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41 minutes ago, mcmicken said:

 

The Gold Star Chili at Race and Elder was open at least until 1998: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/2019/08/27/food-and-wine-gold-star-ohio-best-fast-food-cincinnati-chili/2131249001/ 

 

There seems to be more of this type of false history promotion lately, the new jazz bar on Vine St is claiming it is bringing back jazz to Over-the-Rhine when Schwartz's Point has been here for decades.

 

To be fair, it may have been the first NEW chili parlor to open in 40 years. That doesn't mean there wasn't a chili parlor in operation for 20 of those years.

EDIT: There was also a place called The Royal that primarily served coneys and sandwiches at the corner of Main and 12th where Wodka Bar is now. Would you call it a chili parlor? Maybe not. But that's debatable.

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1 hour ago, ryanlammi said:

 

To be fair, it may have been the first NEW chili parlor to open in 40 years. That doesn't mean there wasn't a chili parlor in operation for 20 of those years.

EDIT: There was also a place called The Royal that primarily served coneys and sandwiches at the corner of Main and 12th where Wodka Bar is now. Would you call it a chili parlor? Maybe not. But that's debatable.

 

I got sandwiches from The Royal a few times... it never crossed my mind that it would be considered a chili parlor. I don't mean that as a criticism (I liked their food!)... just didn't seem like chili was ever their focus. 

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IIRC, The Royal had a dual concept. They were open for lunch on weekdays with a menu mostly consisting of sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls (I don't remember seeing chili or coneys on that menu). On Friday and Saturday nights they would open as a late night drunk food spot with a different menu featuring Cincinnati chili.

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Thunderdome opens newest restaurant on the East Side

 

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The Thunderdome Restaurant Group is unveiling its newest restaurant location in Anderson Township.

 

Thunderdome, the group behind restaurants like the Eagle, Krueger's Tavern, Pepp & Dolores and Currito, opened the newest location of its fast-casual chicken concept CityBird in Anderson Township at 7893 Beechmont Ave. on May 20. It marks the fourth location of that concept, which was born as an outgrowth of the Eagle, which specializes in fried chicken.

 

While the original Over-the-Rhine CityBird served primarily as a carryout location even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the Anderson Township location is the first with a drive-thru to serve customers.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/05/20/heres-when-thunderdomes-newest-restaurant-opens.html


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A Russian bot is spreading discord...somebody threw a rock through one Adriatico's window.  Nobody got inside.  Same with Mr. Tuxedo...flesh wound but no penetration.

 

 

 

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Somebody who works at Salazar alerted the Twitter mob of Cranley's presence.  The crowd came over and harassed the mayor.  Somebody at the mayor's table got up and hit the cameraman:

 

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The staff at Adriatico's walked out and the GM resigned this morning over how the CARES Act funding was applied to payroll.  It's possible that the restaurant won't be open for a few days.  

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On 6/8/2020 at 10:51 AM, jmecklenborg said:

The staff at Adriatico's walked out and the GM resigned this morning over how the CARES Act funding was applied to payroll.  It's possible that the restaurant won't be open for a few days.  

 

I wonder what went on. Some businesses had a tendency to spend a ton of money early on with it not realizing that the "spend it in only 2 months" rule would go out the window.

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Taste of Belgium opening first NKY location, now hiring

 

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Taste of Belgium is set to open its first Northern Kentucky location and is now hiring.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/13/taste-of-belgium-now-hiring-for-first-nky-location.html

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This was shared in the OTR thread a week or two ago, but it's now official, A Tavola is done (for now, at least):

 

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"After nine years, it is with a heavy heart we have decided to temporarily close our doors at this location," the restaurant wrote on Facebook.

 

"Over the past three months we have worked hard to keep our doors open for both our team and for the neighborhood, however, after continued hard work and dedication from our team, we needed some time to reset. We do not have a time frame for reopening."

