Hot Doggin' It turns into a truck
Remember the hot dog shop up in Symmes Township that had the authentic Chicago hot dogs? The restaurant closed back in January, but has been reborn as a food truck.
Ava Baldwin, who owns Hot Doggin' It with her husband David, said they’ve been busier – and get home earlier – with the truck than they did with their original bricks and mortar store.
Their rig is an 18-foot trailer, from which they serve Chicago hot dogs, beef, Polish, Italian sausages, gyros and chili fries. “We save you the 5-hour trip to Chicago,” said Baldwin.
Hot Doggin’ It spends most of the time at suburban office parks, including in West Chester, Mason and Blue Ash. On the weekend, they’re at the Loveland Bike Trail from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Robinson’s Roaming Pig offers grass-fed BBQ
Greg Robinson is a teacher in the Little Miami school district; his wife Kim is a personal fitness instructor. He’s the one who caught the bbq yen. Kim said if they were going to do it, they should do it a little differently, so they use local grass-fed beef, pastured pork and free range chicken. Kim bakes organic cupcakes.
They’re residents of Warren County, so they stay in that area. Currently you can find them in the Landen Shopping Center on the weekends.
They do spareribs, smoked pulled pork and chicken, sides, sweet and sour coleslaw, chocolate chip espresso cookies, and offer specials like a Cuban Missile sandwich with pulled pork. Their Facebook page also shows a delicious-looking organic peach pie.
Mike Fink riverboat restaurant to reopen
After a long delay, the Mike Fink floating restaurant is expected to reopen sometime next year.
The restaurant closed in 2008 with plans to reopen the following year after a makeover. Those plans were scuttled by the recession and the boat has been sitting unused since.
Brad Bernstein, who will be the restaurant’s chef and owner-operator, said the concept will be new for the 76-year-old boat: a focus on farm-to-plate and on foods prepared over wood fires – a traditional river way of cooking – with some popular dishes from the boat’s past. The Fink’s raw bar definitely will return, owners say.
“In many respects, there’s a lot of things on the riverfront that aren’t there anymore, and I think we could be at the very front-end of a revival of the Kentucky riverfront,” said Bob Conway Jr. of Hyde Park, whose Mariemont-based Bistro Group is partnering with the Bernstein family.
They plan to spend $1.5 million to $2.5 million refurbishing the sternwheeler that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The family also owns BB Riverboats.
Fricker’s coming to West Chester, Symmes Township
Bar/restaurant chain Fricker’s will open two new locations – one in West Chester; the other in Symmes Township – within the next several months.
The Miamisburg-based chain will open one location on Tylersville Rd. in the Firestone Plaza just east of I-75 in early November. Early in 2013, they’ll open in Governor’s Hill in Symmes Township, in the former location of Bar 71.
Gourmet Sensation coming Sept. 8
The brochure for Gourmet Sensation has been sent out. As usual, there are chefs from around the country coming to share bites of their signature food at this fundraiser for Hospice of Cincinnati. It’s one of the most extravagant of the dinner-by-the-bite events, and is unusual in that it features almost completely out-of-town chefs.
Michael Paley, of Garage Bar in Louisville, will be there. He’s the future chef for The Metropole Restaurant, which will be opening in the 21c Hotel Downtown later this year. The only local chefs who cook for the Sensation are Jose Salazar and pastry chef Russ Wheeler of The Palace.
New Frisch’s Big Boy opens in Liberty Township
A new Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant has opened in Liberty Township.
Located at 7075 Yankee Road, it’s the second Frisch’s outpost in Liberty Township and will offer a drive-through and eat-in.
New on Sixth: Igby’s
Downtown’s bar scene gets a multi-level party space this fall with the opening of 4EG's newest location.
Igby’s – in the building that once housed a Barleycorn’s at 122 E. Sixth St., next to the old Maisonette space – is slated to open in mid-October.
The space is meant to attract a similar customer audience as Righteous Room but offers a little more energy with the multiple levels inside that create a lot of different “party zones,” says co-owner Bob Deck.
The company also owns Mt. Adams Pavilion, aliveOne, The Stand, The Sandbar, Keystone, Tap & Go and The Lackman.