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Just now, ryanlammi said:


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.

 

The new night club, "Ghost Baby" will open soon a few blocks down off on republic/Vine. The Jazz Bar will open in the Behlen Vine Street building in the spring, standard otr (a craft beer shop/tap room bar) will open a few blocks away on 15th and race. Bar Bar OTR by the Queen City Radio folks will open soon as well on race. I have a feeling they will ultimately be fine...but I do wonder if the recently renovated Columbia Building commercial space off of Walnut would have been better to some degree. 

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1 hour ago, taestell said:

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:

 

 

 

I just wanted to add that I hope this building can finally have a long term tenant. It's a really strong spot that has a turn over for tenants. Picnic and Pantry was a nice little bodega type of store, and the Indian place was decent but really confusing. Hopefully boom box can stay longer than a handful of years. 

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Peek inside Kroger’s newest Kitchen 1883 restaurant

 

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Walk in to Kroger Co.’s new Kitchen 1883 restaurant in Anderson Township and it feels dramatically different from the supermarket giant’s other full-service Kitchen 1883 location in Union, near Florence.

 

Huge windows on two sides bathe the space in light. The dining area has a more open feel and the bar is separated from the dining area and the open kitchen.

 

Yet many things are remarkably similar as downtown Cincinnati-based Kroger (NYSE: KR) launches its second full-service standalone Kitchen 1883 restaurant (it also has a location in the food hall of its downtown store that features walk-up ordering, self-seating and a limited menu). The menu is exactly the same as the Union location, for now anyway. So are the prices. It aims to provide customers that same sense of comfort food done well.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/17/peek-inside-kroger-s-newest-kitchen-1883.html


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OTR popup serving Asian buns opening brick-and-mortar

 

An Over-the-Rhine popup serving Asian bao buns out of a weekend walk-up window will soon have a permanent space near Washington Park.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/17/otr-popup-serving-asian-buns-opening-brick-and.html

 

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2 minutes ago, ColDayMan said:

OTR popup serving Asian buns opening brick-and-mortar

 

An Over-the-Rhine popup serving Asian bao buns out of a weekend walk-up window will soon have a permanent space near Washington Park.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/17/otr-popup-serving-asian-buns-opening-brick-and.html

 

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Article mentions Late Fed/Early March Opening Date...Tuesday to Saturday, will be open till 9 or 10pm, they haven't decided yet. 

 

Slightly disappointing that once again very few food entrepreneurs capitalize the late night bar crowd on weekends...I mean goodfellas line often stretches out the door for a block around 2:00am. Clearly there is demand for food after drinking, so why don't more otr dining options capitalize on this? 

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29 minutes ago, troeros said:

Clearly there is demand for food after drinking, so why don't more otr dining options capitalize on this? 


It depends on the place. Their new location - as I said earlier - isn't in Main Street, so the drunk crowd isn't going to walk all the way over to get Boom Box unless they really want that specific place. They'll just go to Goodfellas.

 

Also, the place across the street from Goodfellas did late night food (including some really good, cheap coneys!) and people decided to wait in line at Goodfellas instead. It's still a tough business.

You also have to consider the additional expenses cleaning up after the drunks who are more likely to cause problems at 2am than they would at 10pm.

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Downtown chicken restaurant to close

 

A fast casual downtown restaurant that specializes in high-quality chicken dishes and is known for its sandwich is closing its doors.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/17/downtown-chicken-restaurant-to-close.html

 

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Really sad news for the Cincinnati restaurant industry, way too young:

 

Paul Neumann, proprietor of Pendleton's Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, dies at 35

 

Paul J. "PJ" Neumann, a longtime fixture of the Cincinnati hospitality industry and the proprietor of Pendleton's Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, died on Jan. 18. He was 35 years old.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/21/pj-neumann-proprietor-of-pendletons-boomtown.html?iana=hpmvp_cinci_news_headline

 

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On 1/17/2020 at 4:47 PM, ColDayMan said:

Downtown chicken restaurant to close

 

A fast casual downtown restaurant that specializes in high-quality chicken dishes and is known for its sandwich is closing its doors.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/17/downtown-chicken-restaurant-to-close.html

 

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Well, it's looking like CityBird will be the only restaurant from the chicken tender wave that survives. What's more surprising is that all of the burger joints that opened in the 2015 burger wave have survived—Americano, Bru, BurgerFi, and Nation. And while Krueger's technically opened in December 2014, I think 2015 was the year that they redid their menu to focus on burgers.

