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Imagine if '90s green neon, mirror and fake marble bars never went away while Irish pubs only lasted two years instead.

 

Maybe in 2035 we'll look back fondly on circa-2015 hookah lounges. 

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Look inside Mason's new steampunk restaurant

 

A Victorian-era themed restaurant looking to bring the feel of urban dining to the suburbs is now open in Mason.

 

S.W. Clyborne Provision & Spirits is open at 5948 Snider Road in Mason. Flip through the photos for a look inside.

 

The restaurant is the latest project by Scott Schmidt's Looking Glass Hospitality Group, which opened Tahona Kitchen and Bar in Blue Ash's Summit Park.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/04/26/look-inside-masons-new-steampunk-restaurant.html

 

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Rolled ice cream shop coming to Over-the-Rhine

 

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A new ice cream shop specializing in Thai-inspired rolled ice cream that's made right in front of you is coming to Over-the-Rhine near Washington Park this summer.

 

Simply Rolled Ice Cream is coming to 32 W. 12th St. between Race and Vine streets in Over-the-Rhine, but an official opening date has not yet been set.

 

Simply Rolled is being opened by husband and wife Eric and Katie Shaw. The ice cream shop is an extension of a brand started in Columbus by their cousins.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/04/27/exclusive-rolled-ice-cream-shop-coming-to-over-the.html


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Collective Espresso owners open bakery in Findlay Market

 

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The owners of Collective Espresso, which started serving coffee in Over-the-Rhine in 2012 and expanded to Northside in 2014, opened a pastry shop in a historic bakery location at Findlay Market.

 

Dustin Miller and Dave Hart opened Mainwood Pastry quietly at 113 W. Elder St. on April 4. They plan to host a grand opening – with free cake – over Mother's Day weekend May 11 through 13.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/04/27/collective-espresso-owners-open-bakery-in-findlay.html


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So many ice cream places in OTR now. Dojo, Graeter's, Buzzed Bull, and soon the Simply Rolled. Hope there are a lot of people with a sweet tooth.

 

Speaking of Buzzed Bull, does anyone have an idea of how they are doing? I was there once and it didn't really excite me enough to go back.

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So many ice cream places in OTR now. Dojo, Graeter's, Buzzed Bull, and soon the Simply Rolled. Hope there are a lot of people with a sweet tooth.

 

Speaking of Buzzed Bull, does anyone have an idea of how they are doing? I was there once and it didn't really excite me enough to go back.

 

Don't forget the Parlour Creamy Whip in Pendleton!

 

My wife and I go to Buzzed Bull about once a week. We never get the buzzed ice cream and get custom orders. As regular ice cream its great, as alcoholic ice cream, I've never really liked it.

 

Graeters always looks like its doing well in warm weather and Dojo has the Findlay Market crowd which sustains it.


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Even though there will soon be 5 ice cream places in OTR+Pendleton, each one is quite different and will attract a different crowd. There's one name brand premium ice cream place, one gelato place with funky flavors, one liquid nitrogen (optionally alcoholic) ice cream place, one Thai rolled ice cream place, and one creamy whip. Now if there was a Jeni's or a UDF opening next to the Graeter's, or a second gelato place opening at Findlay Market, I would be worried about their ability to all succeed.

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Here's what's coming to the massive, shuttered Crave space at the Banks

 

The owners of a downtown restaurant and nightclub are taking over the former Crave space at the Banks, which has been shuttered since 2016.

 

Peerless Culinary & Nightlife Management Group, which operates Jekyll on Fountain Square, is taking over the 8,371-square-foot space at 175 Joe Nuxhall Way that used to be occupied by Crave. Crave closed its doors in September 2016.

 

Peerless is planning a restaurant and entertainment concept over two floors and an outdoor patio that it's calling Galla Park.

 

"Galla Park stems from the word 'gala,' where everything is an event and you get dressed up and get nicer drinks and nicer food and you expect an elevated and fun atmosphere," Peerless partner Michael Mercer told me.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/04/30/exclusive-heres-whats-coming-to-the-massive.html


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A Tavola owners expand new concept with full bar, dining room

 

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The owners of A Tavola expanded their fast-casual pizza concept, Taglio, in Columbia Tusculum into the adjoining space next to their pizzeria, allowing them to expand their menu and capabilities.

