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Formerly blighted corner is harbinger of Pleasant Ridge redevelopment


Pleasant Ridge’s signature property at the corner of Montgomery and Ridge roads is in the midst of a $2 million redevelopment. Once finished, 6099 Montgomery Road, or Sixty99, will be home to Cincinnati’s newest brewery and other businesses that add to the neighborhood’s entertainment district.
 
The two-story building dates back the 1800s, when it was a stagecoach hotel. In the late 2000s, it fell into foreclosure and sat vacant for several years. The Pleasant Ridge Development Corporation (PRDC) began to look for opportunities to redevelop and formed a partnership with Gene Levental of Cincinnati Premier Realty.
 
In 2011, PRDC won a $200,000 Neighborhood Business District Improvement Project grant from the city and used the money to purchase the building. Phase I of redevelopment included shell stabilization of the building and preparing it for future tenants.
 
“Since securing our entertainment district license, it’s always been a vision of PRDC to supplement the existing business mix with more destination businesses,” says Jason Chamlee, president of PRDC.
 
In addition to Nine Giant Brewing, two existing tenants will remain in the building: a salon above the brewery and an insurance company. There are currently three spaces awaiting tenants, which Chamlee says he hopes will be food- and beverage-based businesses.
 
“The new model of using these types of businesses as anchors can be replicated,” he says. “It used to be the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, but food and beverage businesses are the ones that will drive traffic.”
 
The three remaining storefronts vary in size, and two of the three have a shared wall that could be removed to create a larger space.
 
PRDC wants to show Cincinnati that there are great opportunities for investment and development within Pleasant Ridge and help raise the profile of the business district.
 
“We’re hoping to increase Pleasant Ridge’s customer base with this development,” Chamlee says. “We’re a very strong community, but we’re small. We’re targeting our larger nearby neighborhoods and beginning to draw people in from outside. With that, we’re working to bring attention to Pleasant Ridge. We’re trying to raise the district’s profile and the awareness of the area in the city.”
 

Nine Giant to expand local craft beer growth into Pleasant Ridge


Nine Giant Brewing will open its doors this summer in Pleasant Ridge’s newest development, Sixty99 at the prominent corner of Montgomery and Ridge roads. The brewery is the brainchild of brothers-in-law Michael Albarella, a self-proclaimed beer nerd, and Brandon Hughes, who has a business background.
 
While on a yearly family trip to North Carolina, Albarella and Hughes hatched a plan to start a brewery. This was before MadTree and Rhinegeist, and the two felt that Cincinnati was ripe for a craft beer revolution.
 
“We were definitely onto something,” Hughes says.

He quit his job last April, and he and his wife moved back to Cincinnati to start making Nine Giant a reality.
 
When Nine Giant opens its 3,400-square-ft. facility, it won’t be launching flagship beers. Instead, each of its eight taps will be dedicated to a certain category of beer — there will always be a tap dedicated to pale ale, but it could be a German pale, an American pal, a Belgian pale or something more exotic like a chile-spiked pale ale, Hughes says.
 
“We’ll revisit beers over time, but we want to have room to experiment and to have fun and offer customers a great experience every time,” he says.
 
Albarella and Hughes will also be creating beers with lower alcohol contents, although that doesn’t mean all of the beers will be "session-style," or beers lower in alcohol so you can drink more in one session. There will be high-gravity styles alongside more session style beers, and there might be an imperial IPA with a 7.5-8 percent ABV, which isn’t a session beer but is lower than most double IPAs on the market.
 
“As a taproom-only brewery, we want people to be able to try a number of our beers at one time,” Hughes says.
 
Nine Giant is also a snackery and will offer a menu of 8-10 small plates that pair well with its beers. The final launch menu isn’t set in stone yet, but Hughes says there will definitely be a charcuterie plate and riffs on traditional American bar foot, including pomme frites and deep-fried housemade pickles. Sliders might make the menu, and there will be heavy Mexican and Central American influences.
 
“We’ve always envisioned ourselves being part of a neighborhood, a community,” Hughes says. “Pleasant Ridge was perfect. The local residents really rally behind local businesses, and the support and well wishes we’ve received since announcing the brewery have been amazing. The area has a ton going for it, with affordable housing, a new elementary school and great accessibility. We’re really excited to be part of the larger economic revitalization of this proud neighborhood.”
 

