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Two Cincinnati area breweries expand their distribution areas

Local craft breweries Braxton Brewing and Old Firehouse Brewery recently announced expansions of their distribution areas. For Braxton, that means crossing the river from its Covington base, while Old Firehouse can now offer its beer throughout Ohio.
Braxton Brewing
Braxton beer will be available in Cincinnati starting Sept. 10. It was previously available only in Northern Kentucky, with the exception of Great American Ball Park. The brewery will remain focused on brewing operations and its taproom in Covington but will be able to expand into new bars and restaurants via draft in Ohio as well.
Now that local production and distribution have taken off, further expansion into other Midwest states is the goal.
Braxton is kicking off Ohio distribution at the annual Cincinnati Summer Beerfest Sept. 11-12 on Fountain Square. The event will feature its first Braxton Beergarden, where Braxton products will be on tap.
The Rouse family, which owns Braxton, have also partnered with a number of Cincinnati bars and restaurants for launch events — the first is at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield and Eastgate locations on Sept. 12. For an up-to-date list of Cincinnati bars and restaurants with Braxton on tap, check out the brewery’s new mobile app in the iTunes App Store.
Braxton also partnered with Neltner Small Batch, which designed the brewery’s branding, for a short documentary film about the business titled Born in a Garage (find more details here).
Old Firehouse Brewery
As of Sept. 1, Williamsburg-based brewery Old Firehouse, which opened less than a year ago, started selling its beer throughout the state of Ohio.
The brewery’s core beers (Pin-Up Girl, an American blonde ale; Code 3, a red ale; Flash Point, an East Coast-style IPA; Probie Porter, a chocolate and coffee porter; and Hoser Gose, a wheat gose) are now widely available, as will seasonal and limited-edition beers as production allows.
Old Firehouse is also expanding its brewery, located at 237 Main St. in Williamsburg. Husband-and-wife owners Adam Cowan and Lori Ward are in the process of purchasing buildings adjacent to the current space in order to expand production and meet demand.
Also in the works is the brewery’s one-year anniversary party, scheduled for Sept. 26. Keep tabs on the Old Firehouse website for more information.

Former Hellmann Lumber site starts journey to becoming a creative placemaking hub

On Sept. 17, Covington’s Center for Great Neighborhoods will hold a groundbreaking event for its newest venture, the Hellmann Creative Center. The placemaking hub will be the new home of CGN and offer community meeting and event space as well as leasable artist studios.
The project is expected to take about nine months, and CGN hopes to move into its new space early next summer.
The 13,800-square-foot project is on the site of the former Hellmann Lumber Mill, which has been vacant since 2005. The Commonwealth of Kentucky preserved the building during the widening of State Route 1120/MLK/12th Street.
“CGN is renovating the former Hellmann Lumber Mill as part of a multi-year effort to help revitalize the MLK corridor,” says Rachel Hastings, the organization’s director of neighborhood and housing initiatives. “The street suffered significant disinvestment while the widening project, which eventually razed most of the buildings on the south side of the street, was proposed but not implemented for 25 years. Now that the widening is complete, CGN and neighborhood residents are working to bring small businesses and energy back to the corridor.”
CGN received a $1.5 million multi-year grant from The Kresge Foundation as part of its creative placemaking initiative, $500,000 of which was designated for the Hellmann project. The remaining funds will be used to integrate arts and culture into neighborhood revitalization activities. CGN also received a number of grants from local foundations, including the Haile Foundation, Mayerson Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Duke Energy Urban Revitalization Initiative to help fund the $2.2 million project.
The Hellmann Creative Center will help make CGN more visible in Covington, providing the organization with a home in a prominent building on one of the city’s main thoroughfares. As part of the relocation process, CGN underwent a branding overhaul to allow staff members and community partners to better describe the organization’s mission for community change. BLDG redesigned the branding, funded in part by The Kresge Foundation and LISC.
Since 1976, CGN has helped strengthen Covington as a whole through creative placemaking programs, community organizing events, leadership development, housing development, youth engagement and financial education. CGN equips residents with the tools to discover and develop and gives access to resources that help develop the city.