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10 minutes ago, taestell said:

 

Well, it's looking like CityBird will be the only restaurant from the chicken tender wave that survives. What's more surprising is that all of the burger joints that opened in the 2015 burger wave have survived—Americano, Bru, BurgerFi, and Nation. And while Krueger's technically opened in December 2014, I think 2015 was the year that they redid their menu to focus on burgers.

 

They were just ahead of their time at that location. If they had waited a couple years it would've been super successful. Really good chicken.

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28 minutes ago, DEPACincy said:

They were just ahead of their time at that location. If they had waited a couple years it would've been super successful. Really good chicken.

 

I think the northeast quadrant of downtown is still a tough location for a fast casual / lunch-oriented restaurant. While there are lots of new apartment buildings in this corner of downtown, there's isn't a high concentration of office workers (compared to other parts of the CBD). I don't see the situation really improving until a new office building is built on the Joseph lot or the jail is relocated and that real estate is redeveloped—both of which are long shots currently.

 

In the mean time, it would be great for this corner of downtown to get more restaurants/cafes/bars that are open later and cater to the residents of The Renaissance, Sycamore Place, Seven at Broadway, Encore, and Crane Factory Flats, and guests at the Holiday Inn. Arnold's and Crown Republic seem to be doing really well with all of the added residential population. Cheapside is only open to 3 p.m. during the week but they have been having occasional dinner pop-ups, and I think they would do well if they added permanent evening hours.

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1 hour ago, taestell said:

Well, it's looking like CityBird will be the only restaurant from the chicken tender wave that survives.

 

Also, there's Joella's at the Banks and Fiery Hen on Court Street. Both specialize in Nashville Hot Chicken but both have normal fried chicken versions.

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1 hour ago, ucgrady said:

Really sad news for the Cincinnati restaurant industry, way too young:

 

Paul Neumann, proprietor of Pendleton's Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, dies at 35

 

Paul J. "PJ" Neumann, a longtime fixture of the Cincinnati hospitality industry and the proprietor of Pendleton's Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, died on Jan. 18. He was 35 years old.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/21/pj-neumann-proprietor-of-pendletons-boomtown.html?iana=hpmvp_cinci_news_headline

 

 

He was one of two people involved in the Pendleton restaurant industry that passed away in the past few days. The news articles and social media posts aren't providing a lot of information about what happened in either case, but I haven't seen anything that leads me to believe they are connected in any way.

 

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Cincinnati Mourns the Death of Two Pendleton Restaurant Industry Members

 

Hearts are aching across the Queen City after two devoted Pendleton restaurant industry members passed away this past week. 

 

PJ Neumann, proprietor of Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey and former member of Nation Kitchen & Bar, and Mike Bold, server and bartender at Nation Kitchen & Bar, died just days apart. 

 

 

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Yeah pretty much everyone who is a lifer in the restaurant business is an alcoholic and/or druggie.  If you aren't those people gang up on you. 

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Anonymous donor saves West Side icon

 

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A West Side institution that had been scheduled for auction this week has been saved.

 

Daniel Elsaesser, owner of The Farm banquet hall and event center in Delhi Township, announced Tuesday that an anonymous donor has provided enough money to pay back the taxes that the business owed to the Internal Revenue Service, Local 12 reports.

