Originally Posted by Reds Freak
CE, the Banks isn't a finished development. Those retailers they have announced are just the tip of the iceberg. There is still a lot of space still available that will be developed in the coming years.
Sea Ray, I couldn't tell if you were being sarcastic or not about Fountain Square, but the redevelopment of Fountain Square has been a huge success. There is nightly programming, music, events on the Square that brings in tons of people and it has spurred development around it. And CE, while there are a few chains around Fountain Square, there are a lot of independent eateries as well including Via Vite, the Brazilian steakhouse, Nada, the Penguin dueling piano bar, Nicholson's, Walnut Street Grill, Righteous Room, etc...
Well, so far I've heard no announcement for retail, and I don't really see a ton of space open for it in the plans either -- unless they're planning on building more in the space they've allocated for parks (which they should -- the city has more than enough park space on the riverfront already).
Nicholsons, Walnut Street (which is fantastic, BTW), Righteous Room, Nada, and Scene are all part of the Aronoff area. I think that area's doing very very well. Once they get that slum knocked down at the Metropole, things will be even better. Bartini opened up across from Nada, Trattoria Roma moved right next door, and Mr. Sushi is still going strong as well. If I had cash, I'd be looking to buy/rent the old Masionette building for possible conversion into a French Quarter themed bar/eatery. That area is really on the move.
Fountain Square? Totally different story. You've got one mediocre chain restaraunt (Rock Bottom), two cheap chain eateries (Potbelly & Chipotle), a chain steakhouse (Boi Na Braza), a chain fish place (McCormick's), and Via Vite. Graeters is the only saving grace on the grounds. It's awful that they didn't try to make the area "more local" as a showplace for the city -- a Skyline Chili or a LaRosas instead of the Potbelly (or, if you want a sandwich place, why not try to get Izzys to relocate?), a Habenero instead of a Chipotle, one of Ruby's places instead of Rock Bottom, etc. I get that you can't force places to locate, but I refuse to believe that Chipotle, Rock Bottom and Potbelly represented the best Cincinnati could do. That's really just one step above a TGI Fridays and a Wendys.