Tour to highlight OTR's beautiful, historic churches

Over-the-Rhine is home to 11 historic churches, including St. Paulus Kirche, Cincinnati's oldest Protestant church. To honor that legacy, Taft’s Ale House — itself located in a renovated historic church — is teaming up with American Legacy Tours and the Over-the-Rhine Foundation to offer guided tours of neighborhood churches.
American Legacy Tours will lead two 90-minute tours of five historic OTR churches on Sept. 9: the former St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, which is now Taft’s Ale House, at 1429 Race St.; St. Francis Seraph, 1615 Vine St.; First Lutheran, 1208 Race St.; Nast Community (formerly known as Nast Trinity United Methodist Church), 1310 Race; and Old St. Mary’s, 123 E. 13th St.

“Each church included on the tour is currently serving the OTR community in one form or another,” says Erica Spitzig, attorney at Graydon Head. “The tour will serve to engage participants in the history, character and beauty of the OTR neighborhood while highlighting some of the amenities it has to offer its residents.”
The tours will help continue the OTR Foundation’s mission of teaching potential property owners how to successfully redevelop owner-occupied properties in Over-the-Rhine. The Foundation started a program in 2014 that covers property selection, financing opportunities and guidelines for working with historic properties and neighborhoods.
The Foundation hosted a Lessons Learned Workshop in June that featured three property owners whose buildings were at various stages of redevelopment. The first-hand accounts helped others who are interested in buying, rehabbing and living in OTR.
Tickets for the church tours are $30 and can be purchased on American Legacy Tours’ website. The first tour begins at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.; both tours start and end at Taft’s, where attendees can enjoy a pint as part of their ticket price.

Jazz, BBQ and a little running too in Madisonville

Madisonville is hosting the second annual Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12, a year after a $9,000 ArtsWave grant to the Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation helped create the free event. Like last year, the festival will be held at the corner of Madison and Whetsel avenues, on a piece of city-owned property that serves as a community space for Madisonville.
Mike Wade and the Mighty Groovers and Triage featuring Eugene Goss will provide the jazz music, and Ron D’s BBQ, Just Q’in and Sweets and Meats BBQ will provide the food. There will be other vendors as well, including MadTree Brewing, Lala’s Blissfull Bites and Snowie Shaved Ice. The event runs 3-8 p.m.
There will also be a number of kids activities and neighborhood artisans showcasing their wares.
The festival is preceded by the third annual Madisonville 5K Run/Walk, which starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the kids fun run at 9:30 a.m. The race starts at the Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road, and takes runners on a course through neighborhood streets before finishing back at the rec center.
Pre-registration for the run is $15 for adults, $10 for students. Day-of registration is $20.
Partners for the day’s events include Medpace, Interact for Health and LISC as well as a number of other community organizations.