 

The Farm, located at 239 Anderson Ferry Road, had been seized by the IRS due to debt of about $126,000 in payroll taxes. The business had continued to operate despite a planned auction of the property that had been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/22/anonymous-donor-saves-west-side-icon.html


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36 minutes ago, ColDayMan said:

Yay???

Anonymous donor saves West Side icon

 

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A West Side institution that had been scheduled for auction this week has been saved.

 

Daniel Elsaesser, owner of The Farm banquet hall and event center in Delhi Township, announced Tuesday that an anonymous donor has provided enough money to pay back the taxes that the business owed to the Internal Revenue Service, Local 12 reports.

 

The Farm, located at 239 Anderson Ferry Road, had been seized by the IRS due to debt of about $126,000 in payroll taxes. The business had continued to operate despite a planned auction of the property that had been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/22/anonymous-donor-saves-west-side-icon.html

 

The iconic L shaped buffet lives to serve fried chicken another day!!


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4 minutes ago, JYP said:

 

The iconic L shaped buffet lives to serve fried chicken another day!!

 

Don't forget the hot dogs on tooth picks.  

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Cincinnati native returns to open Italian restaurant in Loveland

 

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One of two restaurants coming to downtown Loveland is an Italian restaurant from a Cincinnatian who is moving back from the West Coast.

 

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On 1/22/2020 at 3:36 PM, ColDayMan said:

Yay???

Anonymous donor saves West Side icon

 

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A West Side institution that had been scheduled for auction this week has been saved.

 

Daniel Elsaesser, owner of The Farm banquet hall and event center in Delhi Township, announced Tuesday that an anonymous donor has provided enough money to pay back the taxes that the business owed to the Internal Revenue Service, Local 12 reports.

 

The Farm, located at 239 Anderson Ferry Road, had been seized by the IRS due to debt of about $126,000 in payroll taxes. The business had continued to operate despite a planned auction of the property that had been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/22/anonymous-donor-saves-west-side-icon.html


This dude has hundreds of tax liens going back to 2004. Any bets he still finds ways to not pay his taxes? I’m not sure this anonymous donor did him any favors.  Just end it already. 

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1 hour ago, TheCOV said:


This dude has hundreds of tax liens going back to 2004. Any bets he still finds ways to not pay his taxes? I’m not sure this anonymous donor did him any favors.  Just end it already. 

 

The whole thing sounds shady.  An anonymous donor?  Sure it wasn't John Barron? 

 

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/trumps-history-of-lying-from-john-barron-to-realdonaldtrump

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Doughnut shop opens near Hyde Park Square

 

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A hippie-themed confectionary specializing in tiny cake donuts topped with just about anything you can imagine is coming to Hyde Park in March.

 

Peace Love and Little Donuts is coming to Hyde Park in March.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/24/exclusive-doughnut-shop-opens-near-hyde-park.html


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CityBird sets opening for NKY location

 

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Over-the-Rhine-born CityBird, a fast-casual chicken tender concept from the Thunderdome Restaurant Group, has set the opening date for its newest location.

 

CityBird opens in the Crestview Hills Town Center in Northern Kentucky on Jan. 29. The chicken tender concept is the offspring of Thunderdome's wildly popular Eagle Beer + Food Hall concept.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/24/citybird-sets-opening-for-nky-location.html


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Cincinnati coffee company opening downtown location

 

A Cincinnati-based coffee company is opening a shop in the Central Business District.

 

Deeper Roots Coffee has signed a five-year lease for 1,500 square feet of space at 338 W. Fourth St. in the Historic West Fourth District. Les Stoneham, co-owner of Deeper Roots, said the company has long had an eye on this corner of downtown.

 

“After meeting with the Loring Group folks and hearing their plans and what other folks have envisioned for what West Fourth can be, we enjoyed the idea of being part of that,” Stoneham told me.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/27/cincinnati-coffee-company-opening-downtown.html

 

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Opening date for new Westwood restaurant set

 

WESTWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) - An opening date is set for a new restaurant that will take over an old bank building in Westwood.

