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Newly renovated OTR church is The Transept event space and bar

The former church at the corner of 12th and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine is now home to the neighborhood’s newest event space and bar, The Transept. The facility is already hosting events, and the bar debut and grand opening celebration are still a couple weeks away.

The $4.7 million renovation of the 150-year-old building had been in the works for many years. Michael Forgus, manager of Funky’s Catering, and business partner Josh Heuser, who heads the AGAR promotions agency, have been working on their idea for The Transept since the early 2000s. They took their concept to 3CDC in 2011, and the nonprofit developer bought the building in 2012 with an agreement that within a year Forgus and Heuser would buy it back.

The historic 1868 structure is one of a number of abandoned local churches that have found new life in recent years.
The former German Protestant church has sat vacant since 1993 and was in dire need of repairs. During the renovation process, all of the church’s original wood floors were refinished and the building’s 89 stained glass windows were preserved and repaired.
On the inside, the building is much the same as when it held church services. There are several different rooms that all flow into the transept, dividing the building in half. Now that area will house restrooms and will allow a number of events to be held in the building at once.
The South Tap Room at Transept, the event center’s bar, has a street-level entrance accessible from 12th and Elm. The 1,200-square-foot space will offer a small food menu when it opens Oct. 8 as well as a craft beer and cocktail program run by a local bar operator. It will be open to the public seven days a week.
The main part of The Transept is upstairs and has its own entrance off of Elm. The Assembly is the main floor of the church, and the Gallery is the former church’s balcony. Both spaces are perfect for weddings or concerts, with enough space to accommodate up to 600 people standing.
All of the events held at The Transept, including the bar’s food menu, will be catered by Funky’s.
The Transept hosts a grand opening event Oct. 8 to show off its event spaces, open the bar and raise funds for the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. The event is $15 for OTR Chamber members and $20 for non-members and includes appetizers and two drinks. Tickets can be purchased here.

Owners of Mecklenburg Gardens start German-inspired festival food business

Tom and Anne Harten, who have owned Mecklenburg Gardens for the past 20 years, recently broke away from the hustle and bustle of running a restaurant to focus on festivals.

They'll retain ownership of the restaurant, but Tom’s brothers are now running it day-to-day. Their new business, BeckHart, brings a twist on traditional German fare to area festivals.
BeckHart’s menu features German-inspired dishes such as a meatball slider covered with beer cheese and served on a pretzel bun, as well as goetta and beer cheese on a larger pretzel bun. Tom also has what he calls the Super Duper Pretzel Weenie, a foot-long hot dog on a 7-inch pretzel bun topped with bacon and beer cheese.
At Mecklenburg Gardens, the potato pancakes are a customer favorite, so Tom decided to do a twist on that as well, since potato pancakes are difficult to do at a festival booth. BeckHart instead serves tater tots that can be topped with beer cheese and bacon bits.
“This is really a chance for us to be more creative,” Tom says. “We don’t have to focus on our set restaurant menu and can venture out and try new things.”
Tom says he’s looked into a food truck or a brick-and-mortar location for the future, but for now he’s sticking with festivals.
“Festivals are only on the weekends, and I want to be busy all week long,” he says. “But it’s hard to find a location that has the same draw as Mecklenburg. It’s a historic gem, and nowhere I’ve seen has that history and character that I’m used to.”
But a brick-and-mortar store isn’t out of the question, he says, just not right now.
BeckHart has been at a number of festivals this fall, including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and Newport Oktoberfest, and is planning to be at Listermann Brewing’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 9. During the holiday season, BeckHart also plans to return to Fountain Square for Cincideutsch’s Christkindlmarkt, which is held on the weekends beginning Nov. 27. 