Northside church renovations to yield brewery, theater, event space

Urban Artifact, formerly Grayscale Cincinnati, recently purchased the old St. Patrick's church in Northside, which was most recently home to Queen City Cookies. Plans are to renovate the church property into a brewery and event space by spring. Urban Artifact was also working on a project at the old Jackson Brewery in Over-the-Rhine, and their plans for Northside contain some of the same program elements.
 
“The church has the same reused aesthetic as the Jackson Brewery,” says Urban Artifact’s Scott Hand, who is serving as construction manager and architect for the project. “It’s a great architectural space, and preservation is big for us.”
 
The Northside property includes the church and nearby gymnasium and rectory, totaling over 20,000 square feet. The church will have a 200-seat theater upstairs in the sanctuary and a taproom, bar and smaller event space on the ground level. The gym will be home to the actual brewery, and the rectory may be the site of a future restaurant.
 
Bret Kollmann-Baker and Scott Hunter are focused on the brewery part of the project, along with Hand and his business partner, Dominic Marino. Kollmann-Baker says the taproom will have 8-12 of its own beers on tap as well as a full liquor license. The plan is to offer something for everyone and to create unique beer cocktails to introduce people to the beer.
 
There are also plans to distribute the beer to Northside bars.
 
Urban Artifact is bringing other Northside businesses into the space. New Edgecliff Theatre will perform upstairs. Groundwork Cincinnati, which is in charge of the Mill Creek bike path, is renting part of the rectory for office space and its educational outreach program.
 
Hand also hopes to create a courtyard biergarten, something that will help bring the project to the forefront of the open container entertainment district that's in the works for Northside. Urban Artifact purchased the St. Patrick property as one parcel, which means that it requires one liquor license.
 
“This facility is perfect,” Hand says. “There’s lots of density and historic elements in the neighborhood, and it would benefit from a larger venue like this. There’s nowhere that can hold 700 people here. We also get to be Northside’s brewery (and) to be the brand for local pride.”
 

CGN grant money makes creative Covington projects possible


The Center for Great Neighborhoods recently announced the recipients of eight Creative Community grants, which total over $35,000. The grants will go toward artistic and creative projects in Covington, with six of them happening in its Westside neighborhood.

216 Pike Art Wall ($5,000)
A new wall across from an open lot at 216 Pike St. will be used to display public art. The wall will include flower boxes, lighting at night and an overhang to shelter people and the artwork. Christopher J. Meyer will curate the art and will solicit work from local artists and rotate the display on a monthly basis. The art wall will prevent non-resident access to the lot, which will help improve what's been a nuisance space that attracted negative attention.

Analemmatic Sundial & Solar Light ($5,000)
David Rice will use the sun’s rays to address safety in Westside. The interactive sundial will be a 12-foot-by-6-foot half-circle, and people will use their bodies to provide the shadow-casting object to tell time. The other part of the project is installing a solar light on top of the sundial to illuminate the parking lot on Orchard Street, making it more safe and inviting.

Art on 12th ($4,321.25)
Julia Martin will install lighted artwork in the windows of an empty building on 12th Street. The original art will be created by Martin or by students in one of her community art classes. The space will also feature an Art Walk to view the pieces as well and create safety through community interaction.

B Visible: See and B Seen ($4,595)
The Coder and Maker Group for the Kenton County Library will host workshops for Covington residents and students to create clothing and bike accessories that will increase the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. There will also be a fashion show to celebrate Bike Month and Covington’s bicentennial.

CYC Crosswalk Campaign ($3,175)
The Covington Youth Commission will address safety for kids and other pedestrians on the streets around John G. Carlisle Elementary School by installing artwork in the crosswalks. They’ll be working with artist and Holmes High School teacher Donny Roundtree and youth leaders in the school's BLOCK program to design and paint the crosswalks.

Goats in Goebel ($5,000)
Gus Wolf and Lauren VanDyke Wolf will bring goats to the hillside in Goebel Park to eat and eliminate overgrowth and invasive plant species.

Orchard Park Swing ($5,000)
A group swing will be permanently placed in Orchard Park, which is currently a vacant lot. Lauren DiFulvio Wolf will donate her photography skills to hold a one-day community session and then display the prints in and around the park to attract attention and remind visitors of the neighborhood’s energy and diversity.

Pones in Public ($3,500)
The grant will be used to fund eight Pones Inc. performances that will encourage families, groups and strangers to express creativity. The performances will be free and integrated into existing community activities.
 