The owners plan to open Ivory House on April 9. The food and atmosphere are described as casual American with a modern twist.

 

https://local12.com/news/local/opening-date-for-new-westwood-restaurant-set-cincinnati?fbclid=IwAR2gWPV4gj943KZAd-6vkK4xzEf_r5RAulfKIC1I8RHHBS6f0Yvn3FnesTE

 

Really looking forward to this one and what it (and Nation) will do to improve Westwood.

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2 hours ago, LAW 21 said:

Opening date for new Westwood restaurant set

 

WESTWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) - An opening date is set for a new restaurant that will take over an old bank building in Westwood.

The owners plan to open Ivory House on April 9. The food and atmosphere are described as casual American with a modern twist.

 

https://local12.com/news/local/opening-date-for-new-westwood-restaurant-set-cincinnati?fbclid=IwAR2gWPV4gj943KZAd-6vkK4xzEf_r5RAulfKIC1I8RHHBS6f0Yvn3FnesTE

 

Really looking forward to this one and what it (and Nation) will do to improve Westwood.

It’s gonna launch the next ring of investment. Homes along the Epworth Ave spine in the Town Hall area are going for solid prices. 
Along with Westwood having Montessori education from k-12 available, these new restaurants really help bring amenities that  create stability. 
April 9 is just a working date. There’s a long way to go to get to opening a new restaurant. Much of it isn’t in their control.

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West Side developers to open upscale restaurant

 

The owners of a West Side real estate development group are opening an upscale restaurant in Westwood.

 

Frank Eversole and Rick Pouliot, owners of EP Investments, are better known for redeveloping historic homes on Cincinnati's West Side. But for their latest venture, the couple is opening the Ivory House restaurant at 2998 Harrison Ave. The goal is to open in early April.

 

"We live in the West Side, we're westsiders and we love it and the neighborhood has been our focus for the last 10 years," Eversole told me. "There's a lot of movement for new restaurants, and for us selling properties and houses, we know we need nicer restaurants so people can stay and eat and play in their own community."

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/04/west-side-developers-to-open-upscale-restaurant.html

 

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On 1/21/2020 at 12:36 PM, jmecklenborg said:

Yeah pretty much everyone who is a lifer in the restaurant business is an alcoholic and/or druggie.  If you aren't those people gang up on you. 

 

Taste of Belgium owner Jean-François Flechet just discussed this on the Enquirer's podcast:

 

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How Cincinnati's Taste of Belgium owner Jean-François Flechet is fighting alcohol and drug addiction culture in restaurant industry

 

The Taste of Belgium owner wrote an impassioned Facebook post about the industry's struggles after two top employees at separate restaurants in Pendleton died this month.

 

It's not yet known what the men died of, but it sparked an online conversation about restaurant culture. Flechet sat down with The Enquirer's That's So Cincinnati podcast this week to talk more in-depth about the issue.

 

"The industry is still afflicted by a lot of addiction, a lot of unhealthy behavior," Flechet said. "There is really no other industry where it would be acceptable to drink at work, to have a shot while you're working, to show up hungover. These are things I do not tolerate at Taste of Belgium, but it's widely accepted at other places."  

 

 

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Here’s when Graeter’s will reopen Fountain Square parlor

 

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Graeter’s ice cream is set to reopen its Fountain Square location after a five-month expansion project.

 

Graeter’s, at 511 Walnut St., has been closed since Labor Day for an upgrade and store redesign. The parlor will hold a grand reopening at 11 a.m. Feb. 14, Valentine's Day.

 

Chip Graeter, the company's chief of retail operations, told the Business Courier last year that the renovation would run in the high six figures.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/10/here-s-when-graeter-s-will-reopen-fountain-square.html


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Long-awaited West Side bar and restaurant sets opening date

 

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A long-awaited restaurant and bar planned for the heart of Westwood has set an opening date.

