Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I'm very excited by the Morelein Brewery's opening -- I plan on being there opening night and, hopefully, a lot this summer before and after Reds games.
Toby Keith's place does very little for me. I haven't checked it out yet, but from what friends have told me it's pretty much the same type of crowd/vibe that Cadillac Ranch used to have before it (thankfully) shut down. Of course, I really don't care for country music, so that might have something to do with my feelings.
Ruth's Chris continues a disappointing trend for food at the banks. When they announced the project, I was hoping they would find a way to avoid chain restaurants (or, at the very least, avoid large national chains). Instead, we've ended up with a decidedly normal Johnny Rockets -- a place that would be about 20th on my list of "best burgers" in town -- and now a Ruth's Chris (because if there's one thing Cincinnati, home of Jeff Ruby's / Precinct / Mortons / Boi na Braza, needs it's another steakhouse).
If it were me, I'd have tried to pitch some local people (like maybe a LaRosa's sports bar that doubles as a late-night pizza window) or tried to at least bring in some different types of food -- a good Greek place, an open-air Mexican cantina like they have in the arena-district in Columbus, etc.
Our tastes are probably similar, but I think the Banks is doing the best if can. Toby Keith's does seems much more live music based than I think Cadillac Ranch was. There is a different act every night, and a lot of them seem like local acts (from what I gather from the posts that pop up on my Facebook feed) (yes, in a judgment-impaired moment brought on by multiple mason jars full of beer I may have "liked" Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grille on Facebook). I don't think Cadillac Ranch had that (but again I hardly ever went there). Nor did I see a mechanical bull at Toby Keith's!
Yes, I agree, the last thing on earth we need is another steakhouse. I am a huge Morton's fan and am concerned this will be the beginning of the end for it. I am not a fan at all of Ruth's Chris, but some people swear by it.
Also, Holy Grail is locally owned. And a local place called Mahogany's
(which offers "upscale soul food" and has a location in Hamilton) is opening soon. And the brewery seems like not just a unique local place, but a place that will celebrate a cool part of Cincinnati's history. I agree I wish there was a LaRosas, Greaters, Skyline, or something similar, but maybe things like that will happen when the whole development is done (several years from now).
When they first started talking about the Banks, I was in high school. Now, my 20 year reunion is much closer than I would care to admit. Anything, frankly, is better than the gaping hole in the ground that was there between the stadiums for a decade plus.