Pique provides a new artistic opportunity in Covington

Pique is Covington’s newest artistic space, combining an art gallery, workshops and classes with weekend rental living spaces. Owner Lindsey Whittle and her husband purchased the building at 210 Pike St. with the idea of turning the accompanying storefront into some type of art space.
“In the end, we decided we wanted to create a space for artists that had a lot of benefits, a sense of community and the opportunities of art academia outside of art school,” Whittle says.
The building itself is also an Airbnb, which she and co-owner Annie Brown say gives guests an immersive gallery experience.
“We had to find a way to fund the art space,” Whittle says. “We thought about starting a collective of artists who would chip in to pay for the space and then all help run it, but we realized that we were tired of artists losing money and not making money. So we started talking to people and strategizing a way to afford the space that would help promote artists instead of taking from them. We also wanted people to experience the art in every way they can, and sleeping with it gives the gallery experience a more intimate level.”
Pique is designed so that it’s always evolving and changing. The main gallery takes up the building’s entire first floor, which includes a traditional gallery space in front, and as you walk through the space there are smaller rooms that offer a more intimate setting for artwork. There’s also a community gallery that provides space for artists and the community to experiment with displaying artwork.
The plan is to have at least six shows in the main gallery each year. The community gallery is more open-ended, and the featured artists can dictate how long the show is up, from a pop-up on a weekend to a week- or month-long exhibit.
“We hope to bring awesome opportunities, attention, artists, art, ideas and experiences to Covington,” Whittle says. “To quote the Kid President: ‘If it doesn’t make the world more awesome, don’t do it.’ We want to start a movement.”
Whittle and Brown also want to connect artists with other artists as well as connect art and artists to the community.
“We hope to be a support system for creative people and hope they will pitch us their crazy ideas,” Whittle says. “We’ll do our best to find ways to help them make those ideas happen.”
Currently, Pique is featuring “Supernova Sequential,” a comic book exhibition that highlights the work of self-publishing comic book artists Clint Basinger and Joseph Morris. In the community gallery, there’s a documentation called “Climbing the Steps in INC,” by local artist Jonathan Hancock, who chronicles his experience at the International Noise Conference.
Classes and workshops are taught during the week, with the weekends reserved for Airbnb guests.

Overlook Lodge to add to business rejuvenation in Pleasant Ridge

Jacob Trevino has years of experience at Molly Wellmann’s bars, as well as Bistro Grace in Northside and the new 16+Bit Bar and Arcade in Over-the-Rhine. He’s also one of the masterminds behind Gorilla Cinema, which brings one-night movie events to different parts of the city. Most recently, Trevino and his crew hosted a Willy Wonka event, complete with candy-inspired food and drink.
He’s still working on a permanent home for Gorilla Cinema, but he’s now also planning to open a bar concept, Overlook Lodge, in Pleasant Ridge. The neighborhood has seen an uptick in new businesses, including Nine Giant Brewing and Share: Cheesebar, and Trevino is adding to that rejuvenation.
Overlook Lodge is being designed after the mountain lodge featured in The Shining, with lots of wood accents and retro wallpaper as well as a large hearth area. Trevino plans to have live bluegrass and country music on the weekends, which will add to the bar’s intimate setting.
The menu will feature rustic craft cocktails with simple but bold flavors. The signature drink, The Hatchet, is made with tequila, ginger and lime and is rimmed in Spanish spices; another drink, The Writer’s Block, will be coffee-based.
There will also be a series of “twin” drinks that reference the split personality of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining.
Although Overlook Lodge won’t serve food, trail mixes and jerky will add a twist on your typical bar snacks.  
Trevino is aiming to open Overlook Lodge on Oct. 31. Keep tabs on the bar’s Facebook page for upcoming details.

Covington to hold new business ribbon-cuttings every Friday

Starting Sept. 11, the City of Covington launches a program for new businesses through which city and community representatives hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies every Friday.
New retail and residential options will add to Covington’s current offerings and housing stock. With the success of Braxton Brewing and the soon-to-be-finished redevelopment of the Mutual Building as well as the recent groundbreaking for the Hotel Covington, the city will soon have a plethora of options to live, work and play.
The first two months of ceremonies will include openings and groundbreakings for a number of new ventures as well as a few that have relocated within the city. The Sept. 11 ribbon-cutting is for BrandFlick on Greenup Street.
BeanHaus, 640 Main St.
Owner Tim Eversole just opened a brick-and-mortar location where BeanHaus first operated in 2006 on MainStrasse. The coffee shop closed in 2010 but continued to operate at Findlay Market, where it has been for seven years. The menu will include breakfast and lunch options with an emphasis on sandwiches and, of course, coffee.
Boone Block, 406-422 Scott Blvd.
Development is underway at Boone Block, which was built in 1872. The 24,000-square-foot building will soon offer nine three-level, single-family townhomes ranging in size from 2,000 to 5,000 square feet.
Brandflick, 306 Greenup St.
Launched in 2010, Brandflick is moving into a new space above Roebling Point Books & Coffee. The multimedia company helps businesses grow their brand through video and print media.
C U Thair, 614 Washington St.
The hair salon opened in March on Greenup Street but relocated to its current location in June. And it’s not all about hair — the salon’s walls feature artwork by owner Troy Williams that celebrates hair.
Flow, 5 W. Pike St.
The men’s clothing store is moving from Scott Street, where it’s been for the past four years, to the Mutual Building. Flow is also expanding and will now have an in-store barbershop, Cutman, in the rear of the space.
Inspirado, 715 Madison Ave.
Opening on Sept. 16, Inspirado restaurant will offer something for everyone. The menu features globally inspired comfort foods as well as foodie favorites. Owner Baron Shirley plans to add a second-floor wine bar and art gallery in the near future.
Perks on Pike, 222 W. Pike St.
Perks on Pike opened this spring as Uncle Buddy’s Cafe but changed its name over the summer. The space features made-to-order salads and sandwiches as well as coffee, baked goods, soups and juices.