Beyond the Curb turns its urban living showcase attention to Newport

The Catalytic Fund hosted the first Beyond the Curb event in Covington in April and will return Sept. 27 with a focus on Newport. Beyond the Curb’s one-day, self-guided tours aim to promote urban living by showcasing and marketing Northern Kentucky’s river cities as one urban area with a variety of residential options.
“Northern Kentucky’s urban offerings have their own character, and there’s plenty of new development and redevelopment projects to explore, all within walking, biking and shuttle distance of downtown Cincinnati,” says Tara Ford, manager of development services for The Catalytic Fund.
The Catalytic Fund has been working to help revitalize NKY’s river cities, emphasizing the area’s urban lifestyle with walkable neighborhoods, small business districts, parks, markets and views. Like Covington, Newport has a lot to offer: dining and nightlife at Newport at the Levee, the aquarium, a number of festivals and of course great views of the river and the Cincinnati skyline. Beyond the Curb hopes to enhance these features and expand people’s concepts of where to live in the Tristate.
Properties were chosen to appeal to all ages and price points. The tour includes high-rise condos and apartments with views of Cincinnati as well as renovated single-family homes in the heart of Newport’s historic districts.
“The trend of urban living has become a movement in the region, and people can enjoy a night out for dinner or weekend brunch, even if they’re not ready to pack up and move downtown,” Ford says. “The Catalytic Fund seeks to showcase the residential opportunities and nearby amenities to potential residents who are interested in affordability, great views, safety, and a fresh take on the urban experience.”
Properties featured on the tour include:
Riverboat Row
SouthShore Condominiums, 400 Riverboat Row
Vue 180 on the Water, 300 Riverboat Row
East Row
823 Overton St.
The Hannaford, 803 E. Sixth St.
934 Hamlet St.
306 Park St.
404 E. Fourth St.
908 Columbia St.
1115 Isabella St.
Monmouth Row, 415 Monmouth St.
311 York St.
913 Monmouth St.
Early bird tickets are $15 and are available for purchase here; day-of tickets are $20. Beyond the Curb Newport will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, with day-of registration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Carnegie Event Center, 401 Monmouth St.
The next Beyond the Curb event will be in Bellevue and Dayton in the spring, followed by one in Ludlow next fall.

Covington renaissance continues with new downtown restaurant

Downtown Covington has seen a recent surge in redevelopment efforts, including the expansion of Gateway Community & Technical College, the renovation of the Mutual Building and Hotel Covington and the introduction of Braxton Brewing. Baron Shirley, a local entrepreneur, is adding to the city’s new offerings by opening Inspirado at 715 Madison Ave.
Shirley has been looking for a restaurant space for a long time and originally scouted locations in Over-the-Rhine. But rent was high, he says, and there are already so many restaurants there. So he began to look elsewhere and eventually focused on Covington.
“There’s so much good going on here, and I wanted to bring a beautiful space with good food, craft beer and cocktails,” Shirley says. “Think of it as bringing a little bit of OTR to Covington.”
Shirley’s idea for the restaurant stems from a conversation he’s had with his wife over and over.
“We always ask each other, ‘What’s for dinner?’” he says. “I wanted to expand on that and offer a menu with something for everyone.”
The restaurant’s menu will feature a globally inspired menu with comfort foods from all over the world. Shirley says there will be some regular favorites, including a burger, hot brown and BLT.
Shirley partnered with Pandemonium Gallery to create an art gallery within Inspirado with art by local artists. In the near future, the second floor of the building will feature an art gallery and wine bar. And even though Inspirado won't be open for lunch on Saturdays, but it will offer a wine painting class during that time.
When Inspirado debuts on Sept. 16, it will be open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday and for dinner 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Transform Cincinnati announces six finalists, puts them in front of potential funders

Transform Cincinnati, an initiative that connects people with great ideas to those who have the money to make the ideas happen, held its first call for submissions in June. Each submission had to have a measurable, long-lasting impact on Cincinnati, be sustainable, be large enough in scale to be truly transformational and be supported by a group or organization that could see it through.

The program was developed by businessman and arts patron Richard Rosenthal, who realized that since the early 1800s Cincinnati has benefited from the engagement of community “investors,” or people who gave of themselves and their resources to elevate the region.

“While we are fortunate to continue to have many generous individuals, there is a need and an opportunity to enhance the ranks of these significant, individual funders of regional initiatives and to facilitate the development of ideas that inspire, engage and involve new generations of funders and investors,” Rosenthal says.
Six proposals were recently announced as Transform Cincinnati finalists from a pool of 150 entries, and those six groups now will pitch their ideas to investors. On Sept. 30, Transform Cincinnati hosts a Marketplace event that will be much like the TV show Shark Tank, where the six finalists will present to a group of investors who could make those ideas become reality.
The finalists are:

