Cincinnati restaurants that opened or closed in October

Cincinnati restaurants that opened or closed in October

From a retro dive bar to Cincinnati’s most opulent new steakhouse, we noticed numerous exceptional openings in October. We additionally noticed one of many first new eating places open in Mount Adams in years, in addition to the addition of a great Jamaican place at Findlay Market. There have been, after all, a couple of farewells, together with an East Walnut Hills restaurant that former Enquirer meals critic Polly Campbell as soon as counted among the 3 best restaurants of 2019. Learn on to seek out out extra.

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Eating places open in October

Y’all Cafe, Covington

Positioned subsequent to Butler’s Pantry covington market, this southern style cafe will embody burgers, Thai lettuce wraps and chimichurri tacos with braised pork, rooster or pickled greens and onions on a corn tortilla. Personally, I am unable to wait to attempt the River Facet Sizzling Brown, with smoked turkey, hickory-smoked bacon, tomato, and home made cheese sauce on sourdough bread.

50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, 859-292-1699,

Island Flavors, Findlay Market

After a couple of years at Findlay Market, Detroit native Ebony Williams opened a brick-and-mortar Jamaican soul restaurant in Findlay Market. After all, it is a small house, a part of Findlay Kitchen Incubation Program, however the flavors are nice. Williams was born in Detroit to a West African mom and an African American father. She realized to prepare dinner below the steerage of her Jamaican stepfather.

The menu contains chili wood-smoked jerk rooster, ribs, collard greens, cornbread, goat curry stew, fried plantains, and oxtail stew with butter beans (though this final is a seasonal dish).

1807 Elm St., Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine; 513-421-4753, Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday; closed Monday to Tuesday.

Chez Oncle Leo, Over-the-Rhine

Previously (and really briefly) often known as Bar Bar, this retro dive bar is of Cincinnati restaurant business veterinarian LeRoy Ansley (previously of the Senate and Pearl Star) and his spouse, Jamie Ansley, who additionally works on the OTR bar Low Spark. Uncle Leo’s, which goals to turn out to be each a neighborhood bar and a late-night restaurant business, focuses totally on cocktails (Manhattans, quaint and mules) and cheap beers (Coors Banquet beer is prominently on the menu). Modest meals choices embody nachos and fries, although the Ansleys plan to put in a smoker to allow them to provide wings and different objects.

1709 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Observe them on Fb for extra info on

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Downtown

Jeff Ruby’s new flagship restaurant, situated simply throughout from Fountain Sq., has an expensive eating room with Artwork Deco-style crimson velvet banquettes, lacquered wooden paneling, and palm bushes planted in silver urns. Vintage chandeliers solid their tender mild right here whereas manhattans and old school are ready in a bar subsequent to a desk. The place is big, twice as huge because the outdated one and a minimum of 5 instances extra breathtaking. Jeff Ruby is in every single place. If not in particular person, within the type of the numerous larger-than-life portraits that adorn the restaurant.

505 Vine St., Downtown, 513-784-1200, Opening hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 4pm-9pm Sunday.

Hi there honey, downtown

This ice cream and sweet retailer, with areas in Fort Thomas and East Walnut Hills, has formally opened its new downtown location. The store is understood for its rotating choice of home made ice lotions that embody praline toasted nuts, honey lavender, and cookies and pies.

725 Race Avenue, 513-399-7986. Opening hours: 1pm-9pm Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, 1pm-10pm Friday to Saturday; closed on Mondays.

Luca Bistro, Mount Adams

Mount Adams (lastly) says hiya to a model new restaurant inside the previous Daveed house on Hatch Avenue. Luca Bistro is an all-day cafe and restaurant serving every thing from chocolate croissants for breakfast to niçoise salad or croque-monsieur sandwiches for lunch and Provençal rooster or mussels and fries for dinner . It’s owned by chef Frédéric Maniet, a local of the French city of Vaucluse and a veteran of the Queen Metropolis Membership and the College Membership.

934 Hatch Avenue, Mount Adams, 513-628-5345, Name or verify the restaurant’s web site for up-to-date hours of operation.

French Crust (not new, however it’s open for dinner once more!)

Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel has reintroduced dinner service at his French Crust Bistro for the primary time since final spring. And he employed chef Kevin Worthington, a mainstay of the Cincinnati restaurant scene for the reason that Eighties — with stints at Mullane’s, Palomino, Jeff Ruby’s, Spazzi and the Gaslight Bar & Grill — to supervise the kitchen. Dishes embody snails in garlic butter, duck cassoulet, roast pork, home made sausages, baked beans and greens, and braised ribs with heirloom grits, bacon and fall greens.

1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-455-3720. The brand new dinner hours are 4-8:15 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For full hours, go to

Eating places closed in October

Department, East Walnut Hills

The Littlefield Restaurant Group announced the closure of the subsidiary by fb.

“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce that now we have determined to shut Department’s doorways,” the put up learn. “Whereas we’re unhappy to say goodbye, we’re additionally full of immense gratitude. We thank all of the teammates, visitors and members of the neighborhood who’ve supported us. We want you nothing however the perfect.”

The restaurant’s floor ground bar, Evening Drop, can also be closed. Each areas had been situated within the former Central Belief Financial institution constructing, which opened in 1921 and had stood vacant for 50 years earlier than Littlefield spent $1.2 million to renovate it, WCPO reported.

Pavement Cafe, Fort Thomas

A tragic and notable closure that I missed in August was the Cobblestone Cafe in Fort Thomas. After 17 years in enterprise, the restaurant’s house owners (mom and daughter duo Jen Black and Brenda Spade) have introduced their intention to retire. (Properly, Brenda is retiring. Jen will concentrate on her household). “We have been blessed to have served superb folks over the previous 17 years,” Brenda informed me. However all shouldn’t be misplaced. She and Jen are promoting a cookbook to show followers the right way to make among the restaurant’s hottest dishes at house. You should purchase it by visiting

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