The funding for the Creative Community grants is made possible by The Kresge Foundation, which has given CGN a multi-year grant for creative placemaking initiatives in Covington. Other Kresge-funded projects include improving the 12th Street corridor, the rehabilitation of the historic Hellmann Lumber Mill, creating more housing opportunities and continuing to combat blight and stabilize the city.
 

Findlay Market creating incubator kitchen to help food entrepreneurs


Findlay Market took control of an Elm Street property two weeks ago, and construction is slated to begin on the market’s 8,000-square-foot incubator kitchen in May. The project will yield five industrial kitchens that will help launch and grow food-related businesses.
 
The Corporation for Findlay Market raised $2.5 million for the project and will charge between $16 and $20 per hour for use of kitchen space. The pricing structure isn’t finalized yet, but there will most likely be an additional fee for storage and tool or utensil rental.
 
“We’re excited to expand our mission to provide more resources to food entrepreneurs,” says Joe Hansbauer, president and CEO of the Corporation for Findlay Market. “The market is already a premiere location to start and grow a food-related business, and the kitchen will further remove barriers for those who are looking to launch a new idea or grow an existing successful business.”
 
Findlay Market is also focusing on removing barriers to entry for low-income and minority food entrepreneurs.
 
“I want to help them achieve their dream of starting a business and leverage their skills for making great food,” Hansbauer says.
 
The kitchen will also be used for different events, such as pop-up restaurants, cooking classes, healthy eating education and supporting farmers who are looking to make value-added products from their produce.
 
“An incubator kitchen has long been in the master plan for Findlay Market, and we’re excited to finally make it a reality,” Hansbauer says.
 
The kitchen, located at 1719 Elm St., will be completed by September at the earliest or December at the latest.

Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce is offering a tour of Findlay Market's pre-construction incubator kitchen site 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, followed by a happy hour at Rhinegeist Brewery. Get details here.
 

O Pie O opening at DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills


Cincinnati’s first pie bakery plans to open its doors this spring in East Walnut Hills. O Pie O will occupy the space at 1527 Madison Road at DeSales Corner.
 
“We want to be a gathering place for friends, families and neighbors, and we can’t think of a better place for a pie shop,” Lou Ginocchio II says, O Pie O’s co-founder and marketer.
 
Ginocchio’s partner Ian Sobeck is O Pie O’s chef and baker. The intention all along was to open a physical shop, but Sobeck had to figure out how to make pies for a lot of people. Once he got that figured out, he went down to Findlay Market and set up a tent to start selling.
 
O Pie O’s menu will feature sweet and savory pies that will rotate on a seasonal basis. On the sweet side, there will be fruit, custard and nut pies as well as small pastries made from Sobeck’s pie crust. Pies can be served a la mode or in pie shakes. The savory menu will feature pot pies, quiches and tortas, plus smaller savory options like empanadas and samosas.
 
The pies will be the cornerstone of the menu but will be complimented by soups, salads, wine, craft beer, coffee and ice cream. Lunch and dinner will be served during the week, with brunch in the mornings and a limited late-night menu.
 
O Pie O is currently available at Findlay Market, Sprout Market & Eatery, Park + Vine, Reser Bicycle Outfitters and Clifton Natural Foods. Ginocchio says they plan to continue these relationships after O Pie O opens.
 
“We have a lot in common with them,” he says. “They’re in energized neighborhoods and want the same kind of future in Cincinnati where small businesses not only thrive but are good neighbors.”

O Pie O plans to have an event at their space on Pi Day, which is March 14, even if it's before the shop is officially open.
 

Ruth's Parkside Cafe owners hoping to host American Can reunion


Built in 1921, the American Can building in Northside was home to the American Can Company, which manufactured can-making machines. After the company closed in 1963, it reopened as the Cleveland Machine Company, which used the first floor for machining purposes.
 
The building then sat vacant for almost 30 years, until it was redeveloped into 110 apartments, Ruth’s Parkside Café and Fisher Design.
 
Since Ruth’s opened in October 2013, customers have come in whose parents, relatives or themselves worked at American Can. In its heyday, the company employed about 2,500 people. Restaurant owners Mary Kroner and David Tape want to keep those memories alive by hosting an American Can reunion of sorts.
 
For now, Kroner is gathering a list of people who are interested in the idea. She’s working with a professor at the University of Cincinnati who specializes in local history, and she wants to hear what others remember about their time at American Can.
 