 

Nation Kitchen + Bar, which was one of the first restaurants in Pendleton's now-bustling dining entertainment corridor, has revealed that it plans to open its Westwood location by July.

 

Nation Kitchen + Bar is owned by Hickory Wald Group, which also Rhinehaus in Over-the-Rhine, the Hannaford in Covington and 3 Points Urban Brewery in Pendleton. The group first announced plans for the second location in June 2018.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/10/long-awaited-west-side-bar-and-restaurant-sets.html


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1 hour ago, ColDayMan said:

Long-awaited West Side bar and restaurant sets opening date

 

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A long-awaited restaurant and bar planned for the heart of Westwood has set an opening date.

 

Nation Kitchen + Bar, which was one of the first restaurants in Pendleton's now-bustling dining entertainment corridor, has revealed that it plans to open its Westwood location by July.

 

Nation Kitchen + Bar is owned by Hickory Wald Group, which also Rhinehaus in Over-the-Rhine, the Hannaford in Covington and 3 Points Urban Brewery in Pendleton. The group first announced plans for the second location in June 2018.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/10/long-awaited-west-side-bar-and-restaurant-sets.html

Good to see a local continue to grow locally. I can't imagine the red tape involved with getting a hold of this property, but I'm glad they hung in there!

Nation, Ivory House, and Wondercade all open this summer in Westwood.....wow!!

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Popular downtown Vietnamese restaurant to close

 

A popular downtown Vietnamese restaurant from a family that has operated eateries in the region since the 1990s is closing its doors at the end of the month.

 

Le's Pho and Sandwiches at 3 E. Court St. will be closing its doors Feb. 29. Despite being at the peak of its popularity, the owners of Le's said it's just time to call it quits.

 

Huyen Bui told me that her parents, Hai Bui and Le Ha, have been running restaurants in the Cincinnati area since the 1990s after their family – refugees from the Vietnam War who came to Pennsylvania in 1975 and came to Cincinnati after they were sponsored by a church in Anderson Township – opened Dragon Le in Norwood, named for Huyen Bui's mother Le Ha.

 

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Heard about it last week when I was there for lunch.  Someone placing an order asked "so when is the last day" and the whole place went silent and everyone looked up inquisitively.  Super sad because they're such sweet people and the food is excellent.  

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^really sad. I love everybody at Le's, even going back to when they were located inside the library.

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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.

 

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Also pretty unfortunate that Cincinnati is losing two excellent and inexpensive Vietnamese restaurants in the same month, Le's and Cilantro.

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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).

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/14/exclusive-longtime-local-restaurateur-plans.html

 

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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.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/14/exclusive-restaurateur-buys-former-enoteca-emilia.html

 

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Mahogany’s owner opens new restaurant

 

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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.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/17/mahogany-s-owner-opens-new-restaurant.html


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Greater Cincinnati restaurant with five decades of history reopens

 

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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.

 

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On 2/11/2020 at 5:00 PM, ColDayMan said:

Popular downtown Vietnamese restaurant to close

 

A popular downtown Vietnamese restaurant from a family that has operated eateries in the region since the 1990s is closing its doors at the end of the month.

 

Le's Pho and Sandwiches at 3 E. Court St. will be closing its doors Feb. 29. Despite being at the peak of its popularity, the owners of Le's said it's just time to call it quits.

 

Huyen Bui told me that her parents, Hai Bui and Le Ha, have been running restaurants in the Cincinnati area since the 1990s after their family – refugees from the Vietnam War who came to Pennsylvania in 1975 and came to Cincinnati after they were sponsored by a church in Anderson Township – opened Dragon Le in Norwood, named for Huyen Bui's mother Le Ha.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/11/exclusive-popular-downtown-vietnamese-restaurant.html

 

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I somehow missed this news when it first came out and just had lunch there today and heard it was closing at the end of the month. I love Le's and will be very sad to see them go. I feel like the Court Street makeover was really banking on having anchors like Le's and Bridges on the opposite end to help give it a certain vibe. Hopefully something else moves in that is just as authentic because that's what will help distinguish Court street from OTR; smaller, less polished (and less expensive) diverse food options. 

