebook the owner of the super popular Mexican place "Tortilla Garcia" asked if anyone knew the owner of the building and expressed interest in having a new location downtown. 

 

First mazunte and now potentially Tortilla Garcia? O dios Mio.

Do you mean "Tortilleria Garcia", that has locations in College Hill and Springdale? https://tortilleriagarcia.us/

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Mount Adams event center with panoramic views opens for fine-dining popups every Monday

 

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Mount Adams' former Celestial Steakhouse was converted into an event space last year, but the public can now take in its panoramic views of downtown Cincinnati over a meal again.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/14/mount-adams-event-center-with-panoramic-views.html


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Longtime chef of upscale Milford restaurant to open diner down the street

 

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The longtime chef of an award-winning Milford restaurant and his brother are set to open their own eatery next week.

 

Paul Barraco, executive chef for the past 12 years at 20 Brix, 101 Main St., and Neil Barraco are opening the Governor, just blocks away at 231 Main St., on Jan. 21.

 

Paul Barraco will take the culinary helm at the Governor but remain as a corporate chef and trainer at 20 Brix and its sister restaurant Padrino’s, also located on Main Street, where Neil serves as general manager and Paul has been executive chef for 10 years.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/14/longtime-chef-of-upscale-milford-restaurant-to.html


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Boom Box Buns, which currently operates a late night window on Woodward Street, announced that they will open a permanent location in the former Picnic & Pantry space at 14th & Republic:

 

 

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Excited for them, but I think they'll do a fraction of the business at that location. Their current location off of Main is perfect.

 

It sounds like they might be looking at expanded options, but it would be nice if they could keep their current location running, too.

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4 minutes ago, ryanlammi said:

Excited for them, but I think they'll do a fraction of the business at that location. Their current location off of Main is perfect.

 

It sounds like they might be looking at expanded options, but it would be nice if they could keep their current location running, too.

 

Customer aquisition. Location always play a role for a business to be successful, but the aquisition of the customer via social media is just as vital. They have done an excellent job on exposing their brand through social media, creating "boom box stickers", etc. 

 

The thing about their off the beaten path location on main was that you typically didn't know it was their unless you found out through Instagram/Facebook. The guy who makes the buns isn't even their every weekend selling them...so I think that just really highlights how important social media is with driving sales and customer aquisition. 

 

I think this location will be fairly successful as long as they keep consistent hours, expand their menu a bit, and hopefully target late night folks who want to eat after drinking. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, troeros said:

 

Customer aquisition. Location always play a role for a business to be successful, but the aquisition of the customer via social media is just as vital. They have done an excellent job on exposing their brand through social media, creating "boom box stickers", etc. 

 

The thing about their off the beaten path location on main was that you typically didn't know it was their unless you found out through Instagram/Facebook. The guy who makes the buns isn't even their every weekend selling them...so I think that just really highlights how important social media is with driving sales and customer aquisition. 

 

I think this location will be fairly successful as long as they keep consistent hours, expand their menu a bit, and hopefully target late night folks who want to eat after drinking. 


The magic of their current space is that it's so close to all of the bars on Main Street, and so accessible. The area around Race/Elm/Vine is more of a restaurant district, not a bar district. It doesn't have that built-in audience that Main Street has. It's why Goodfellas does so well on Main Street. If it was on Republic, they would probably do less than half their current weekend business IMO.

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