Details haven’t been ironed out yet, but Kroner plans to have the reunion on a Sunday (when Ruth’s isn’t open) and pass around photos, memorabilia and stories about American Can as well as learn a little more about its history.
 
If you’re interested in participating in or learning more about the American Can reunion, please email Mary Kroner at info@ruthscafe.com.
 

Newport coffee shop expanding into the space next door


Newport’s Carabello Coffee launched a Kickstarter campaign last month to raise $40,000 to purchase and renovate the next-door storefront, as well as its current space, for a new space totaling about 2,500 square feet. Since opening in 2013, Carabello has grown by about 80 percent over the past year.
 
By purchasing the building next door, owners Justin and Emily Carabello will be able to build a new roastery, training lab and slow bar. They also plan to add a larger kitchen, office and dry goods storage area.
 
“The slow bar in the new space will allow us to focus on brewing manually and put more of an emphasis on process and discussion,” Justin says. “It will be like a shop within a shop with two bars — one a social cafe devoted to curated items and signature drinks that we don't currently offer, and the other will be a slow bar for coffee geeks."
 
The slow bar, which will be located between the main café and roastery, will have limited hours at first to really focus on the education of coffee drinking.
 
“We’ve been able to introduce people to specialty coffee by doing small things like only brewing single cups in Clever Coffee Drippers after 11 a.m. and offering classic-sized espresso drinks, as well as Chemex brewing,” Justin says. “We’re able to talk to people about coffee and be a very approachable coffee shop.”
 
Carabello’s roastery will be moved to the prime spot in the building and be clearly visible from the sidewalk and the street. A new area will be designed for wholesale customer training, classes and staff cuppings, as well as work stations for customers who want to stay and work for a few hours.
 
The Carabellos are working with Work Architecture + Design, a smaller firm that specializes in historic adaptive reuse projects. Renovations will include gutting the current space and change the floor plan. Justin says the two buildings were separate but were joined together on the deed at some point. He plans to blow a hole in the brick wall that separates the two spaces and connect them internally.

"We hope our expansion will help to further economic development in the Monmouth Street business district," Justin says.

The Kickstarter campaign ended Dec. 30 and beat its goal, raising over $42,000.

Carabello will remain open during the renovation process and hope to have both spaces fully operational by early fall.
 

Covington caterer partners with local businesses for food endeavors


After moving to Covington a few months ago, Four Seasons Catering is embedding itself in the local community by partnering with emerging businesses.

On Jan. 15, Four Seasons will take over the food service at Gateway Community & Technical College and create a gourmet but affordable menu for students and faculty. They’re also working on a menu for Braxton Brewery, which is slated to open this spring. And soon customers will be able to stop in at Four Seasons' storefront location and try items from Braxton’s upcoming menu.
 
The new location is 11 W. Seventh St. in downtown Covington, after Four Seasons opened in Florence two and a half years ago. The caterer did over 100 weddings, corporate events and private parties last year and has even more in the works for 2015.
 
“When we moved to Covington, we saw the renaissance happening here and wanted to be part of that,” says chef and owner Michael Gayon. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, where he studied to be a saucier, and has worked in a number of high-end restaurants in NYC and Seattle.
 
The storefront contains a 1,200-square-foot commercial kitchen, a front-of-the-house meeting room for clients and a to-go-only deli and bakery. The menu features soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods made by Gayon’s wife, Melinda. Her specialty is a cinnamon roll that Gayon says is "to die for."

Four Seasons is also working on creating other local partnerships, including with a local limousine company for VIP jet service, and will continue creating pastries and soups for Left Bank Coffeehouse, with the hopes of expanding the shop’s food offerings. 
 
Gayon also plans to host two "flash kitchen" dinners. The first, Chill, is on July 31 and will feature a 10-course meal of gourmet iced foods. The second, Dark, is set for Dec. 31, when guests will be seated and then all the lights turned off. Servers will have on night vision goggles, and all of the food will be eaten without utensils.
 
“These dinners are a blast,” Gayon says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s minds and to serve something like grilled watermelon cut into different shapes.”
 
Four Seasons’ deli is currently open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. During the summer, it will be open on Saturdays, too, with expanded hours when Braxton opens.
 

E+O Kitchen opening in popular Hyde Park spot


The restaurant most recently known as Dancing Wasabi will soon be a new concept when E+O Kitchen, whose name is taken from Chicago-based Chef Rodelio Aglibot’s restaurant Earth and Ocean, opens later this month.
 
The restaurant, located at 3520 Edwards Road off Hyde Park Square, has seen a number of different concepts in the past few years, including Beluga and sushi restaurant Dancing Wasabi. Owners Mike Hama and Lee and Nick Grammas like to redesign the space every few years to keep things interesting.
 
Aglibot is designing the menu, which will be Asian-inspired with a Latin flare. Local Chef Owen Maass will head up the kitchen. He's the former chef at Cumin in Hyde Park and is returning to town after a stint in Columbus.
 
The restaurant space is being redesigned to let in more light and will be more organic and rustic looking. The building used to be a house, and the ceilings have been raised and the windows have been opened up.
 
E+O Kitchen will serve lunch, brunch and dinner and will have a moderately priced menu.
 

Circus Mojo bringing another brewery to Northern Kentucky


Paul Miller, owner of Circus Mojo in Ludlow, Ky., is once again driving economic development in the city. This spring, he plans to open Bircus Brewing Co., which will combine the circus with a brewery.
 
Miller got the idea for a bircus after visiting Ghent, Belgium, where performers at Circusplaneet earn money to operate their circus by selling beer. He got permission to license the concept and plans to use Belgian-inspired recipes for Bircus beer.
 
He also partnered with Marc Wendt of BrandFuel Co. to design the Bircus concept from the ground up.
 
When Miller bought the old Ludlow Theater five years ago, there wasn’t much going on Ludlow — there wasn’t even a grocery store. Now, there’s a grocery store, a new art gallery, two coffee shops, three restaurants and a soon-to-be distillery.
 
“Ludlow used to have more bars than anywhere in Greater Cincinnati,” Miller says. “It was a railroad town, and there were three different shifts on the railroad, with about 10 bars that workers frequented. We want Bircus to be a place where people come and can find a beer that they like, a beer for the every man.”  
 
Bircus will take over part of the theater, which is the current home of Circus Mojo. Miller also owns an old church around the corner from the theater, and he plans to move the Institute of Social Circus to the church to make room for the brewery and taproom.
 
In order to open the brewery, a number of renovations need to be done to the theater, including installing a ticket booth and marquee out front, putting on a new roof and creating a VIP balcony for private events in the old projection booth. Miller says that not much needs to be done to the building’s interior because it was a factory after the movie theater closed and was stripped down to the bones.
 
Miller recently got the building on the National Register of History Places. Because of that designation, Bircus will receive state and federal historic tax credits for renovation purposes. Miller also was approved by the Kentucky Department of Transportation for a tourism development loan to help with the project.
 
Ten percent of the profits from Bircus will be donated to the Social Circus Fund, which helps underwrite programs for children in Ludlow, nursing homes and hospitals. Bircus will also help bring more circus performers to the area, and Miller hopes to sell enough beer to bring a circus from Belgium to Ludlow.

And the bar or restaurant that sells the most Bircus beer during a given period will get a visit from Circus Mojo performers.
 
“I want to drive more international traffic to Greater Cincinnati,” Miller says. “I want to keep leveraging unique opportunities and expertise.”
 
Bircus is still looking for a brewmaster, and Miller is planning to hold interviews on Jan. 31.
 

Northside's Barrio Tequileria changes owners, updates menu


Northside’s Barrio Tequileria opened in spring 2013 but closed after just a few months in business. Chuck Eberle and Thomas Placke recently reopened the restaurant and have updated the menu to include Tex-Mex favorites.
 
“Over the last 12 years, we’ve formed a bond over our love of food and drink and the different cultures they’re associated with,” Placke says. He and Eberle own 3TC Entertainment Group, Barrio’s parent company.
 
The pair revamped the menu to feature Tex-Mex dishes that combine items from the past owner’s menu with Texas-style favorites. Menu highlights include a build-your-own Barrio — a half-pound burger, grilled chicken breast or black bean veggie burger with a variety of toppings — as well as pulled pork and smoked beef brisket sandwiches, with the option of adding the smoked meat to tacos, nachos, quesadillas and burritos.
 
Barrio still has a wide variety of tequila and specialty cocktails, but Eberle and Placke also added local and national craft beers in cans, bottles and drafts, which will rotate often. 
 
Barrio will also feature local artists and bands on the weekends as well as weekly open mic jazz night on Tuesday, trivia on Wednesday and karaoke on Thursday. Brunch will soon be served on Saturday and Sunday, featuring bloody Mary/Maria, margarita, mimosa and belini specials, plus an add-your-own-garnish bar. The patio is dog-friendly and has giant Jenga, Connect 4 and cornhole. There’s also a roast your own s’mores dessert menu and dog-bone shaped treat menu for the pups.
 
“The excitement in Northside’s South Block area is growing tremendously, with the grand reopening of Barrio along with The Littlefield and soon-to-be Arcade Legacy and Tajine sandwich shop,” Placke says of the neighborhood's stretch of Spring Grove Avenue. “We hope to continue to add to this excitement.”
 

Goodfellas Pizzeria now open on Main Street in OTR


Eric Boggs and Alex Coats, owners of Goodfellas Pizzeria, opened their newest restaurant at 1211 Main St. in Over-the-Rhine on New Year’s Eve. They also have two locations in their native Lexington and one in Covington.
 
Goodfellas OTR is in the former Mayberry space, which was completely gutted and renovated by Urban Expansion. A second floor was added, and the attic was turned into a mezzanine. There’s also a two-level outdoor patio and bar, with a bar on the ground floor.
 
The bar is designed like a 1920s speakeasy, with bourbon barrels and old crates used as decoration throughout the restaurant. Goodfellas specializes in pre-Prohibition-style cocktails and whiskey as well as pizza. The three bars will also feature craft beer.
 
Coats’ family is from Long Island, N.Y., and the pizza served at Goodfellas is New York-style — it’s made with hand-tossed crust, fresh ingredients and homemade sauce. Pizza can be purchased by the slice or in whole pies.
 
Goodfellas also has an ice program, which includes flavored ice, different types of ice and big blocks of ice that are chipped away at to chill drinks.  
 
Goodfellas is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday-Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday-Sunday. Lunch specials Monday-Friday include a slice of pizza, a side and a drink for $6.
 

Cincinnati's beer culture still on the rise


Greater Cincinnati has become a craft beer Mecca in recent years. The last quarter of 2014 has seen much of that growth, with new breweries and bottle shops popping up all over the city. The local demand for craft beer is driving growth, of course, but so is each brewer’s passion for making beer.
 
With extended family in town for the holidays, this might be the perfect time to check out some of these places.
 
Blank Slate Brewing Company
4233 Airport Road, East End

Started in 2011 by Scott LaFollette, Blank Slate has grown from a draft-only distribution operation into a taproom. PourHouse opened in late November and features eight rotating taps.
 
The Growler House
1526 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
The Growler House features 40 taps, 20 of which are dedicated to local breweries. It opened Dec. 2 and allows customers to stop in, sample a beer and then have a pint or fill up a 64-oz. growler to take home.
 
River Ghost
Erlanger, Ky.
Rhinegeist just launched distribution in Northern Kentucky and will be delivering to restaurants and grocery stores in the region. River Ghost will also be delivering wine from an undisclosed customer and plans to distribute beer from other local craft breweries in the near future.
 
Tap and Screw Brewery
5060 Crookshank Road, Covedale
The owners of Tom & Jerry’s Sports Bar added a brewery and taproom onto their existing restaurant. Tap and Screw opened to the public on Dec. 19 and will feature craft beer and local wines. The restaurant revamped its menu, and because the restaurant already has a liquor license the taproom also has a full bar.
 
Keep an eye out for the following ventures, too. They’re not open yet, but there's already a lot of buzz surrounding these spots.
 
Braxton Brewery
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Evan Rouse, a six-year homebrewer, and brewing veteran Richard Dube are the masterminds behind Braxton Brewery. They plan to have 15-20 beers on tap, with both core and seasonal beers. The opening date is still up in the air, but early 2015 is the plan.
 
Casual Pint
Location TBD
Tennessee-based Casual Pint will offer 30 rotating taps of local and regional beers, which will be available by the pint or in growlers to take home. The food menu will include bar food staples like soft pretzels with beer cheese and wings. It’s slated to open in the third quarter of 2015 and will be the first location outside of Tennessee.
 
DogBerry Brewing
7865 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester
Cincinnati’s first nanobrewery plans to open in the next few weeks. DogBerry will have 10 beers on tap, including their year-round rye pale ale, IPA, Kolsch, brown ale, blonde ale and five seasonals.
 
