Mayberry announces expanded hours at popular new Downtown eatery

It has not taken long for Chef Joshua Campbell's Mayberry restaurant in downtown Cincinnati to catch the attention of food lovers.  Even though the restaurant has only been open a few short weeks, Mayberry's owners are already planning new weekend and evening hours to meet the demands of the dedicated supporters that have flocked there.

"Before we even opened our doors, people were asking us when we'd be adding weekend hours. We wanted to make sure we got the swing of things before we added those hours, but now we're ready," said Chef Josh Campbell, owner of Mayberry and World Food Bar in historic Findlay Market.

The new Friday and Saturday dinner hours will feature a separate menu which will change weekly, like the lunch menu, depending upon what is in season.  

"We don’t want to nail ourselves down to a set menu because it’s important for me to prepare and serve the best dishes possible. I want to be able to go to markets and buy the best ingredients to serve to our guests," Campbell said.

In addition to the new dinner hours which run from 5:30pm to 9pm, Mayberry also added a new Sunday brunch from 10am to 2pm. Campbell did note that the new dinner hours are flexible.  

"We will definitely be open through 9pm, but if the crowds are there, we will stay open until everyone has been fed," he said.  

The restaurant is currently in the process of obtaining a liquor license, but until that time guests are able to bring their own alcoholic beverages for the new weekend dinner hours.  The new weekly dinner menus will be featured on World Food Bar's Facebook Page and on their Twitter account.

For their first weekend of dinner hours, Chef Campbell prepared a crispy pork belly with Frank's RedHot butter and cheddar grits and short ribs with creamed corn and smoked bacon, along with a variety of other items.  There will also be select lunch menu items that will be rotated onto the weekly dinner menus.

"Without Twitter, I would have not been able to see their menu online, see photos of their entrees, or ulitmately been lured in for lunch," said Downtown resident and worker Thadd Fiala.  "Once I was in there, I was hooked...the star of the show is their BLT.  I dream sweet dreams about the sandwich, and when you pair it with Mayberry's Tater-Tot casserole, it's a match made in lunchtime heaven."

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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