Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Personally, I think it would be great to have a German-style restaurant/beer garden in the Banks to play on Cincinnati's German heritage. Not something on the scale of the Hofbrauhaus mind you, but something smaller. And rather than focusing on the beer, the focus would be on the food.
My idea for a restaurant would be in the style of a local German kneipe/gaststube. The menu would include some German standards folks are familiar with, but also have some Austro-Hungarian/Czech/Northern Italian fare as well. I'd work with a local butcher to get a selection of sausages as authentic to the German originals as possible. The restaurant would have a beer garden for good weather and a grill open to the street, where I would sell sausages on house-baked rolls to those walking by on their way to the game. Beyond just the standard bratwurst, I'd offer kaesekrainers, bosnas/currywurst, weisswurst, and other such street food typical of Germany and Austria.
Once that restaurant is successful, I would go for the real Authentic German experience and open up a Doner Kebab next door.
Just my opinion but traditional German food is disgusting. Its a nitch market and I don't think traditional German food would work. Cincinnati may have been a German town but I think the Moerline house is about as German as it could get to work.
I do think that some kind of unique restaurant would really be cool at the banks. I think it would be very cool to have something unique and local down at the banks. Some of the best restaurants in the city are small local joints that have no other locations. There is a deli over in Mt Lookout on Observatory that is a very cool concept that I think would work down on the banks. Its more of an European style where you get deli sandwhiches and such. You get some thing like that and enable people to go over to a park and eat and you could have a great restaurant.