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Tea house taps into trend

Oakley business offers wide selection to experts and connoisseurs

BY ANNA GUIDO | ENQUIRER CONTRIBUTOR

 

OAKLEY - The opening of a contemporary tea café and store in this Cincinnati neighborhood is a sign of good things to come for Queen City tea drinkers and also is in line with industry trends.

 

Essencha Tea House & Fine Teas, which opened in March, already is receiving acclaim from industry experts and connoisseurs of specialty tea.

 

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Jalapeños to add spice to vacant restaurant space

Downtown eatery to offer fast-casual at former Aioli

Cincinnati Business Courier - October 27, 2006by Lisa Biank FasigStaff Reporter

 

Jalapeños, a regional chain of casual Mexican restaurants, has agreed to open a location in the former Aioli restaurant space at Seventh and Elm streets, altering the corner from upscale gourmet to moderately priced fare.

 

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http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/10/30/story9.html

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Search to fill former Bella site down to single firm

Cincinnati Business Courier - October 27, 2006by Lisa Biank FasigStaff Reporter

 

The owner of the former Bella restaurant space downtown has narrowed its search for a successor to one local company, and expects to finalize a deal on the high-profile location within weeks.

 

The targeted party, based in Cincinnati, is pulling together its proposal, said Stephen Loftin, president of the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA), which owns the building at Sixth and Walnut streets. While he declined to identify the company, some local restaurant and real estate sources said it could be Boca chef-owner David Falk and his investors, who have shown interest in the site for new concept.

 

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/10/30/story11.html

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Just FYI, Ingredients (in the Westin Lobby) is open every day from 6 am to 6 pm...not too shabby!  This gives downtown residents and others another viable option for a "casual-style" meal on the weekend.

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Can I just say something? I know this isn't entirely on topic with the thread but I remember someone talking about how burrito joes is better than Chipotle. I went to the one downtown and it was the burrito was terrrrrrrrrible. How can anyone say its better than chipotle? The rice was nasty, the meat was cold and boring and the cheese tasted like regular kraft cheese you buy in the store. The burrito had no taste to it.

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Where is the Ethiopean restaurant someone told me about in P-Ridge? I lived there 3 years and have never heard of it. He said on Montgomery Road I'm wondering if its where Manhattan West was? Never had Ethiopean food...i bet its worth checking out.

 

I believe that there is also an Ethiopean restaurant located on W. 6th street, almost next to the newer Walgreens on the corner.

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Jalapeños to add spice to vacant restaurant space

Downtown eatery to offer fast-casual at former Aioli

Cincinnati Business Courier - October 27, 2006by Lisa Biank FasigStaff Reporter

 

Jalapeños, a regional chain of casual Mexican restaurants, has agreed to open a location in the former Aioli restaurant space at Seventh and Elm streets, altering the corner from upscale gourmet to moderately priced fare.

 

The restaurant, expected to open in December, is more in line with what downtown residents and employees are seeking, said Arn Bortz, whose company, Towne Properties, owns the building. He's also looking for casual-style chains, such as Panera Bread, to fill the former Redfish space a block away, at Seventh and Vine.

 

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/10/30/story9.html

 

Great!  I love Jalapeños, we eat at the one in Montgomery/Madeira all the time.  You can never have too much Mexican in the city.  This is a great day for good news in the Queen City.

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Just FYI, Ingredients (in the Westin Lobby) is open every day from 6 am to 6 pm...not too shabby!  This gives downtown residents and others another viable option for a "casual-style" meal on the weekend.

 

That's great news.

 

We got some food to go at lunch on Thursday and took it home.  It was good.  We thought about going by on Saturday but just assumed it would be closed.

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So my hubby and I who live downtown were in the mood for a milkshake last night and couldn't think of a single place downtown that has them in the evening.  Any other places you can think of besides the Graeter's in Cafe Martin where we can get our dessert fix?.....Happy Halloween by the way :evil:

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There is a soft serve ice cream place in the 1200 block of Walnut that I went to half a dozen times this past summer.  The owner is very gracious, but it is just a walk-up window, no interior seating.  I think she is open all year till 9 or 10pm, sells hamburgers etc, but closed on Mondays.  I have never gone after dark, but she keeps her corner clean and hoodlum free.  Last time I was there she made a teenager get rid of an unlit cigarette he had in his mouth.  I think she may be Nation of Islam.  It should be safe to venture that far north on Walnut.  A small cone is $1 and shakes are about $3.

 

We went for ice cream at Cafe Martin once, but found it too expensive for kids.  Unfortunately, there's not much else in the downtown area for evening ice cream.  If anyone knows of a place, please let me know.

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There is a soft serve ice cream place in the 1200 block of Walnut that I went to half a dozen times this past summer.  The owner is very gracious, but it is just a walk-up window, no interior seating.  I think she is open all year till 9 or 10pm, sells hamburgers etc, but closed on Mondays.  I have never gone after dark, but she keeps her corner clean and hoodlum free.  Last time I was there she made a teenager get rid of an unlit cigarette he had in his mouth.  I think she may be Nation of Islam.  It should be safe to venture that far north on Walnut.  A small cone is $1 and shakes are about $3.

 

This is good to know!  I took a class at the Art Academy during the summer, and one night, one of the security guards was eating soft serve ice cream as I was leaving around 9:00 PM.  I asked him where he got it, and he said someplace around the corner (I can't remember the name).  I wonder if this is the same place. 

