December 18, 2020

25 Greater Cincinnati Restaurants That Closed Their Doors in 2020

The financial and emotional strain of the pandemic has affected just about every aspect of the humanity, and the local beverage and culinary scene was no exception. While some did not fall victim to the struggles of COVID — and ceased operations for other reasons — many had to make the difficult decision to close their doors amid the storm. Here's a few Greater Cincinnati eateries that are gone but never forgotten.

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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
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.
Video screenshot 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.
Video screenshot via Le’s Pho and Sandwiches’ Facebook
A Tavola
1220 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
A Tavola, a popular Italian eatery in OTR, close its doors as of June 15. Shared in a Facebook post, the restaurant stated, “After 9 years, it is with a heavy heart we have decided to temporarily close our doors at this location. Over the past three months we have worked hard to keep our doors open for both our team and for the neighborhood, however, after, continued hard work and dedication from our team we need some time to reset. We do not have a time frame for reopening. Please visit us at our A Tavola Madeira location and our sister restaurant, Taglio, around the corner on 12th and Walnut. We cannot thank the community enough for their support over the last nine years- we love you Cincinnati!”
Photo via Facebook.com/ATavolaCincinnati

A Tavola

1220 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
A Tavola, a popular Italian eatery in OTR, close its doors as of June 15. Shared in a Facebook post, the restaurant stated, “After 9 years, it is with a heavy heart we have decided to temporarily close our doors at this location. Over the past three months we have worked hard to keep our doors open for both our team and for the neighborhood, however, after, continued hard work and dedication from our team we need some time to reset. We do not have a time frame for reopening. Please visit us at our A Tavola Madeira location and our sister restaurant, Taglio, around the corner on 12th and Walnut. We cannot thank the community enough for their support over the last nine years- we love you Cincinnati!”
Photo via Facebook.com/ATavolaCincinnati
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
Jean-Robert’s Table
713 Vine St., Downtown
Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel announced a closing date for his flagship downtown restaurant, Jean-Robert's Table, in the fall. The decade-old eatery’s closure isn't affiliated with COVID or its impact on the dining industry, according to de Cavel. The building has been sold and will be demolished and redeveloped. The restaurant will close at the end of 2020 (late December), but de Cavel says he plans to find a new location for the restaurant by fall of next year. 
Photo via Facebook.com/JRTable

Jean-Robert’s Table

713 Vine St., Downtown
Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel announced a closing date for his flagship downtown restaurant, Jean-Robert's Table, in the fall. The decade-old eatery’s closure isn't affiliated with COVID or its impact on the dining industry, according to de Cavel. The building has been sold and will be demolished and redeveloped. The restaurant will close at the end of 2020 (late December), but de Cavel says he plans to find a new location for the restaurant by fall of next year.
Photo via Facebook.com/JRTable
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 closure 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 closure 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
Stone’s Restaurant
3605 Harrison Ave., Cheviot
Stone’s announced their official closing back in January after 57 years of serving home-cooked meals to the Cheviot community. Owners Chris and Stephanie Stone maintained the mom-and-pop restaurant since its establishment in 1962. “Our humble little restaurant has never been just a business to us, it’s been our home and we loved sharing it with you,” they shared in a Facebook post.
Photo via Facebook.com/StonesRestaurant

Stone’s Restaurant

3605 Harrison Ave., Cheviot
Stone’s announced their official closing back in January after 57 years of serving home-cooked meals to the Cheviot community. Owners Chris and Stephanie Stone maintained the mom-and-pop restaurant since its establishment in 1962. “Our humble little restaurant has never been just a business to us, it’s been our home and we loved sharing it with you,” they shared in a Facebook post.
Photo via Facebook.com/StonesRestaurant
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 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 space has since been transformed into OTR Chili Co., a Cincinnati-style chili parlor.
Photo via SartreOTR
Fiery Hen
26 W. Court St., Downtown
Downtown's Fiery Hen, a Nashville hot chicken joint that opened in January of 2019 on Court Street, announced their plans to close the restaurant via a Facebook post on Aug. 6. The eatery explained that their difficult decision was due to the ways in which the virus shifted the overall way of life and said they "unfortunately could not keep the fire going."
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiery Hen

26 W. Court St., Downtown
Downtown's Fiery Hen, a Nashville hot chicken joint that opened in January of 2019 on Court Street, announced their plans to close the restaurant via a Facebook post on Aug. 6. The eatery explained that their difficult decision was due to the ways in which the virus shifted the overall way of life and said they "unfortunately could not keep the fire going."
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Taco Bell Cantina 
E. Sixth St., Downtown
Downtown’s Taco Bell Cantina opened its doors in 2017. The restaurant, the only alcohol-serving Cantina location in Cincinnati, closed permanently in November. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Taco Bell Cantina

E. Sixth St., Downtown
Downtown’s Taco Bell Cantina opened its doors in 2017. The restaurant, the only alcohol-serving Cantina location in Cincinnati, closed permanently in November.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger