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News from Downtown - 03.25.21

It seems that each week, more Downtown businesses announce reopening plans, which is exciting to see. This week, mark your calendars and prepare your vocal cords for the return of karaoke parties! Tokyo Kitty will reopen April 16, and you can start booking a party room now for your next birthday party or other celebration. Please note that you can only reserve a private room for up to two hours, and each room can accommodate up to 13 people. To make a reservation, click here.

If you’ve walked by Rusconi’s Pizza at 126 West Sixth Street recently, then you’ve noticed big changes at the downtown bar and eatery. E+O restaurant group transformed this location into FB's Kitchen & Lounge earlier this month. The new concept combines the atmosphere of a sports bar—with TVs and a large patio—and a casual, Italian restaurant with menu items like pasta and pizza, as well as wings and burgers. The restaurant group also announced a new concept at the former Pies & Pints spot at The Banks, which will become a second location for E+O Kitchen after its Hyde Park restaurant featuring Asian cuisine. For even more updates, the former E+O New Asian restaurant, located at 645 Walnut Street, will now be a Mediterranean concept called OKTO, and will open this summer.

Support local artists at Final Friday this week at the Pendleton Arts Center from 5-9 p.m. The artist of the month is contemporary painter Antonio Salgado, located at Warehouse Studio 804A. While you’re in the neighborhood, grab a beer at Braxton Brewery Cincinnatior have dinner at NationBoomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, or Lucius Q. For dessert, visit the Pendleton Parlor for ice cream and other sweet treats.

Downtown brewery Rebel Mettle has partnered with Yoga De La Soul and Nina’s Yoga Wellness Studio to bring yoga to the taproom on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Enjoy a yoga session at Bend & Brew starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15 and include one beer. To make a reservation, click here.

Even though our official Save Local campaign has ended, our friends at the Rotary Club of Cincinnati still have a great way to help save local businesses while supporting a great cause. As part of its annual “Believe 2 Achieve” fundraising auction and summer party on August 7, The Rotary Club will double donations of gift cards that will be included in the silent auction. For each gift card donated, the organization will purchase an identical gift card in the same amount, up to $100, doubling the support for the business and increasing the value of prizes. The Rotary Club is providing up to $15,000 in matching funds. All of the net proceeds from the silent auction will go directly to three great local organizations that help children and adults with disabilities: Stepping StonesDown Syndrome Society of Greater Cincinnati and Visionaries + Voices. For instructions on how to participate and where to send your donated gift card, contact Linda Muth at (513) 421-1080 or by email at You can read more about this program here.

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