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News from Downtown - 03.04.21

Latin and Asian fusion restaurant Lalo has moved to a new location at 26 W. Court Street. The restaurant will continue to offer favorites like tacos, pad thai and ramen noodles, and will add new menu items like pork belly tacos and quinoa as an alternative for rice bowls. Lalo will also have a menu available at the neighboring Queen City Exchange bar. The restaurant will be a welcome addition to this growing business district along West Court Street, which also includes the soon-to-reopen Court Street Lobster Bar and new pastry shop Mon Petit Choux. Lalo is owned by the Huit Group, which has several other Asian-inspired restaurants in Downtown Cincinnati, including Crzy Monk at 627 Main Street, Dope! Asian Street Fare, located on the second floor of Kroger in On-the-Rhine Eatery, and Hop Ping Hog at 29 E. Court Street. 

Moving further south in the Central Business District, longtime retailer and service business Gronauer Furs has relocated and now shares a storefront with home entertainment retailer Bang & Olufsen at 6 W. Fourth Street. The store will continue to provide cleaning services, repairs and fur storage at the new location, and storage is provided at $59 per coat. Gronauer Furs is open Mon-Fri, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Stop in and shop the latest selections of furs, as well as home speakers and other accessories offered at Bang & Olufsen, which just added a new, portable WiFi speaker brand Beosound Level.

Neighborhood watering hole Madonna’s Bar & Grill has reopened after a long hiatus. This no-frills bar is the perfect spot to meet up with friends and enjoy happy hour drinks, play pool, or order food from the bar menu. The kitchen is open Mon-Fri from 11-1 a.m. Stop in and enjoy a cold beer at 11 E. Seventh Street.

Braxton Brewery Cincinnati is making the coworking experience a bit more festive with its Coffee and Coworking event happening today and tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event features free Graeter’s ice cream, coffee from Urbana Café, specialty chicken wings from Pendalo Wingery, and a new beer from Braxton Brewery: Graeter’s Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout.  Stop in at the taproom and enjoy great drink and food specials while supplies last each day.

Join a lively and informative discussion while dining on some delicious food at the Let’s Talk Womxn virtual event on March 8 from 7-8 p.m. In celebration of International Women’s Day, this event features special dishes from several local female restaurant owners and food entrepreneurs in Downtown Cincinnati, including Molly Wellman (Japp’s), Julia Petiprin (HomeMakers Bar), Isis Arrieta-Dennis (The Arepa Place), Carla Chalkley and Patricia Sabino (Aladdin’s Eatery), Louisa Reckman (Maize), and other restauranteurs. Tickets for the six-course tasting menu and Zoom discussion are $90 and the menu serves two people. Orders must be placed today by midnight, so hurry and place yours now! Orders can be picked up at HomeMakers Bar at 39 E. 13th Street on March 8.  

The weather is looking nice and sunny for Bockfest this weekend! See a list of participating Downtown Cincinnati venues, as well as take-home packages to enjoy away from the crowds at the official Bockfest website. And don't forget to check out all the ways you can #SaveLocalCincy by supporting Downtown businesses.

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