McDulin’s Pub opens in Sycamore Township
There’s a new neighborhood pub in the Sycamore Township/Deer Park area.
McDulin’s Pub is at 8450 Blue Ash Road, at the corner of Kugler Mill in Sycamore Township, in the space that was previously Stagge’s Salon. John McDulin said he and business partners Kyle Pleiman and Tom Willingham gutted and remodeled the space, redoing the floors, kitchen and bathrooms. There is seating for 60 inside, with room for more on a deck (complete with a TV) out back. McDulin said he hopes the space has a “neighborhood bar” feel.
McDulin’s has eight beers on tap and 15 rotating bottled selections that include craft and local beers, and there’s a full bar.
McDulin, who owned Camargo Tavern (now Westy’s Pub) in Madeira years ago, said he plans to add food within the next week. He’ll serve wings, pizza by the slice, calamari, chicken tenders and homemade soup.
4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday. When the kitchen opens, which should be within the next week, hours will be 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
Wunderbar serving beer, German cuisine in Covington
For inspiration for his new bar and restaurant, Marshall Mann drew upon his early years attending Fairview German Language School in Clifton and Covington’s German heritage.
Mann, who recently returned to the area after 13 years in New York, and his business partner, Joe Calhoun, opened Wunderbar at 1132 Lee St. (at 12th Street) in Covington a few weeks ago, serving authentic German food and German import and craft beers. The menu, which changes frequently, includes house-made sausages, potato salad, riesen brezels (giant pretzels), krautsalat (cabbage salad) and specials, which have included zwiebelkuchen, a savory onion pie, and potato pancakes. Everything is made in-house, from the sausages to the mustard to top them with, using as many local ingredients as possible, Mann said.
To wash it down, there are about 30 bottled beers, including German, local and craft selections such as Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock, Reissdorf Kölsch and Christian Moerlein Helles. Eventually, Mann will have six local or German beers on draft (he has two already).
Inside, a row of picnic tables made at Grant Vocational School in Bethel gives Wunderbar a German bier haus feel, Mann said. There are also plenty of German knick-knacks, including a cuckoo clock and the front end of a VW bus that makes a good place to pose for photos. There are seats for about 50 inside, and there’s an outdoor patio.
11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday, with happy hour specials from 4-8 p.m. daily.
859-815-8027 or www.facebook.com/WunderbarCovington.
Blue Buffalo Tavern opens in Highland Heights
Ezra Castle and Jeff Heuser, owners of the Hayloft Tavern in Alexandria and Skinny Legs Pub & Grill in Bellevue, opened a new restaurant/bar in Highland Heights this week.
Blue Buffalo Tavern is at 1972 Alexandria Pike, less than half a mile from NKU, and has a menu similar to Hayloft and Skinny Legs, with burgers, fish tacos, salads, chicken, appetizers and daily specials, Castle said, noting that everything is homemade on-site.
The space, which was formerly another pub, has been completely rehabbed. Between the full bar and the dining area, there is space for 110, Castle said.
Kitchen hours are 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The bar stays open later, until midnight Sunday-Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
859-916-5197 or www.facebook.com/BlueBuffaloTavern
Roy Rogers changes name to Roney’s
Passersby on Ohio 32 may have noticed the name on the giant wagon sign now reads “Roney’s” instead of “Roy Rogers.”
Fans of the cowboy-themed restaurant need not worry. The only thing changing is the name. The menu and decor will remain the same, said general manager David Loftspring.
The change came after the company who owned the right to the name “Roy Rogers” decided to make changes to the menu and restaurant.
Now running an independent restaurant instead of a franchise, Loftspring said he decided on the new name from the restaurant’s location, 474 Roney Lane.
Roney’s hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The dining room closes a half-hour earlier. Cash only.
The downtown Benihana restaurant has closed for good. The company notified customers by email Friday. The Springdale location remains open at 50 Tri-County Parkway. 513-772-4800 or www.benihana.com