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Universal Grille and More...

By Lora Arduser · July 4th, 2007 · The Dish
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Universal Grille (909 Vine St., Downtown) has a new chef, new menu and new dining room. According to owner Peter Laffoon, "The vibe is what we like to call grown up, not stuck up." Laffoon also notes that the restaurant is focusing on more and more organic fare that will be featured on the restaurant's new lunch and dinner menus. His new chef, David Milot, most recently comes from JeanRo Bistro and served as sous chef at The Palace Restaurant.

A littler farther north, The Coffee Emporium (110 Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine) is expanding. By early August the current cafe space will be used exclusively as a roasting area and the café will move into a space that will provide patrons twice the amount of room for lunch munching.

Mythos is adding another downtown location for their Greek fare at Fourth and Vine streets. A third downtown location will open in the Chiquita Center at Fifth and Sycamore. On the West Side, the original Chili Company reopened in White Oak after a decade. Olives is opening in the old space occupied by Uno's and then Za on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton.

Universal Grille (909 Vine St., Downtown) has a new chef, new menu and new dining room.

According to owner Peter Laffoon, "The vibe is what we like to call grown up, not stuck up." Laffoon also notes that the restaurant is focusing on more and more organic fare that will be featured on the restaurant's new lunch and dinner menus. His new chef, David Milot, most recently comes from JeanRo Bistro and served as sous chef at The Palace Restaurant. ...

A littler farther north, The Coffee Emporium (110 Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine) is expanding. By early August the current cafe space will be used exclusively as a roasting area and the café will move into a space that will provide patrons twice the amount of room for lunch munching. ...

Mythos is adding another downtown location for their Greek fare at Fourth and Vine streets. A third downtown location will open in the Chiquita Center at Fifth and Sycamore. ... On the West Side, the original Chili Company reopened in White Oak after a decade. ... Olives is opening in the old space occupied by Uno's and then Za on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. The sign on the door says they'll be offering American fare. Stay tuned for more info. ...

Sorrento's Pizza and Restaurant (5143 Montgomery Road, Norwood) re-opened in June. In 2005 the family-owned restaurant was severely damaged by fire that led to the death of 82-year-old founder Enrico DeLuca. In the following year Enrico's son and the restaurant's manager, Willie DeLuca, passed away in the midst of rebuilding. Willie's sister, Esa Stewart; brothers, Ralph and Art DeLuca; and their mother, 85-year-old Santina DeLuca, will carry on the family tradition in the new restaurant. ...

Dave Cahill, who has been running Cahill's Simply Grand Catering for the last four years, is now offering a daily hot lunch special at his Fourth and Broadway location Downtown. Call ahead, and Cahill will even give you curbside service so you don't have to find a spot to park. ...

Daveed's at 934 in Mount Adams will be hosting a tapas tasting at 7 p.m. July 27 for $35. Tastings include five to six small plates. Call 513-721-2665 for reservations. ...

First Watch Restaurants launched a new Web site and e-loyalty program last month. Visit the redesigned site at firstwatch.com to find out about the program and get a free meal for signing up at any First Watch.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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