Fibonacci Brewing Company
1445 Compton Road, Mt. Healthy
Labeled as an ultranano brewery, Fibonacci will have a one-barrel system that will allow for about 300 beers per batch. Owners Bob and Betty Bollas plan to have an Imperial IPA, a Kolsch and an Imperial Stout on tap to start with when the taproom and brewery open in the spring.
 
Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co.
530 York St., Newport
Wiedemann beer recently came back on the market when Jon Newberry bought the brand rights. He plans to open a brewery and taproom in Newport’s WaterTower Square, which he hopes to have up and running by Reds Opening Day 2015.
 

12 Cincinnati projects receive $30 million in state historic tax credits


Across the state, a total of $41.8 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits was awarded to 31 organizations that plan to rehabilitate 35 historic buildings. Projects range from new office, hotel, retail and event spaces to 792 new market-rate housing units and the preservation of 279 affordable housing units.

Twelve Cincinnati projects were granted almost $30 million in state historic tax credits, with the bulk going to the Music Hall renovation project.

51 E. Clifton Ave., Over-the-Rhine
Project cost: $750,000
Tax credit: $147,000
Built in 1890 as tenement housing for the workers at OTR’s breweries and other industries, the building has been vacant for a number of years. It will be redeveloped into seven market-rate apartments.

1200 and 1208 Main St., OTR
Project cost: $3,231,129
Tax credit: $320,000
Wurst & Lorentz opened a “fancy goods store” in 1887 at 1200 Main St. The property has housed a number of dry goods, millinery and butcher shops and is currently vacant. Urban Sites plans to redevelop the two buildings into 19 apartments with first-floor retail space.

1317 Republic St., OTR
Project cost: 1,494,669
Tax credit: $199,000
Built in 1878, the Greek Revival building has been vacant for several years. Grandin Properties plans to redevelop the first three floors of the building into six apartments.

1319 Republic St., OTR
Project cost: $1,494,669
Tax credit: $199,000
Also built in 1878, this building is the twin of 1317 Republic St. Grandin Properties will redevelop the vacant site into six apartments, and both projects will complement others from the company in the block, including the former Emanuel Community Center and two buildings on 13th Street.

1405 Clay St., OTR
Project cost: $1,101,746
Tax credit: $180,000
Built between 1885 and 1890, the currently vacant property will be rehabbed into four apartments and first-floor retail by Urban Sites.

4089 Langland St., Northside
Project cost: $770,760
Tax credit: $150,000
This building once housed a café and boarding house but was most recently used by a lumber company. It’s been vacant since 2005 and will eventually house Wire & Twine Design Studios and a coworking space as well as two residential units.

Ambassador Apartments, 722 Gholson Ave. and 3415 Reading Road, Avondale
Project cost: $9,410,866
Tax credit: $913,751
Opened in 1929, Ambassador Apartments has been challenged with a number of maintenance issues. The Community Builders recently acquired the property and plans to renovate the 18 units so they can continue to be affordable housing.

Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., OTR
Project cost: $127,500,000
Tax credit: $25 million
The national historic landmark was dedicated during Cincinnati’s fourth May Festival in 1878 and is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and May Festival and is managed by Cincinnati Arts Association. Rehab plans include upgrading building systems and handicap accessibility, improving operational efficiency and reopening and refreshing the exterior facades in order to increase the number of events held in the space.

Crescent Court Apartments, 3719 Reading Road, Avondale
Project cost: $8,370,356
Tax credit: $249,999
Built in 1911, Crescent Court Apartments was recently acquired by The Community Builders. The 37 affordable housing units will be redeveloped as part of a larger project planned for the neighborhood.

Heberle School, 2015 Freeman Ave., West End
Project cost: $11,189,704
Tax credit: $1,834,000
The Heberle School is one of several vacant schools in the neighborhood and will be converted into 59 apartments. It’s the first project in the West End to utilize state historic tax credits.

Poinciana Apartments, 3522 and 3639 Reading Road; 610 and 615 Maple Ave., Avondale
Project cost: $20,279,443
Tax credit: $440,202
Built in 1908, The Community Builders will redevelop the 44-unit building as part of a larger project in the neighborhood. Along with three other properties, the project will yield clean, safe, affordable housing.

Somerset Apartments, 802 Blair Ave., Avondale
Project cost: $5,892,147
Tax credit: $249,999
The apartments were built in 1869, and The Community Builders will rehab and preserve the existing 30 apartments.  
 
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