A Down Payment on the Preschool Promise
4C for Children wants to create a foundation for the educational future of children through Cincinnati Preschool Promise. The program, still in development, aims to ensure that every child in the area has access to two years of high-quality, affordable preschool regardless of income.
Activate Ziegler Park
3CDC plans to expand Ziegler Park on Sycamore Street in Over-the-Rhine. The existing park would be renovated into five acres of community space to include a neighborhood green space, a new deep-water swimming pool, a multi-use recreational field and a playground.
Cincinnati Neighborhood Equity Fund for Walnut Hills
The Cincinnati Development Fund plans to create a fund to accelerate jobs and redevelopment in urban communities beyond Over-the-Rhine, beginning in Walnut Hills. CDF would support the idea by advising on financing, investing its own money and leveraging other funding sources to complement the initial investment.
End Youth Homelessness in Cincinnati by 2020
Lighthouse Youth Services plans to develop a multipurpose center in Walnut Hills that would provide housing and services for youth, including an emergency homeless youth shelter and new units of permanent supportive housing as well as a range of services that are meant to get youth off the streets. The ultimate goal is to eradicate youth homelessness in Cincinnati.
Precision Cancer Care
UC Health and its cancer institute want to revolutionize cancer outcomes in Cincinnati by leveraging breakthrough discoveries in genomics, drug discovery and biological model systems. UC’s goal is to rank the city among national leaders in new and personalized cancer-care advances, then spread those discoveries across the world.
Venture Building Studio and OPA! Labs
Cintrifuse, in partnership with the Health Collaborative, plans to establish a consumer healthcare venture studio that will be dedicated to attracting the best health innovators and talent to the area in order to incubate, nurture and commercialize ideas.

“We hope that together we can think bigger and do more than we have before,” Rosenthal says. “Transform Cincinnati is working hard to identify and facilitate connections between organizations with big ideas and the investors and funders with between $1 million and $10 million who can help make them happen. We’ve heard from organizations that the process has already helped them to seek new collaborations and to become more focused on how to bring their ideas to life. We’ve heard from investors who never before thought of themselves as having the wherewithal to invest in bigger ideas and now recognize they can do so.

“It’s both gratifying and motivating to recognize that Transform Cincinnati has unlocked a new way to help the region become one of the best places in the country to live, learn, work and play.”

Transform Cincinnati has drawn on the experience and involvement of leading community organizations such as ArtsWave, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, Interact for Health, the Jewish Federation and United Way.
If you’re interested in investing in one of these six ideas, register here before Sept. 28.

Fuel Cincinnati awards micro grants to 3 community programs

Fuel Cincinnati, the grant-making arm of Give Back Cincinnati, recently awarded grants to three local nonprofit organizations to help them launch new ideas or projects focused around education, community building, diversity and the environment.
The long-running Cincinnati Film Festival received a $2,500 grant to expand its offerings during the nine-day event, scheduled this year for Sept. 10-20. The 100-film festival will begin with a special invitation-only screening, followed by shorts, features, narratives and documentaries as well as filmmaker workshops, post-film Q&As and an awards ceremony.
Pub Inc., a resource center for new and professional authors, also received a $2,500 grant. The organization’s mission is to challenge authors to envision the future of entrepreneurship while also providing them the tools to make publishing their work a reality. Pub Inc. targets low-income authors in order to provide a secondary source of income to help them become more self-sufficient and not rely on public assistance.
A $2,500 grant was awarded to Under the Stars, a weeklong outdoor immersion program that will help foster fun, friends and family for recently emancipated youth. The program will be held at YMCA Camp and will help kids face the future by helping them build strong support networks, teach them networking skills, connect them with mentors and introduce them to resources within the community.
Fuel Cincinnati is also launching a new campaign, #WeFuelCincy, to highlight how community leaders have used and are using their vision, passion and ideas to make the city great. Stories will be shared via social media as well as on Fuel Cincinnati’s website.  