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.

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.

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.

Several local food truck owners taking next step and opening storefronts

Food trucks have become the meal-on-the-go option for Cincinnatians, whether it’s a business lunch or community event. After establishing themselves and their menu offerings, a number of those food truck owners are now expanding their businesses and opening brick-and-mortar locations.
Share Cheesebar
6105 Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge
Emily Frank, owner of C’est Cheese food truck, is planning to open a cheese retail shop this fall in Pleasant Ridge’s Sixty99 development next to Nine Giant Brewing. The shop will be part retail and part cheese bar, with a large selection of products and a rotating variety of cheeses, wine, beer and fresh bread.
Frank started C’est Cheese in 2011, when there were about 10 food trucks on the streets of Cincinnati. Today there are about 60, and she decided to use her love of cheese to introduce another venture in the city.
“I’ve always been a huge lover of cheese but have always been a bit intimidated by most cheese shops,” she says. “There are so many choices, and sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming and I’m hesitant to ask questions in order to learn more.”
Share Cheesebar will have a relaxed atmosphere, where customers can come in and enjoy a cheese or charcuterie plate or a glass of wine. Cheese will also be available for purchase to take to a party or home for dinner.
“The name ‘Share’ is really what we want people to do in the space,” Frank says.
Even though Frank is starting another venture, she will continue serving up the cheesy goodness from Blanche, her food truck.

Urbana Café
1206 Broadway St., Pendleton/OTR
Daniel Noguera purchased a Vespa Ape in 2013 and converted it into a mobile espresso café that’s a Findlay Market staple on the weekends. Now Noguera plans to open a brick-and-mortar café in October next to Nation Kitchen + Bar in the Pendleton area next to Over-the-Rhine.
Urbana Café will serve high-quality espresso-based drinks as well as a limited food menu with both sweet and savory options.
Noguera plans to continue his mobile coffee business and currently has two Vespas roaming the streets of Cincinnati. He has plans to expand the mobile side of his business to a nearby city, such as Louisville or Columbus.
1342 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
Chef Alfio Gulisano and his partner Scott Lambert, owners of Alfio’s Buon Cibo in Hyde Park, recently started a food truck called Che Empanadas. They’re expanding on that concept and planning to open a restaurant based on the Argentinean staple of pizza and empanadas.
Che!, which means Hey!, will open its doors in Over-the-Rhine in the fall. The restaurant will feature a large bar with Argentine wines by the glass and craft beer options as well as an outdoor dining area with a parrilla, a large outdoor grill that will feature a rotating variety of grilled meats.
The restaurant will also have an ordering window that opens onto the street, where customers can get empanadas and pizza during late-night hours.
5164 Kennedy Ave., Pleasant Ridge
The owners of Catch-A-Fire Pizza opened a café inside of MadTree Brewing in February. It’s an extension of the food truck, and the menu features items infused with MadTree beer.
Dojo Gelato
1735 Blue Rock St., Northside
Dojo Gelato has been a staple at Findlay Market for six years, and next spring owner Michael Christner plans to open a stand-alone location in the old J.F. Dairy Corner in Northside.
Christner will continue to serve his gelato, which has become a Cincinnati favorite, but will also expand Dojo’s menu with twists on traditional ice cream favorites. That menu will eventually be served at the Findlay Market location as well, as all of Dojo’s production will be moved to the new Northside location.
O Pie O
1527 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
While not a food truck, O Pie O will be expanding beyond its Findlay Market pop-up roots with a brick-and-mortar store opening soon at DeSales Corner. The store is currently hiring workers.
The pie shop will feature both sweet and savory options as well as a small menu of soups and salads. Wine, craft beer, coffee and ice cream will also be served as accompaniments.
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