De Cavel plans to open eatery
Jean-Robert de Cavel plans to open a new restaurant Downtown. He hopes to open Jean-Robert's Table by Dec. 1 in the building that housed Buddakhan on Vine Street, just south of Seventh. The restaurant will feature a more casual side of French cuisine. For anyone who never ate at Maisonette or Jean-Robert at Pigall's because of the price, this will offer entrees from $15-$29 and will also be open for lunch.
Van Zandt opens in NCH
Van Zandt Restaurant and Tavern is open in North College Hill. This casual restaurant, serving pizza, sandwiches, burgers and entrees, is in the space that was once Budna Grill.
Owner Chris Hoeweler said the name honors the original name of Galbraith Road. It is at 1810 Galbraith, 513-407-6418.
Pergola closes dining unit
Pergola in Fort Thomas has closed. Open for only about 6 months, lease problems meant the owners were not able to renew their liquor license. For now, the bakery and coffee portion of the business is open
Half Day Café revamps menu
There is a new fall menu at Half Day Café, which serves breakfast and lunch in Wyoming.
The 10 new items include mushroom and brie quiche, eggs Benedict with prosciutto di Parma, eggs and charred tomato hollandaise on a griddled croissant, roasted root vegetable salad with feta cheese and maple-malt vinaigrette, and now featuring house-made bagels: curry-white poppy seed, lemon-sunflower and cinnamon-date-pecan. 1 Wyoming Ave., 513-821-2323. See the entire menu at www.halfdaycafé .org.
Burbank's shuts doors
Burbank's Barbecue in Sharonville has closed. Owner Pete Zimmer says he is working on a new concept that will be a spinoff of the barbecue theme that was originally conceived by Gary Burbank. It will probably reopen in a new location.
Crab Festival through Nov. 7
The annual crab festival at Washington Platform, Downtown, begins tonight and continues through Nov. 7. The menu includes dishes made with snow, king, blue and Dungeness crabs. 1000 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-0110.
Hennessy wine dinner Oct. 23
Eddie Merlot's in Sycamore Township is hosting a Moet Hennessy Wine Dinner on Oct. 23. It's a six-course menu with each dish paired with a glass of the wine that was used in the dish.
It includes, for instance, wild mushroom risotto infused with Domain Chandon Pinot Meunier, chive oil garni; grilled Colorado lamb chops with Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon mint and rosemary cream sauce. 6:30 p.m.; $79, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Bretton or Bill at 513-489-1212.