19 Cincinnati Restaurants That Have Closed Their Doors in 2020

The Queen City's culinary landscape is constantly growing and changing. It seems inevitable — especially during the financial strain of our current pandemic — that a few must shutter to make room for new projects and concepts. These Greater Cincinnati eateries, some decades old, are gone but never forgotten.
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Sartre OTR
1910 Elm St., Over-the Rhine
Upscale Over-the-Rhine eatery Sartre closed its doors after the new year. The restaurant was located beneath Rhinegeist Brewery and opened in the fall of 2017. 
The name behind French(ish) brasserie was conceived as a playful homage to philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. The eatery served up a changing menu of snacks, shareables and mains with a Parisian bistro sensibility. The space has since been transformed into OTR Chili Co., a Cincinnati-style chili parlor.
Photo via SartreOTR

Sartre OTR

1910 Elm St., Over-the Rhine
Upscale Over-the-Rhine eatery Sartre closed its doors after the new year. The restaurant was located beneath Rhinegeist Brewery and opened in the fall of 2017. The name behind French(ish) brasserie was conceived as a playful homage to philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. The eatery served up a changing menu of snacks, shareables and mains with a Parisian bistro sensibility. The space has since been transformed into OTR Chili Co., a Cincinnati-style chili parlor.
Photo via SartreOTR
Le’s Pho and Sandwiches
3 E. Court St., Downtown
After serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine in Cincinnati for nine years, family-run Le’s Pho closed its doors at the end of February. The restaurant's lease ended in March, and according to owners Hai and Le Bui’s daughter Huyen Bui-Gauck, closing their doors felt like the right decision for their family for multiple reasons. “It has truly been an honor getting to know each one of you and to serve you. No matter how long the lines got, no matter how badly we might have screwed up your orders or even how high the pile of dishes or the trash can get, you always have supported our little family business. We owe you all everything,” the family shared in a Facebook post.
Photo via Le’s Pho and Sandwiches’ Facebook

Le’s Pho and Sandwiches

3 E. Court St., Downtown
After serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine in Cincinnati for nine years, family-run Le’s Pho closed its doors at the end of February. The restaurant's lease ended in March, and according to owners Hai and Le Bui’s daughter Huyen Bui-Gauck, closing their doors felt like the right decision for their family for multiple reasons. “It has truly been an honor getting to know each one of you and to serve you. No matter how long the lines got, no matter how badly we might have screwed up your orders or even how high the pile of dishes or the trash can get, you always have supported our little family business. We owe you all everything,” the family shared in a Facebook post.
Photo via Le’s Pho and Sandwiches’ Facebook
Parkers Blue Ash Tavern
4200 Cooper Road, Blue Ash
Parkers Blue Ash Tavern, one of the more recognizable eateries in the Blue Ash area, announced their permanent closing in late April. The traditional steak and seafood restaurant had served the Blue Ash area since 1981, originally as James Tavern. 
Photo via Facebook.com/ParkersBlueAshTavern

Parkers Blue Ash Tavern

4200 Cooper Road, Blue Ash
Parkers Blue Ash Tavern, one of the more recognizable eateries in the Blue Ash area, announced their permanent closing in late April. The traditional steak and seafood restaurant had served the Blue Ash area since 1981, originally as James Tavern.
Photo via Facebook.com/ParkersBlueAshTavern
Money Chicken
300 E. Seventh St., Downtown
The team behind Pleasantry opened this fried chicken tender joint in 2018. Located downtown, the fast-casual eatery closed its doors in January. Folks loved their spicy chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches and tasty sides like cabbage slaw.
Photo: Paige Deglow

Money Chicken

300 E. Seventh St., Downtown
The team behind Pleasantry opened this fried chicken tender joint in 2018. Located downtown, the fast-casual eatery closed its doors in January. Folks loved their spicy chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches and tasty sides like cabbage slaw.
Photo: Paige Deglow
Dutch’s
3378 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Opened as a pony keg in 1947, Dutch’s officially closed its doors on Jan. 2. The larder/bar/eatery was known for — among other things — their Thursday Burger Nights which offered over-the-top burger creations.
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper

Dutch’s

3378 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Opened as a pony keg in 1947, Dutch’s officially closed its doors on Jan. 2. The larder/bar/eatery was known for — among other things — their Thursday Burger Nights which offered over-the-top burger creations.
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper
Kaze
1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Kaze and its 36 Chambers Bar ended business operations at the start of 2020. The OTR Japanese restaurant and bar was purchased by The Thunderdome Restaurant group — which also owns Currito, CityBird, Bakersfield and other Cincinnati favorites — in July of 2019. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Kaze

1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Kaze and its 36 Chambers Bar ended business operations at the start of 2020. The OTR Japanese restaurant and bar was purchased by The Thunderdome Restaurant group — which also owns Currito, CityBird, Bakersfield and other Cincinnati favorites — in July of 2019.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Burrito Joe's
328 E. Fourth St., Downtown
“Burrito Addicts," as fans of Burrito Joe's were called, were informed on Jan. 10 that the downtown location would close. “After 25 years of serving you, we have had to make the difficult decision of closing Burrito Joe’s. We are forever grateful for your years of patronage and the wonderful memories,” the restaurant shared in a Facebook post. The lunchtime staple offered “handmade, fast and fresh” Mexican dishes and built a fiercely loyal following of hungry fans.
Photo via Facebook.com/BurritoJoes

Burrito Joe's

328 E. Fourth St., Downtown
“Burrito Addicts," as fans of Burrito Joe's were called, were informed on Jan. 10 that the downtown location would close. “After 25 years of serving you, we have had to make the difficult decision of closing Burrito Joe’s. We are forever grateful for your years of patronage and the wonderful memories,” the restaurant shared in a Facebook post. The lunchtime staple offered “handmade, fast and fresh” Mexican dishes and built a fiercely loyal following of hungry fans.
Photo via Facebook.com/BurritoJoes
Restaurant L
301 E. Fourth St., Downtown
Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel closed his downtown fine-dining restaurant in March. The exquisite eatery opened in 2016 and was one of several other restaurants helmed by the chef, including Jean-Robert’s Table, Le Bar au Boeuf and French Crust Cafe and Bistro.
Photo: Aaron Conway

Restaurant L

301 E. Fourth St., Downtown
Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel closed his downtown fine-dining restaurant in March. The exquisite eatery opened in 2016 and was one of several other restaurants helmed by the chef, including Jean-Robert’s Table, Le Bar au Boeuf and French Crust Cafe and Bistro.
Photo: Aaron Conway
The Hyde Park Hitching Post
2715 Madison Road, Hyde Park
The Hyde Park Hitching Post announced its closing in a Facebook post
on Jan. 1. ”It is with deep regret that we have closed our doors after 33 years of serving our loyal and faithful customers. Thank you for the many years of business, support, and loyalty,” the post read. Owners Frank and Peggy Kashar had operated the Hyde Park Hitching Post since 1986 and used the homestyle recipes from the original Hitching Post franchise from the 1960s — known to serve “The World’s Best Fried Chicken and Outstanding Breakfast."
Photo via Facebook.com/HydeParkHitchingPost

The Hyde Park Hitching Post

2715 Madison Road, Hyde Park
The Hyde Park Hitching Post announced its closing in a Facebook post on Jan. 1. ”It is with deep regret that we have closed our doors after 33 years of serving our loyal and faithful customers. Thank you for the many years of business, support, and loyalty,” the post read. Owners Frank and Peggy Kashar had operated the Hyde Park Hitching Post since 1986 and used the homestyle recipes from the original Hitching Post franchise from the 1960s — known to serve “The World’s Best Fried Chicken and Outstanding Breakfast."
Photo via Facebook.com/HydeParkHitchingPost
Lydia’s on Ludlow
329 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
Back in February, Gaslight District eatery Lydia’s on Ludlow closed its door due to what the owner said was the strain of maintaining a business. The locally sourced restaurant offered homemade soups, salads, weekend brunches and open mic nights. 
Photo via Facebook.com/LydiasOnLudlow

Lydia’s on Ludlow

329 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
Back in February, Gaslight District eatery Lydia’s on Ludlow closed its door due to what the owner said was the strain of maintaining a business. The locally sourced restaurant offered homemade soups, salads, weekend brunches and open mic nights.
Photo via Facebook.com/LydiasOnLudlow