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I don't know if anyone has posted this already on any other thread, but earlier tonight, I found out that Bella (located downtown on Walnut Street next to the Aronoff Center) has "closed for remodeling until further notice."

 

Apparently, not even the employees knew about this until they tried to come into work today, and they have not yet been paid. I don't know too much more about the story, but hopefully there will be an article in tomorrow morning's paper about it.

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Freaking Queen City Restaurant Group - why the lies?

 

http://www.queencityrestaurantgroup.com/

 

http://www.bellacincinnati.com/

 

Click on the URL's, they even let the domain hosting lapse.  I knew this was going to happen.  The newspaper will probably twist it as "Another Downtown Restaurant" closes when we all know it was poor management.  Bella was always slammed.

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I'm sure that there will be naysayers that will look to tie the restaurant closing into a greater narrative about how "downtown sucks and everybody wants to quickly abandon the sinking ship" but you're right Monte, this definitely appears to be more about poor management than anything else.

 

In addition to letting their domains expire, the Queen City Restaurant Group has also let Bella's liquor license lapse weeks ago, for owing the state back taxes...(Not the first or second restaurant under their management to do so, mind you) ...and when one local TV station tried to reach QCRG President Vince Bryant for comment, he hung up on them.

 

Class Act.

 

 

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It be one thing if Bella closing were the result of a hard working business owner who could not make it in the downtown environment but lets face it, this guy was a sheister. In one year he has had his investors pull out from Jump 05 (when they realized he did not pay payroll and liquor taxes) has presided over the closure of Watson Brothers in Blue Ash (Again, what good is a microbrewery that has no liquor license) and Donna's Diner, a popular diner in NKY for letting his liquor permit lapse again. IS anyone the least bit surprised that the same fete happened to Bella. It usually drew a decent crowd from what I saw.

 

I was just telling a friend last weekend how Bella would probably be done by the end of the year due to all the other holdings of this guy going under. The thing that makes this worse is that it does not bode well for Teller's in Hyde Park (his other restaurant). I read a while back they had problems with their liquor taxes. I will not be surprised if Teller's suffers the same fete.

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Yeah, the weeds are gettin' high around Watson's...used to be you couldn't find anywhere to park at happy hour - the entire lot was packed, and all up and down the street.

 

Must be Blue Ash can't support businesses anymore.

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Bella restaurant closes

BY CLIFF PEALE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

September 14, 2006

 

CINCINNATI - The Bella restaurant at Sixth and Walnut streets in downtown Cincinnati closed Wednesday, but owners have told investors they hope to reopen it later this fall after raising more money.

 

Rest of article:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060914/NEWS01/309140029

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The headline on Fox 19 this morning was, "ANOTHER DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT CLOSES".

 

As for Mr. Cliff Peale, if he did some research he would know that the bellacincinnati.com domain had been disabled for a while.  It was not temporarily disabled last night.

 

They did however renew their domain name in May:

 

Registrant:

Queen City Restaurant Group

 

2645 Erie Ave

Suite 301

Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

UNITED STATES

 

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)

Domain Name: BELLACINCINNATI.COM

Created on: 23-May-01

Expires on: 23-May-07

Last Updated on: 23-May-06

 

Administrative Contact:

Huck, Jason webmaster@corefive.com

Core Five Creative

1340 Clay Street

Second Floor

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

United States

5137230101

 

Technical Contact:

Huck, Jason webmaster@corefive.com

Core Five Creative

1340 Clay Street

Second Floor

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

United States

5137230101

 

Domain servers in listed order:

NS1.FLAGSHIPHOSTING.COM

NS2.FLAGSHIPHOSTING.COM

 

 

Registry Status: ACTIVE

Registry Status: ok

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Bella owners hoping to reopen

BY CLIFF PEALE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

September 15, 2006

 

CINCINNATI - The Bella restaurant at Sixth and Walnut streets in downtown Cincinnati has closed, but owners have told investors they hope to reopen it this fall after raising more money.

 

Rest of article:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060915/BIZ01/609150352/1076/BIZ

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Sounds like this group has major problems causing all the closings....

 

Bella closes its doors

Restaurant third in group to shut down

 

By Greg Paeth

Post staff reporter

 

Bella, a popular dining and drinking spot at one of downtown Cincinnati's most heavily traveled intersections, has closed abruptly, becoming the third Queen City Restaurant Group restaurant to shut down this year.