 

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Goodfellas preps for Pleasant Ridge opening; here's what to expect

 

Goodfellas is set to open its second Cincinnati pizzeria, but it will hold some new surprises for people familiar only with the Over-the-Rhine location.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/16/what-to-expect-when-goodfellas-opens.html

 

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Upscale West Side restaurant adds chef as it prepares to open

 

A forthcoming upscale West Side restaurant has a new team in charge of the kitchen as it gears up to open next month.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/17/upscale-west-side-restaurant-adds-chef-as-it-prepa.html

 

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Business serving alcohol-filled slushies to open in Greater Cincinnati

 

A new business specializing in craft slushies for adults and children is opening soon at a mixed-use complex in Greater Cincinnati.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/18/frost-factory-to-offer-alcoholic-slushies.html

 

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Does anybody have good examples of restaurants, bars, breweries, etc. that are doing an exceptionally good job with social distancing and hygiene practices? Here are a few that I have seen:

  • 50 West (brewery + burgers) -- Very good outdoor setup, tons of space between tables. Customers must go up to the bar to order food and drinks.
  • Arnolds (bar + restaurant) -- Only doing outdoor seating on the street and in their courtyard. Lots of space between tables.
  • Big Ash (brewery) -- I haven't been myself, but based on pictures I've seen, they have turned a large section of their parking lot into a biergarten with tons of space to spread out. They did have an employee test positive for Covid-19 and temporarily closed the place, but have now reopened.
  • Rosedale OTR (bar) -- After getting bad publicity when they first reopened, they changed their practices and are doing a really good job now. They switched to a table service model for now, with guests asked to remain seated except to go to the bathroom.
  • Queen City Radio (bar) -- I haven't been since reopening, but they have a very large outdoor seating area.

Any others?

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Nine Giant has done very good, IMO. For awhile they had online pick up only. They would text you when it was ready and you would walk and your to go bag would be on a table with your name on it. Now, they make you wait before being seated and have a huge thing of hand sanitizer where you wait. They spread out the tables inside and added a back patio and all the employees are wearing masks. 

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I think that we could see the restaurant tents on the east/west streets in OTR become a seasonal feature in future years (i.e. from Memorial Day to Labor Day).  The opposition, I suspect, would come from restaurants on Vine or other north/south streets that wouldn't be able to do the same, at least not on the same scale. 

 

Also, the north/south streets are in a harsh sunlight for much of the day, whereas the east/west streets tend to be in a complete shadow.  Yes, a tent or umbrella puts you in the shade, but it's not the same

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Hyde Park staple Dutch's to reopen this summer under new owner

 

Dutch's, a Hyde Park institution that closed at the beginning of this year, will reopen this summer under new ownership, and it's a familiar face for Cincinnati's culinary scene.

 

Dutch's at 3378 Erie Ave. is now under the ownership of Chef Brad Bernstein, chef-owner of Oakley's Red Feather Kitchen and Postmark in Clifton, who hopes to reopen it with a new focus in August.

 

Dutch's has been a Hyde Park institution since it opened as a pony keg – a shop for purchasing beer to-go – in 1947. It was most recently purchased by Jay Ashmore in 2007, who expanded it into the neighboring building to open a bar in 2010. It was again expanded into Dutch's Larder, offering upscale eats and high-quality charcuterie, in 2012.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/19/dutchs-larder-to-reopen-under-new-owner.html

 

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They just remodeled a ton of them to look like coffee shops inside full of high tops and burnt sienna and now it's back to how they still looked in 2014.

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The pony in otr on main street has shut down due to covid. Their Facebook post makes it seem temporary until conditions improve in Hamilton County. 

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Rhinegeist asked all of their employees to get tested for Covid, and 2 tested positive. They will be closing to do a deep cleaning and will reopen on Thursday.

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Sugar n' Spice sets opening for OTR location; here's a first look inside

 

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The iconic diner building on Sycamore Street in Over-the-Rhine will get a breath of new life when Sugar n' Spice opens its doors inside of it next month.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/24/sugar-n-spice-sets-opening-date.html

 

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^and the article says they're working on getting a liquor license... which might mean they'll expand to evening/night hours. 

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Lao restaurant opens in Kenwood

 

A chef with a history in Cincinnati's restaurant scene is jumping back into the industry with a Lao restaurant that's now open in Kenwood.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/26/exclusive-lao-restaurant-opens-in-kenwood.html

 

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Hyde Park Square restaurant in former Teller's space sets opening date

 

A new restaurant and butchery on Hyde Park Square in the space that used to house Teller's will be opening its doors to the public early next month.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/29/hyde-park-square-restaurant-sets-opening-date.html

 

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On 6/18/2020 at 5:56 PM, taestell said:

Does anybody have good examples of restaurants, bars, breweries, etc. that are doing an exceptionally good job with social distancing and hygiene practices? Here are a few that I have seen:

  • 50 West (brewery + burgers) -- Very good outdoor setup, tons of space between tables. Customers must go up to the bar to order food and drinks.
  • Arnolds (bar + restaurant) -- Only doing outdoor seating on the street and in their courtyard. Lots of space between tables.
  • Big Ash (brewery) -- I haven't been myself, but based on pictures I've seen, they have turned a large section of their parking lot into a biergarten with tons of space to spread out. They did have an employee test positive for Covid-19 and temporarily closed the place, but have now reopened.
  • Rosedale OTR (bar) -- After getting bad publicity when they first reopened, they changed their practices and are doing a really good job now. They switched to a table service model for now, with guests asked to remain seated except to go to the bathroom.
  • Queen City Radio (bar) -- I haven't been since reopening, but they have a very large outdoor seating area.

Any others?

Madtree for sure

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On 6/19/2020 at 9:26 PM, ColDayMan said:

Hyde Park staple Dutch's to reopen this summer under new owner

 

Dutch's, a Hyde Park institution that closed at the beginning of this year, will reopen this summer under new ownership, and it's a familiar face for Cincinnati's culinary scene.

 

Dutch's at 3378 Erie Ave. is now under the ownership of Chef Brad Bernstein, chef-owner of Oakley's Red Feather Kitchen and Postmark in Clifton, who hopes to reopen it with a new focus in August.

 

Dutch's has been a Hyde Park institution since it opened as a pony keg – a shop for purchasing beer to-go – in 1947. It was most recently purchased by Jay Ashmore in 2007, who expanded it into the neighboring building to open a bar in 2010. It was again expanded into Dutch's Larder, offering upscale eats and high-quality charcuterie, in 2012.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/19/dutchs-larder-to-reopen-under-new-owner.html

 

I had a feeling this would happen

 

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Matt the Miller’s owner wants to walk away from Cincinnati-area restaurant

 

Matt the Miller's is seeking an exit from one of its Cincinnati restaurants.

The Dublin-based restaurant brand is being sued in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas for not paying rent for its Kenwood Collection location.

Kenwood Collection Retail is looking to recover all past due rent and other charges under the 10-year lease, totaling more than $129,000, and to immediately collect all rent that will become due during the remainder of the lease term, totaling more than $2.4 million.

Craig Barnum, CLB Restaurants Holdings LLC president and managing partner, said his attorneys are working on a response to the complaint. He said he is hopeful to figure out a mutually agreeable way to exit the location.

“I hope they come to the table and work with us and move on,” Barnum told me. “Unfortunately businesses fail. We gave it our best shot there. It’s just time to move on.”

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/07/08/matt-the-millers-owner-responds-to-lawsuit.html?ana=e_ae_prem&j=90518179&t=Afternoon&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTWpCa1l6Um1ZVGxpTkRObSIsInQiOiJHb2ZVUzV0SEF4QXE4U1d6K2R1WXAzTDRzc0NqTzJFaTA4aHExckZrVmlDbDJGbXBSMUpENUJYclA5SXVNMGp3eFhaNCtnQUhUREV3K2lpY3ZXTWF3KzRLa1pXa1lTaDhmU1J1Tlo0YWlxNERjMjZ5VEdwTldiaTdBUUpqSTdvSnc2dHJuXC8xazU4OTFrN1ZuVUhMQ1FnPT0ifQ%3D%3D

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Barnum said the restaurant was losing “a lot of money” every month but was expected to pay rent every month. When Whole Foods and Envision Cinemas did open, Barnum said Kenwood Collection installed 23 tow away signs in the surface lot in front of the development. The result was patrons going to visit the movie theater parking in the parking garage beneath Kenwood Collection. Instead of walking by Matt the Miller’s on their way to the theater, they were able to access an elevator in the garage that led directly to Envision Cinemas.

 

You expect to open a restaurant in Greater Cincinnati and only succeed because you are in between the walk from the parking lot to the movie theater?

 

Is their...food...good?

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I like their food. Prices aren't super bad but you'll pay for brunch. I mostly went to the Grandview location. Pretty sure I went to the Polaris one once.

 

I wouldn't be surprised if this development is still a tough place to do business after 13 years of fits and starts.

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1 hour ago, taestell said:

 

You expect to open a restaurant in Greater Cincinnati and only succeed because you are in between the walk from the parking lot to the movie theater?

 

Is their...food...good?

 Group of us ate at the one in West Chester. Amongst the group I wouldn't say we are food snobs but we all looked at each other after dinner and were like this wasn't good at all. Nothing tasted bad but nothing stood out as memorable or oh man I gotta eat that again. 

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