New donut bar joins lineup at Xavier's University Station development

Xavier University welcomed students back to school this week with new offerings at University Station, the mixed-use development at Dana Avenue and Montgomery Road that features a 180-unit apartment complex as well as 46,000 square feet of office space and 39,000 square feet for retail.
The $54-million development boasts a larger campus bookstore, Graeter’s, Starbucks, Gold Star Chili and now a new donut shop.
Top This Donut Bar opened on Aug. 16 and, much like frozen yogurt shops, offers customers the chance to customize their donut. The shop’s cake donuts are made on-site in a variety of flavors, but donuts aren’t the only thing you can top.
Customers can choose a donut, cinnamon roll or crispy rice treat as a vessel for the toppings of their choice. Toppings range from the typical (candy pieces, chocolate chips and coconut) to the more inventive, like Andes mints, bacon, Fruity Pebbles, peppermints and fresh fruit. There’s also a variety of icing flavors to pick from, including caramel, chocolate, pink and white.
Top This also serves the perfect accompaniment to donuts, with coffee or cold milk on tap.
There are plans to open three more Top This locations in Anderson Township, West Chester and Northern Kentucky later this year.

The Cure Starts Now beer & wine festival relocates, adds art element

The Cure Starts Now hosts its sixth annual Beer, Wine & Food Festival fundraiser this weekend, providing an opportunity to sample 80 craft beers and wines, try food from a number of vendors and enjoy music from local acts. By the end of the summer, The Cure Starts Now will have received over $5 million in research funding to help find a cure for childhood cancers.

The festival has been outgrowing its location in Glendale and organizers wanted to add a number of new elements, so they’ve moved it to downtown Wyoming, where it’s expected to draw its largest crowd yet.
“Wyoming allows us the space to grow, and the city deeply believes in our mission, which speaks volumes when trying to execute an event,” says Brooke Desserich, founder of the Cincinnati chapter of The Cure Starts Now.
Also new this year is the Street Chalk Art exhibition, which will feature artists recreating masterpieces from Edward Hopper, Michelangelo and Monet in the street. Kids will also have the chance to try their hand at a masterpiece and draw alongside the professional artists.
With this addition, The Cure Starts Now goes back to its artistic roots. When the founder of the nonprofit’s daughter Elena was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she used drawing as an outlet. Her painting entitled “I Love You” was installed in the Cincinnati Art Museum next to a painting by her hero, Pablo Picasso. That painting became the organization’s first fundraiser and now serves as the inspiration behind its logo.
“We’re proud to be bringing art back into our events through the Street Chalk Art exhibition in memory of Elena and all children who are battling cancer,” Desserich says. “Art is what built our charity, and being able to offer these masterpieces in a unique way will be incredible.”
A number of local breweries and wineries will be present, including Bent Tree Winery, Burnet Ridge Winery, MadTree Brewing, Rivertown Brewing and Stone Brewing Co., as well as offerings from popular national craft breweries and some sneak peaks of seasonal brews.
Food will be available for purchase from Best Thing Smokin, Distasi Banquet Center, Just Jerks, Fireside Pizza, Pit to Plate BBQ, Renegade Street Eats, Schell’s Sweet Sensations, Urban Grill Food Truck, Wicked Hickory and Wyoming Meat Market.
The Beer, Wine & Food Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight on Aug. 28 and from noon to midnight on Aug. 29, with The Websters with Ricky Nye highlighting Friday night and The Carter New Band on Saturday. Non-tasting admission is $10 and tasting admission is $30, which includes a wristband and five tasting tickets.
For the first time, there’s also a VIP experience available for purchase. Guests will receive unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass and are invited to a VIP reception 5-6 p.m. on Friday. The cost is $50, and you must be 21 or older to purchase the VIP admission.

College Hill partners with Saint Francis Group for key development project

The College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHCURC) has been focusing on strengthening its central business district over the past few months. A new mixed-use development is in the works at the corner of Marlowe and Hamilton avenues, as is a 100-space parking lot between Cedar and Marlowe avenues.
College Hill also received $175,000 from the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program and a $10,000 grant from the PNC Foundation for facade improvements, which will help well-established buildings update signing, lighting, windows and doors.
On top of that, CHCURC recently signed a preferred developer agreement with Saint Francis Group and the City of Cincinnati for a large mixed-use project at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road. Jeff Raser of Glaserworks has been selected as lead architect.
The 7.5-acre site was totally cleared in 2014, when the former Kroger building was demolished for future development. Eastern Star also used to sit on the property, but that was demolished in 2012.
The development will bring residential, retail and office space to College Hill. Although plans are still in the works, the next four to eight months will reveal the project's name, cost estimates and construction schedule.