 

Rest of article:

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060914/BIZ/609140331/1001

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Would you enter a leasing arrangement with these clowns knowing their complete lack of business sense?  I sure wouldn't!

 

From the 9/16/06 Enquirer:

 

 

New life for Jack Quinn's?

Options include Irish pub, gay nightclub

BY MIKE RUTLEDGE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

COVINGTON - Owners of the former Jack Quinn's Restaurant & Irish Pub building are considering leasing the property to tenants - including companies wanting to run an Irish pub, or a gay-oriented nightclub - or selling the Covington building.

 

Rest of article:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060916/NEWS0103/609160399/1059/rss13

 

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Restaurant group questioned

Finances, closings draw attention

BY CLIFF PEALE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

From the beginning, the Queen City Restaurant Group has tried to make a splash.

 

The restaurants owe more than $1 million combined in federal and state taxes.

 

For more information:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060917/BIZ01/609170305/1076/BIZ

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Yesterday I drove down Liberty and noticed that the Grammers building no longer had a for sale sign up and there were people walking around, and the doors were open. Has anyone heard if Jim Tarbell is reopening it or has someone purchased it? 

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Graeter's goes suburban

New store bigger and more colorful

BY JOHN ECKBERG | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

September 19, 2006

 

IMAGE: These drawings show three sides of the new Graeter's store in Deerfield Township. PROVIDED

 

CINCINNATI - With the grand opening of a Graeter's in Deerfield Township on Wednesday, a new look is coming to company stores that sell an old-time Cincinnati favorite.

 

For rest of article:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060919/BIZ01/609190326/1076/BIZ

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Who knew that there were more Graeters in Columbus than in Cincy? And 7 in Louisville??

 

With the 3 in Nky Greater Cincinnati actually has 15.  This is one thing that bugs me, I remember when we simply used to be Greater Cincinnati instead of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky - it gets confusing with what area someone is referring to sometimes.

 

Of course I could be interpreting the information incorrectly in the article.

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They ALSO forgot to mention that there are three Graeter's stores in the Dayton area.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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The Greaters stores in the Dayton area are run by the Columbus franchisee, and the Northern Kentucky stores are run by the Louisville franchisee I believe. The corporate parent only runs the cincinnati stores so the newspaper statement is accurate. The easiest way to tell if it is a corporate Graeters or franchise is whether there is a full service bakery or it is only an ice cream shop

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Yes, it is a cinci institution, but they franchised to Columbus, Louisville, and Indy. The franchisees can only do the ice cream. They have the recipe and make it in their various city and distribute it to all their stores in their region. The product mix is controlled by the corporate parent in Cinci but the franchisees have a lot of autonomy as well

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Downtown's Tower Place could add TGI Friday's to its menu

Cincinnati Business Courier - September 22, 2006by Lisa Biank FasigStaff Reporter

 

Casual eating chain TGI Friday's is thinking about opening a franchise location at Tower Place Mall downtown, an addition that would breathe needed vitality into the ailing center.

 

The retailer's local franchise operator, the Bistro Group, is said to be talking about a lease with Madison Marquette, which is handling tenants for the mall. The restaurant chain is considering the former Gap location, a 6,600-square-foot space vacated in January.

 

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/09/25/story9.html

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Granted, it's Friday's, but downtown somewhat does need a "more affordable" option other than Rock Bottom, chain-wise.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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I think the TGI Friday's announcement is great.  More affordable options are needed and options recognized by tourists are also important part.  Yes, we need original options as well but go to downtown Indy - every freakin chain you can think of is there.

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McDonald's is also "good enough" for Times Square.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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Ate lunch at the Green Papaya on the corner of Wasson and Paxton earlier in the week and I was very happy with the food.  Had one of the Bento Boxes but can't remember all of what was on it.  Very good sushi.  The box was around $10.  Good place for decent lunchtime Asian.

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Looks like the "FRESH Deli" place is going to open soon. All of the paper is off the windows now. The location in on the corner of 4th and Walnut St. It looks really cool and reminds me of the color scheme in Vinyl.

 

Also, it looks like Guido's is opening up a pizza place in the location on the corner of Main St. and 9th (?). Not sure if this is affiliated with the Guido's in Mt. Adams though.

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