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Imagination Alley - does it deserve its own thread?

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/21/3cdc-restaurateur-file-dueling-lawsuits-over.html?iana=hpmvp_cinci_news_headline

 

 

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Loreto's countersuit claimed that Cintrifuse Landlord and 3CDC promised to make its best efforts to obtain approval to purchase the land adjoining the restaurant space, now a public park called Imagination Alley, and use it to construct an outdoor bar and patio for the restaurant. The countersuit claims that the outdoor patio was "absolutely necessary for its success."

 

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Restaurant opening in downtown's City Club Apartments

 

A restaurant inspired by the beach communities of Europe is coming to the ground floor of the City Club Apartments downtown this spring.

 

The Bathhouse, a wellness cafe inside of the City Club Apartments at 309 Vine St., is set to open this spring as the first portion of the Mercato Fabbrica, a culinary destination displayed in marketplace or department store style.

 

The larger Mercato Fabbrica will occupy 10,500 square feet and is set to open this fall. The Bathhouse will take up 850 square feet of that and offer different menus throughout the day, as well as an herbology-based beverage program.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/24/restaurant-opening-in-downtowns-city-club.html

 

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Cincinnati-born pizzeria expands to third location

 

A Cincinnati-born pizzeria, which started life as a food truck before opening its first location inside of MadTree Brewing, is opening a third outpost in a Queen City suburb.

 

Catch-a-Fire Pizza plans to open a third location – its second freestanding brick-and-mortar restaurant – in downtown Lebanon on North Broadway Street as early as spring 2021.

 

"We have deep roots in Lebanon. My family is from Lebanon, and many of my relatives still live there, so we feel very connected," owner Jeff Ledford said in a news release.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/25/cincinnati-born-pizzeria-expands-to-third-location.html


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Downtown's E+O sets official opening date

 

The sister restaurant to Hyde Park's E+O Kitchen is officially opening its doors downtown.

 

E+O New Asian officially opens to the public in the former Ivy Lounge space at 645 Walnut St. on Feb. 25. The restaurant has been taking reservations online since Feb. 20.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/25/downtowns-e-o-sets-official-opening-date.html

 

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My friends and I have been talking about this for like 8 or 9 years.

 

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They're working on a price point. Cornwell hopes to be able to offer a 5-way for under $10. 

 

Prices seem a little steep, though. That's close to 50% higher than current prices at Skyline.

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Ugh...

Northern Kentucky getting its first cat cafe

 

A native of Northern Kentucky is returning home to open the area's first cat cafe.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/03/04/northern-kentucky-getting-its-first-cat-cafe.html

 

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Tiny doughnut shop now open off Hyde Park Square

 

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A hippie-themed bakery specializing in tiny doughnuts with creative toppings is now open off of Hyde Park Square.

 

Peace, Love and Little Donuts opened its first Cincinnati location at 3440 Edwards Road, just off of Hyde Park Square on March 2. The shop was owned by wife-and-husband Susan Robinson and Kyle Robinson.

 

The bakery, which specializes in creatively topped tiny doughnuts, was founded by Ron and Marci Razete in Pittsburgh in 2009. All of its cake doughnuts are made to order, cooked fresh for each customer and never inside of a glass case.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/03/04/tiny-doughnut-shop-now-open-off-hyde-park-square.html


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34 minutes ago, ColDayMan said:

Ugh...

Northern Kentucky getting its first cat cafe

 

A native of Northern Kentucky is returning home to open the area's first cat cafe.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/03/04/northern-kentucky-getting-its-first-cat-cafe.html

 

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Not a fan of cat cafes then? I understand the sanitary concerns, but still...

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