Business grants aim to help OTR entrepreneurs grow customer base

Four Over-The-Rhine businesses recently received funds through the Business Innovation Challenge Grant and the Business First Grant, both of which aim to help local businesses grow and help strengthen OTR’s economy.
“The Business Innovation Challenge supports existing OTR businesses by helping them flourish, expand and ultimately grow new products and services,” says Emilie Johnson, president of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber, which helps facilitate the grants. “The mission of the Business First Grant is to help benefit the city by strengthening the local economy, increase business and employment opportunities and animate the sidewalks of OTR.”
The Business Innovation Challenge Grant launched in April 2014 to focus on existing businesses. Segway Cincinnati/The Garage OTR, MOTR Pub and Cincy Shirts each received $1,000 from Fifth Third Bank to develop their new business strategies over the next six to eight months.
Segway Cincinnati/The Garage OTR plans to create a new guided Segway tour of OTR and downtown to feature public art and art institutions. MOTR Pub is interested in creating and hosting an online OTR interactive parking map. And Cincy Shirts hopes to create a wall of stadium seats for their in-store T-shirt display as well as develop a line of stadium seat furniture.
Artichoke, a new kitchenware store planning to open at 1824 Elm St., received a $10,000 Business First Grant. The grant offers unique businesses that are new to OTR the opportunity to open, expand or grow their services in the neighborhood.
Artichoke will be housed in a renovated, historic brick Italianate building near Findlay Market. The store will offer cookware and have a demo kitchen to showcase recipes featuring produce from market vendors.

Over-the-Rhine continues to boom with new businesses

A number of new businesses have opened in Over-the-Rhine over the past few months, especially in the Findlay Market area north of Liberty Street as residential developments continue to crop up. We’ve rounded up a few of the neighborhood's newest and provide the low-down on what you’ll find.

Dirt: A Modern Market at Findlay Market, 131 W. Elder St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Dirt brings a year-round marketplace to Cincinnati that will help connect consumers with local producers. The full-time retail store sells only locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and dairy products along with a number of other goods.
Dirt also functions as a consignment store where growers and producers can rent space on a weekly or monthly basis. They keep 70 to 80 percent of their gross sales, construct individual displays and set their own prices. It gives producers the opportunity to continue selling their goods even when they aren’t physically at Findlay Market.

OTR Candy Bar, 1735 Elm St.
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Co-owner Mike Petzelf’s brother purchased the building on Elm Street, and then the family came up with the idea for a candy store. After renovations and build-out, they opened the doors in April.  
OTR Candy Bar offers a large variety of bulk candies, which are locally and nationally sourced, as well as more than 50 soda flavors. Customers can mix their own 4-pack to take home or enjoy one while they’re strolling through Findlay Market.

3 Sweet Girls Cakery, 29 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

This Kenwood-based bakery opened its second location in OTR just in time for the All Star Game. The shop offers a variety of items to satisfy your sweet tooth, including eight cupcake flavors and 15 cake pop flavors; their specialty is a Flying Pig Cake Pop.

3 Sweet Girls also sells decorated cookies, chocolate pretzels and Oreos, cake push-ups and cupcakes in a jar, plus special treats for your furry friend.
Goods on Main, 1300 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, subject to change

Goods is a retail collective with an ever-revolving, themed inventory. It opened in June and currently has everything you would need for an adventure, whether that be outdoors or in the kitchen.   

The store also has an event space, which is used for special occasions in OTR like Second Sundays on Main and Final Friday. There are plans to expand Goods into that event space to become a much larger store.

Three restaurants from popular chef/operators opening in downtown 84.51 Centre

The 84.51° Centre, located downtown along Race Street between Fifth and Sixth, has made a name for itself as 3CDC’s first foray into office building development, even as the building’s name changed.

