Northside restaurant staple getting new life, keeping the chili

Park Chili will celebrate its 100th anniversary in Northside on March 22, which coincidentally will also be its last day of operation under that name. The restaurant was recently purchased by Steven and Susan Thompson and will see new life as The Park under the direction of the Thompsons’ daughter Allie and her husband, Kevin Pogo Curtis.
Norman Phillip Bazoff started Park Chili, and it’s been in his family for 100 years. The chili recipe will remain in Northside, since the Thompsons purchased the recipe along with the restaurant.
The Park’s menu will include Cincinnati chili dishes as well as burgers and grilled cheese. Additional menu items are still in the works but will be creative, as Curtis also operated Tacocracy, which was known for its innovative taco concoctions.
Along with Park Chili, the Thompsons also purchased the four apartments above the restaurant, which will be renovated and rented. They also bought 4158 Hamilton Ave. next door, which houses a barber shop and Darou Salam Store — both will continue to operate as is.

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Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.  
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