 

Taglio, at 3531 Columbia Parkway, expanded into the former Sidekix Saucy Asian Grill space next door in mid-April. The move more than doubles the amount of space the restaurant – which up until now had primarily been a delivery and carry-out concept – has devoted to seating and allowed it to expand its menu and services.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/05/03/exclusive-a-tavola-owners-expand-new-concept-with.html


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New-to-Cincinnati taco restaurant opening near UC

 

A new-to-Cincinnati taco restaurant is scheduled to open later this year near the University of Cincinnati.

 

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, a Fort Worth-based restaurant that serves taco, burritos and quesadillas, has signed a long-term lease for a 4,400-square-foot space at 165 W. McMillan St. The restaurant will be part of the Verge, a 178-apartment student housing community that Gilbane Development Co. completed in August 2016.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/05/10/exclusive-new-to-cincinnati-taco-restaurant.html

 

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That's kitty-corner to Drunken Tacos, which itself is next to Chipotle. I guess it's at least not another Asian/sushi place.


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Is this the first thing to go into that development since it was built a few years ago?


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Here's what's coming to the massive, shuttered Crave space at the Banks

 

This was interesting timing with the news that Jekyll is closing it's doors after only a year after it's new name. It seems like the owners are basically moving the concept to a bigger Crave space, which doesn't give me much hope that this new Galla Park has much staying power unless the Banks is really that different of an audience than fountain square.

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Cincinnati chef plans to take over Montgomery’s Cinque space

 

Cincinnati chef Cristian Pietoso is adding a new location of one of his restaurants in the former Cinque space in Montgomery, the Enquirer reports.

 

Nicola Pietoso, Cristian’s father, has run Cinque since 2015 and has spent the past two years battling cancer. Now that he’s cancer free, he’s planning to cut back on his restaurant duties but will continue to operate Nicola’s, his original restaurant in Over-the-Rhine.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/05/14/cincinnati-chef-plans-to-take-over-montgomery-s.html


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Vietnamese fusion restaurant coming to former Sung space downtown

 

An upscale Vietnamese fusion restaurant is coming to the former Sung Korean Bistro space in downtown Cincinnati this summer.

 

Ước Lễ is coming to 700 Elm St., with the goal of opening by the end of July. That restaurant space used to house Sung Korean Bistro, which closed after 10 years in business on June 3, 2017.

 

General manager David Redmond told me the menu has not been finalized yet, but the restaurant will specialize in cuisine based on and inspired by Vietnamese tradition and techniques.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/05/14/vietnamese-fusion-restaurant-coming-to-former-sung.html


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While I love Vietnamese, can someone explain why we will now have 4 good Vietnamese restaurants in downtown / OTR (this new one plus pho lang thang, le's and Saigon) but zero good Chinese restaurants? For a midwestern city this seems like a very strange ratio, are there more Vietnamese immigrants than I realize?

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Vietnamese fusion restaurant coming to former Sung space downtown

 

An upscale Vietnamese fusion restaurant is coming to the former Sung Korean Bistro space in downtown Cincinnati this summer.

 

Ước Lễ is coming to 700 Elm St., with the goal of opening by the end of July. That restaurant space used to house Sung Korean Bistro, which closed after 10 years in business on June 3, 2017.

 

General manager David Redmond told me the menu has not been finalized yet, but the restaurant will specialize in cuisine based on and inspired by Vietnamese tradition and techniques.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/05/14/vietnamese-fusion-restaurant-coming-to-former-sung.html

 

Anybody know how to pronounce this?

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While I love Vietnamese, can someone explain why we will now have 4 good Vietnamese restaurants in downtown / OTR (this new one plus pho lang thang, le's and Saigon) but zero good Chinese restaurants? For a midwestern city this seems like a very strange ratio, are there more Vietnamese immigrants than I realize?

Hmm. I usually expect to have a very hard time finding a good Chinese restaurant. I mean, the distance between eating at one of the better places in San Francisco or Chicago, and your typical Midwestern city, is huge. No?

 

I think what I'm saying, much more bluntly, is that a typical Midwest city Chinese restaurant that I've experienced will

a) Fry almost everything

b) encase almost everything in either a brown glue sauce, or a white glue sauce.

c) Serve rice that is the equivalent of wonder bread - almost tasteless.

 

But I might be looking in the wrong places?

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Fortune Noodle House! Hand pulled noodles if you are looking for Chinese. In other parts of the Midwest, like Minnesota, you will find way more Vietnamese since the Hmong immigrated there.

