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Chris Bronger [Hathaway's Diner]

By Brian Cross · January 10th, 2011 · Look Who's Eating

We all know Hathaway’s (306 Vine St., Downtown; 513-621-1332) as the charming diner in the Carew Tower, a mainstay that’s been serving up breakfast and lunch comfort food for over half a century. But what do we know about the newest owner?

Chris Bronger, a Northern Kentuckian by way of Louisville, had never stepped foot in the place before 2007 when he was working in information and records management and started thinking about a career change.

With no restaurant background, he began looking for opportunities, stumbled upon Hathaway’s and fell in love. He bought the diner from the original owner in November of 2007. (Brian Cross)

CityBeat: Where did you eat your last great meal and what was it?
Chris Bronger
: My last great meal was spaghetti and meatballs at Pompilio’s restaurant in Newport.

CB: Hathaway’s still has that ’50s vibe. Has the décor changed much?
: No. When I bought it three years ago, we shut down for three weeks and we renovated, but it was all mainly cosmetic changes. Structurally, we left everything the same because that’s what I fell in love with about the place — the nostalgic nature and charm of it.



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