Closings in Cincinnati
Looks like Bella downtown is closed for good. I think they were in trouble with taxes. Michael G.'s second reincarnation on Beechmont is also closed, something we'd suspected for a couple weeks judging by the look of the place. Both of these places had merits, and I'm sad for I'm sure in any case like this, somebody is taking a major personal financial bath.
Sad about Bella; I liked that place. I'd only been to Michael G's once, and was unimpressed enough never to go back. Also closed is Jack Quinn's in Covington.
re: TJ Jackson
I hope Jean Robert DeCavel's new place makes it.
Coco's, I believe, will always do okay, because it has a strong, loyal following, especially in the bar, but the last time I ate there, the food left something to be desired. It was pricey and the food was served cold. Not a good culinary experience.
TWO NEW CLOSINGS IN CINCINNATI:
RAY'S NORTHSIDE GRILLE is closed. The sign on the door cites "partnership issues", and claims they will try to reopen soon. This was a great breakfast place, with real stone-ground grits, and a BBQ smoker in the back.
JUNEBUG'S BBQ is closed. The new name on the window is "Chris's Corner". I have no clue what kind of food they serve. "Junebugs" was owned by George Baetty, brother of Howard Beatty, who was recently sentenced for a shooting in front of City Hall.
My husband used to go in Junebug's sometimes; he said Howard was always in there cooking, so the closing is probably at least partly a result of his conviction. Speaking of the West End, there's a carryout place with killer rib tips called Chicago Fish and Chicken nearby. I forget the exact address, but it's on a side street behind the police station on Central Parkway. Not the best neighborhood, but not really scary, either--ample on-street parking. I didn't think the fish was anything to write home about--similar to Louisiana Fish but not as good. Still need to try the chicken.