 

Where is this place in relation to Lucy Blue?

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It isn't downtown but in Mt. Adams, you have UDF.  If you are on Fourth, it is just as quick to walk up to Mt. Adams as it is to go to OTR.  I have done it several times.  You also have Cold Stone in Newport on the Levee right over the Purple People Bridge.  Hopefully Graeters will be opening that rumored Fountain Square location soon.

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Hathaways in the Carew Tower makes great milkshakes (I dont know the hours though). I know there used to be a place in the 525 building skywalk but I am not sure if it is still there.

 

Unfortunately, Hathaway's does not have late night hours.  :(  They close at four.

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McCormick's and Schimdt are taking reservations now.  There is a group of 9 of us going before the BNL concert next Friday night.  One perk to the restaurant is their $1.95 happy hour on food.  :clap: I know this place will be a success on the Square.

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We've decided to make a downtown weekend of New Year's Eve and got a room at the Millennium for Saturday and Sunday.  Made reservations for that Saturday at McCormick and Schmicks and we'll do the Bengal's game on Sunday.  Topped off by the actual New Year's Eve celebration at a downtown bar I suppose.  I'd love for their to be something on Fountain Square at midnight - A Pig Drop?  Fireworks?   

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I keep checking to see if any of the local hotels are having a New Years Eve bash but haven't found much.  I did see that Jeff Ruby's was having a special dinner with a champagne toast at midnight.  I also think there might be an event at Music Hall.  Anything else going on downtown for New Years? 

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I keep checking to see if any of the local hotels are having a New Years Eve bash but haven't found much.  I did see that Jeff Ruby's was having a special dinner with a champagne toast at midnight.  I also think there might be an event at Music Hall.  Anything else going on downtown for New Years? 

 

We went to an event at the Netherland Hilton a few years ago.  You might want to call them and ask.

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Morton's relocating downtown

BY JON NEWBERRY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

November 20, 2006

 

CINCINNATI - Morton’s The Steakhouse has signed a lease for space at the corner of Fifth and Vine streets on the second floor of the Carew Tower arcade, the Chicago-based chain said today.

 

It expects to open a restaurant diagonally opposite Fountain Square “as early as fall 2007,” it said in a statement.

 

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But wait!  There's more!

 

Press Release Source: Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc.

 

Morton's Steaks Out Prime New Cincinnati Location; Fine-Dining Steakhouse to Open in Carew Tower Next to Revitalized Fountain Square

Monday November 20, 2:31 pm ET

 

 

CHICAGO, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Morton's The Steakhouse will be opening a new location in Cincinnati next year, it was announced today by Morton's Restaurant Group (NYSE: MRT - News), which owns and operates the 71 Morton's steakhouses throughout the United States and in Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong.

 

The company said it has signed a lease to open a new Morton's steakhouse in the landmark Carew Tower, Cincinnati's tallest building, in the heart of the downtown area -- which is experiencing major across-the-board revitalization and development.

 

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http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061120/nym182.html?.v=68

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Bar to replace adult spot in Covington

Cincinnati Business Courier - 8:45 AM EST Fridayby Lucy MaySenior Staff Reporter

 

The Pad, the Covington adult entertainment spot that for years boasted it featured "Kentucky's most beautiful girls," is being replaced by a new bar targeting older patrons who want a good drink without the wiggle.

 

Called The Avenue, the new bar has a grand opening scheduled for Dec. 1, she said. It features a 43-feet-long bar along the wall and live music in the window.

 

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http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/11/20/daily37.html

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We received menu from this place in our mailbox:

 

Poppies blooms into DeliSeven20

 

Cincinnati Business Courier - November 16, 2006

 

The former Poppies Deli, which closed in March after more than two years of operating on Elm Street, has reopened as Deli Seven20 on Pete Rose Way

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2006/11/13/daily41.html?surround=lfn

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So downtown Newport gets a Graeter's and Cincinnati doesn't?  When will he hear an announcement about a Graeter's confrimed for Fountain Square?

 

Graeter's plans 2 new stores

BY CLIFF PEALE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

 

Two of the region’s most popular retail names, Graeter’s Ice Cream and Dewey’s Pizza, will join forces to develop a new retail center on Cox Lane and University Drive in West Chester.

Graeter’s also said it will open a store at 342 Monmouth St., one block from Newport on the Levee, early next summer.

 

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http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061201/BIZ01/312010024/-1/CINCI

 

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I finally hit Vinyl this Saturday night and it did not disappoint.  Interesting concept, good vibe, eclectic mix of people, the food was presented well and most importantly tasted good.  I had the Chicken Dinner and it was excellent; I also managed to finagle a mini Kobe cheeseburger from my wife and a mini chicken burger from my sister in law which were both very good as well.  We wanted to go back to try their brunch on Sunday, but we were at a party a little too late that night and did not make it very far Sunday morning.  I thought the menu was pretty reasonably priced for the concept.  With drinks and tip out bill was just under $90, but the food portion was  less than half of it.   I will definately be back, it is a fun place to get you in the mood for going out and should be an asset to the area. 

 

On a down note -I know i'm stating what has been discussed but, man is the Main St entertainment area a ghost town on weekends!!!  I've probably only been down there 3 times in the last year on a weekend night, but everytime it's still wierd to me how many placed are closed and how few people are out around there.

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