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Cincinnati's only semblance of a Chinatown is in Sharonville/Evendale. Sichuan Chili mentioned above, Imperial Inn, House of Sun, and 99 Restaurant are my favorites.

 

There are also a lot of the typical take-out places that have "other menus." We go to China Food in CUF quite a bit and order off the authentic menu and it's good. I like their Fuqi Feipian.

 

Also, so far as downtown goes, check out Yum Yum some time. The dining room reminds me of something out of a David Lynch movie.

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Cincinnati's only semblance of a Chinatown is in Sharonville/Evendale. Sichuan Chili mentioned above, Imperial Inn, House of Sun, and 99 Restaurant are my favorites.

 

There are also a lot of the typical take-out places that have "other menus." We go to China Food in CUF quite a bit and order off the authentic menu and it's good. I like their Fuqi Feipian.

 

Also, so far as downtown goes, check out Yum Yum some time. The dining room reminds me of something out of a David Lynch movie.

 

Yeah, in addition to the Chinese restaurants you already noted, there is also the CAM Asian supermarket in Evendale too, and a Chinese bakery in the same strip mall. There’s also Uncle Yips restaurant, which has a decent Dim Sum brunch. Hope they’re still around!

 

If you broaden the scope from strictly Chinese to include all Asian businesses, this area further solidifies itself as the Asian hub of the region. There is a small Japanese grocery called Tokyo Foods, a couple Indian restaurants, an Indian bakery, two small Indian grocers and a large Patel Brothers store. Across the street from Patel Bros, that strip mall is mostly Asian businesses. There’s a good Vietnamese place, a Halal butcher, and a few other Chinese businesses that I can’t temember. Definitely an interesting and unexpected cluster in the burbs!

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Across the street from Patel Bros, that strip mall is mostly Asian businesses. Theres a good Vietnamese place, a Halal butcher, and a few other Chinese businesses that I cant temember. Definitely an interesting and unexpected cluster in the burbs!

 

There is also a bus to NYC's Chinatown that leaves from that strip mall, next to a Chipotle. 

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The team behind Collective Espresso opens The Takeaway, a new sandwich stop and grocer in Over-the-Rhine

 

The Main Street deli offers fresh produce, pantry staples, beer, wine and an eclectic menu of fresh sandwiches

 

https://www.citybeat.com/food-drink/media-gallery/21005018/the-takeaway-on-main-street-is-a-retail-grocer-and-deli-with-very-tasty-sandwiches

 

I have grabbed lunch here a handful of times now and I'm really impressed. The sandwiches are exactly what you want them to be.

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^Looks like a cool place with decent prices. Those are the types of places that really help with a growing office crowd. When I lived in OTR I really wanted more of this type of place since there really weren't many quick takeout options. I loved Gomez as much as the next guy, but sometimes when I didn't want a taco I craved a really quick, affordable sandwich. Picnic and Pantry that used to be at 14th and Republic had some good options but the price point was a little higher. Same with Happy Belly (and their hours stunk). Good to see.

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I have heard a lot of great things about the new Chipotle-style Indian food place that replaced Picnic and Pantry. It sounds like another quick and affordable option for neighborhood residents.

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Thanks for clearing that up. I suspected that was what happened due to the changes at HalfCut. Hopefully they just make the space into a dine-in restaurant that also serves alcohol, like their Walnut Hills location.

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I have heard a lot of great things about the new Chipotle-style Indian food place that replaced Picnic and Pantry. It sounds like another quick and affordable option for neighborhood residents.

I've tried Injoy ... and I though it was ok, but not anywhere as tasty and satisfying as a more traditional Indian restaurant. I like their setup, but their recipes just seem to be missing something. Hopefully they can tweak the recipes.

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Half Cut used to be one of those "fancy" craft beer places with a good selection including some less common beers, where every beer was served in the correct type of glassware and could be bought in a pint, a sample size, or a growler. There were Ohio and US maps showing where each beer on tap was brewed.

 

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Last time I went in there, I think they got rid of most of those aspects and it's sort of just a generic bar now. The main reason I went in was to figure out "is this still HalfCut or is it just Gomez's dining room?" Not that it's bad, but I'm not sure why I would choose to go there over anywhere else.

 

Their best bet would be to make it a full-on Gomez restaurant where you could order food at the bar and then eat inside. Right now, I believe you still have to order and pay at the window outside if you want to eat inside.

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