In the late 1880s, a four-story, Queen Anne-style structure was built on the corner of York and West 8th. The Feth Building, as it was originally known, housed a pharmacy and a bank for decades. Those days are long passed, but while horses no longer pull carriages down streets and the president no longer high fives everyone on their birthday, the historic building still makes its visitors feel better. Just now, the prescriptions are in the form of spanakopita and filet mignon.
The York Street Cafe has occupied the building's first floor since 1997, treating diners to seasonal dishes such as stuffed poblanos with black beans and spinach or Asian-spiced ribs. Its cozy dining room and verdant patio makes an ideal place to share a romantic meal, perhaps one of the aptly named conversation boards. For these, chefs assemble a seasonal selection of items, such as the Brie En Croute: brie baked in a puff pastry and served with with amaretto sauce, toasted almonds, fresh fruit, and a baguette. Visitors should plan on exploring the building before or after the meal, since art and entertainment have taken over the other floors. Musicians often perform and record on the second floor lounge, and artists use the third floor as a gallery space.
BB Riverboats began with a deceptive motto and a fleet of zero. In 1977, Ben Bernstein opened a restaurant in a converted steamboat, whose motto was ?The Romance of Riverboat Dining.? Intended as tongue-in-cheek, the motto instead confused customers, who arrived hoping for a scenic cruise down the Ohio River. To placate his clientele, Ben Bernstein went into business with riverboat industry veteran Betty Blake, and BB Riverboats?named for their shared initials?was born.
Now run by Bernstein?s son, BB Riverboats has increased its fleet to three vessels, including the Belle of Cincinnati, a riverboat outfitted with Victorian details and two climate-controlled decks. On daily cruises down the Ohio, historical narration complements the scenery, while passengers play swashbuckling games and learn to read treasure maps on family-friendly pirate cruises. On the company?s dining cruises, visitors drink in the scenery while noshing on a Hawaiian buffet spread or sampling award-winning wines from StoneBrook Winery. Additionally, holiday cruises honor occasions from Valentine?s Day to Thanksgiving.
When Jason Reser isn't pouring his energy into competitive mountain-bike racing and trail improvement, he's tending to his business?Reser Bicycle Outfitters, which was named one of America's best bike shops for 2013 by the National Bicycle Dealer Association. At two stores, one of which earned a Best Bike Shop recognition from Northern Kentucky Magazine in 2012, he leads a team of competitive cyclists, technicians, and fitting specialists certified by the Serotta International Cycling Institute. At the Over-the-Rhine location, staffers match customers to city-friendly bikes and accessories; at the Newport, Kentucky store, they instead oversee a stock specializing in sports-focused bikes. Their inventory encompasses brands such as BMC, Civia, Orbea, and Ridley. The technicians service all makes and models in onsite repair shops, treating bicycles with everything from basic tune-ups to major overhauls to unproductive psychotherapy sessions. They also measure customers and frames at more than 30 points and swap out parts to complete custom fittings.
The Green Derby has been open for more than 65 years. What's the secret to its longevity? It might be that the kitchen prefers to get hands-on with the food?the chefs hand-skin their famous fried halibut, hand-make their Angus beef patties, and produce items from meatloaf to salad dressing in-house. The result is a menu of classic meals that never go out of style. Entrees include grilled pork chops, seafood platters, and Southern fried chicken, often served with old-school sides such as green beans and stewed tomatoes. The ever-popular lunch specials include fried grouper sandwiches and teriyaki chicken wraps, and customers are also wowed by seafood specialties like the baked stuffed grouper and the pasta del mare. The game changes on Sundays, when the restaurant serves up golden waffles and homemade goetta for breakfast.
Tom + Chee co-owners chef Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward are revolutionizing the grilled-cheese sandwich every day. What once was two slabs of boring bread and a simple, stupid slice of cheese has been reinvented by their kitchen, which churns out a menu of gooey sandwiches mentioned by the Today show and feasted upon by Man v. Food’s Adam Richman. Most famous for a sandwich that combines glazed donuts, the eatery also fills an assortment of breads with gourmet cheeses such as brie and smoked gouda, crunchy potato chips, and cherry peppers. They recommend sandwiches always be dipped, which is why chefs tirelessly ladle bowls of tomato-based soups from bubbling pots all day long.
The Groneck Photographix story began in 2006, when seasoned graphic design artist Michael Groneck started performing digital preservation services out of his home. Today, Michael is joined by a staff of fellow graphic artists at his own shop—a cheerful little store, where photographs of local sports teams and landmarks speckle the walls. Michael and his staff provide a variety of photo-restoration and digital transfer services, while extending their design expertise to create a variety of professional brochures, signs, and business cards. A seasoned shutterbug, Michael also snaps photos at local events, sports games, and Elvis sightings.