New truck Bones’ Burgers serves grass-fed burgers
Curtis Bonekemper uses Greenacres beef in the burgers he sells from his food truck: raised locally 100% on grass. That’s a pretty unusual claim for any restaurant, let alone one on wheels. You can find his truck, Bones’ Burgers, serving them up for lunch at various suburban office parks or sometimes late night by Animations bar in Oakley.
“I started with the taste,” said Bonekemper. “I’m a beef lover–I like a good steak. But it’s an earth-friendly choice, too, and that’s catching on.”
He puts them on a Klosterman bun, tops with tomato and lettuce from local growers whenever he can get them, or fancier toppings like sauteed onion and pepper, avocado and pineapple, offers 7-15 cheeses, from American to cave-aged gruyere and wasabi gouda. He also offers a veggie burger made by The Veg Head in Loveland, and a wild-caught salmon burger. And you can get Parmesan french fries or 5-spice sweet potato fries.
Bonekemper has a full-time restaurant job, so the burger truck’s out mostly for lunch. There’s a regular schedule on his website: www.bones-burgers.com.
Night Owl Market coming to Main for Final Fridays
The party can just keep going into the morning after Final Fridays on Main Street when Night Owl Market opens for the first time on July 27.
The Market is a place for food trucks and other vendors to set up and catch the late-night crowds on that one night a month when Main Street becomes an especially popular place for art shows, open houses, music and visiting the bars.
Sally Yoon said she and her friend Nadia Laabs, who both work at P&G and live downtown, saw a need for late-night food options in the entertainment district just north of Central Parkway. “We thought we’d go ahead and start something instead of wishing it was there,” she said.
So they’ve rented the parking lot at Central Parkway and Main for the 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on the last Fridays of the month. Vendors including the new C’est Cheese grilled cheese truck, Sugar Snaps, EAT, Fireside pizza, Coldstone Mobil and Cafe de Wheels are scheduled to be there, plus food booths including Pho Lang Thang and Cincinnati Bag Ladies.
If it’s successful, they’ll think about expanding to more days during the month.
Five Guys opens at the Levee
The new Five Guys Burgers and Fries at Newport on the Levee has opened. It’s on the exterior Riverwalk Level, in the former Johnny Rockets space.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Mac’s to open second pizza pub on Wooster Pike
Mac’s Pizza Pub in Clifton Heights will soon have a second outpost on Wooster Pike, on the Fairfax-Mariemont border.
Mac Ryan, who owns the restaurant near UC, purchased the Wooster Tavern, which he closed July 1 and is currently cleaning, redecorating, painting a mural and improving the patio, which he says he’ll make more user-friendly by adding trees, a trellis, lighting and landscaping. He’s also adding a private party and meeting room.
He said the new Mac’s Pizza Pub (nicknamed “Mac’s on the Pike”) will have a similar vibe to the Clifton Heights restaurant, though it will be a little less “collegiate.”
The menu, too, will essentially be the same, though Ryan plans to keep a few of the most popular Wooster Tavern dishes (including a tater tot bowl with ranch dressing and cheddar), and he’s adding a children’s menu.
“That neighborhood appears to be lacking a neighborhood bar, and we’re going to try to fill that void,” he said.
Speaking of the bar, more than 100 beers will be available, and there will be more wine options than at the Clifton Heights store, Ryan said.
Ryan said he’s planning on a soft opening Sept. 1, followed by a grand opening Sept. 10.
271-MACS (Mac’s on the Pike); 241-MACS (Mac’s on McMillan); www.macspizzapub.com
Roadkill Cafe back at Washington Platform
Washington Platform, the Downtown restaurant famous for its oyster festival, brings back their Roadkill Cafe for a second year.
No, nothing has been scraped off a roadway; but it features “alternative meats” such as wild boar, buffalo, frog, rabbit, duck, venison, pigeon. . . .
It is offered through August 2.
1000 Elm St., Downtown. 513-421-0110, www.washingtonplatform.com
Senate stops brunch
After a few Sundays of busy brunch business, Senate restaurant in the Gateway Quarter will not be offering brunch after all.
Owners Daniel and Lana Wright recently had twin baby boys and decided an extra day of service at the restaurant wasn’t compatible with family life. “I’ve only had two days off since they were born,” said Dan Wright.
• Painted Fish in Northside announced on its Facebook page that its last day was Saturday.