When the parking garage opened in late 2014, it was the first in downtown Cincinnati to include charging stations for electric cars in its design. At that point the building was known as the Dunnhumby Centre, new headquarters for the expanding consumer research company.

Shortly before employees starting moving in in the spring, Kroger Co. acquired Dunnhumby USA and rechristened it 84.51° after the new building’s longitudinal coordinate. Reports of the creative, open office space design have been glowing.

Now come details about the development’s ground floor, which is being devoted to three new restaurants from some of Cincinnati’s most beloved chefs and restaurateurs, making it a go-to culinary destination as well. All three have relationships with 3CDC through their first restaurants.
“Restaurants create vibrant streets by driving a high volume of traffic all hours of the day and night; create safety through volume; and benefit the soft goods, retail and service businesses that surround them,” says Anastasia Mileham, vice president of communications at 3CDC. “Restaurants service people who live and work in the neighborhood as well as attract people from outside the neighborhood.”
Jose Salazar is opening Mita’s this week as a contemporary Spanish- and Latin American-inspired concept that gets its name from Salazar’s grandmother. The menu will feature tapas, ceviches, crudos, cured meats, paella and large plates as well as a wine list that will be curated to include one of Cincinnati’s largest Spanish wine collections.
The restaurant will occupy a 6,000-square-foot space at the corner of Fifth and Race streets and will be open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; the bar will serve drinks until 1 a.m. on the weekends. Salazar plans to add lunch service later this fall.

Salazar’s first business, Salazar Restaurant & Bar, has been a hit in Over-the-Rhine since opening in a renovated 3CDC building at 14th and Republic streets.
Christian Piatoso
Over the next few months, Piatoso, who owns Via Vite on Fountain Square, is opening two new restaurants. The first is in Hyde Park and will feature an Italian-inspired menu; the other will be in the 84.51° Centre to focus on more American fare.
The downtown name is under wraps, but Piatoso says the menu will feature 7-ounce steakburgers, hand-cut fries, spikeable custard milkshakes and beer. He plans to be open for lunch and dinner and has a vision for the inside of the restaurant’s interior that will draw customers in from the street.

Thunderdome Restaurant Group
Owner/operators of three Over-the-Rhine restaurants — Bakersfield and The Eagle in 3CDC developments as well as Krueger’s TavernThunderdome Group is planning a fast-casual spot at the 84.51° Centre that will open late this fall. The 9,470-square-foot space will focus on breakfast, brunch and lunch but will also serve dinner.
Although details are still being finalized, the restaurant will have a full bar and potentially be open seven days a week.

Music Off McMillan to reinforce creative placemaking in Walnut Hills

On Aug. 8, the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is launching a new creative placemaking initiative made possible by a two-year $100,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, which was facilitated through LISC. Price Hill Will also received a grant for similar activities there.

WHRF has created a work plan for initiatives that focus on economic development, physical improvements and cultural awareness.
Music Off McMillan will take place on the streets of Walnut Hills every Saturday in August and September, leading up to the Cincinnati Street Food Festival on Sept. 26. Street musicians will perform in front of Brew House, Fireside Pizza and The Greenwich as well as inside the venues.
Music Off McMillan will help emphasize the neighborhood’s music culture while boosting pedestrian traffic between local restaurants and bars.
“This is the first step in getting people to come back to Walnut Hills and get used to walking the area, visiting local businesses,” says WHRF Development Officer Joe Sandmann.
There are already a number of creative placemaking initiatives in Walnut Hills, such as the Five Points Biergarten and the neighborhood’s youth ambassador program.
“We are beginning the process of taking a cultural inventory of Walnut Hills to inform our creative placemaking programming,” Sandmann says. “Through this grant, our ability to engage the community will increase.”
WHRF is working to identify people in the community who will be valuable stakeholders with a lot to offer but haven’t been very involved with past events. WHRF plans to continue its artist-led, community-focused initiatives that can help with the economic development and creative placemaking going on in the neighborhood.
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