December 09, 2022

Greater Cincinnati Restaurants and Bars That Opened in 2022

In 2022, the Greater Cincinnati area welcomed a lot of new and exciting restaurant concepts to the local dining scene. From tried-and-true favorites opening new locations to newcomers with offerings ranging from soul food to authentic Mexican sweets to classic BBQ, here is just a sampling of the new restaurants that opened in the Tri-State this year.
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MadTree’s Alcove
1410 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Oakley-based MadTree Brewing partnered with 3CDC to create The Alcove, a taproom, bar and restaurant boasting MadTree brews and craft cocktails, along with farm-to-table bites from Covington restaurant Bouquet’s chef Stephen Williams. The space is light and airy, with a large bar and "lush patio space for lounging and dining," as well as a greenhouse space and living walls and chandeliers from local nonprofit Urban Bloom.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

MadTree’s Alcove

1410 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Oakley-based MadTree Brewing partnered with 3CDC to create The Alcove, a taproom, bar and restaurant boasting MadTree brews and craft cocktails, along with farm-to-table bites from Covington restaurant Bouquet’s chef Stephen Williams. The space is light and airy, with a large bar and "lush patio space for lounging and dining," as well as a greenhouse space and living walls and chandeliers from local nonprofit Urban Bloom.
Daylily
3751 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum
Daylily Deli — chef Jose Salazar and Deeper Roots Coffee's New York-style bodega — opened in Columbia Tusculum in August. The menu features everything from the New York staple egg on a roll with American cheese, a chopped cheese sandwich (with ground beef, cheese, banana peppers, sauteed onion, lettuce, tomato and special sauce on a hoagie) and even an egg cream coffee soda.
Photo: Catie Viox

Daylily

3751 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum
Daylily Deli — chef Jose Salazar and Deeper Roots Coffee's New York-style bodega — opened in Columbia Tusculum in August. The menu features everything from the New York staple egg on a roll with American cheese, a chopped cheese sandwich (with ground beef, cheese, banana peppers, sauteed onion, lettuce, tomato and special sauce on a hoagie) and even an egg cream coffee soda.
Element Eatery Food Hall
5350 Medpace Way, Madisonville
Element Eatery Food Hall held its grand opening in September, welcoming 10 food vendors to Madisonville, including barbecue joint Four Mile Pig; Little Easy, a Po Boy Shop, a New Orleans-style sandwich and gumbo shop and Latin American eatery MashRoots, which specializes in Puerto Rican mofongo. The food hall can seat up to 400 people inside and more than 200 across three outdoor terraces.
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Element Eatery Food Hall

5350 Medpace Way, Madisonville
Element Eatery Food Hall held its grand opening in September, welcoming 10 food vendors to Madisonville, including barbecue joint Four Mile Pig; Little Easy, a Po Boy Shop, a New Orleans-style sandwich and gumbo shop and Latin American eatery MashRoots, which specializes in Puerto Rican mofongo. The food hall can seat up to 400 people inside and more than 200 across three outdoor terraces.
Soul Secrets
1434 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
This OTR spot doesn’t just offer soul food – their recipes tell the story of owner Candice Holloway’s family. "Our recipes – that's what we bring to the table. They're historic, they're traditional, they are original, they're from scratch, they are made with love.” Holloway told CityBeat. A look at the menu shows entrees that, in a lot of the South, would just be called good ol’ home cooking, like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fried whiting and catfish. On the side there’s macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes and cornbread — the kinds of dishes prepared for the family and that you’d hope for when someone offers to “fix you a plate.”
Photo: facebook.com/Soul Secrets

Soul Secrets

1434 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
This OTR spot doesn’t just offer soul food – their recipes tell the story of owner Candice Holloway’s family. "Our recipes – that's what we bring to the table. They're historic, they're traditional, they are original, they're from scratch, they are made with love.” Holloway told CityBeat. A look at the menu shows entrees that, in a lot of the South, would just be called good ol’ home cooking, like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fried whiting and catfish. On the side there’s macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes and cornbread — the kinds of dishes prepared for the family and that you’d hope for when someone offers to “fix you a plate.”
Ford’s Garage - Norwood
2692 Madison Road, Suite 115, Norwood
This Florida-based beer-and-burger chain, which is an official licensee of the Ford Motor Company, opened in the Rookwood Commons & Pavilion in April. Channeling a "1920s service station/prohibition bar" vibe, the menu focuses heavily on its black Angus beef burgers, but also carries veggie burgers, homemade meatloaf, chicken wings, onion rings and macaroni and cheese, as well as seafood, salads and chicken. Another location is due to open in Florence soon.
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Ford’s Garage - Norwood

2692 Madison Road, Suite 115, Norwood
This Florida-based beer-and-burger chain, which is an official licensee of the Ford Motor Company, opened in the Rookwood Commons & Pavilion in April. Channeling a "1920s service station/prohibition bar" vibe, the menu focuses heavily on its black Angus beef burgers, but also carries veggie burgers, homemade meatloaf, chicken wings, onion rings and macaroni and cheese, as well as seafood, salads and chicken. Another location is due to open in Florence soon.
Dulce Pecado
567 Main St., Hamilton
This family-owned cafe features classic American treats alongside authentic Mexican sweets and paninis. If you’re looking to try fresa con crema (strawberries and cream), paletas (a popsicle made with fresh, frozen fruit), bolis (ice cream in a tube) and mangonada, which is a frozen mango treat usually made with chamoy and chile lime seasoning, head to Dulce Pecado. The cafe opened in November and is hosting a raffle to win a free menu item from now until Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Photo: facebook.com/Dulce Pecado

Dulce Pecado

567 Main St., Hamilton
This family-owned cafe features classic American treats alongside authentic Mexican sweets and paninis. If you’re looking to try fresa con crema (strawberries and cream), paletas (a popsicle made with fresh, frozen fruit), bolis (ice cream in a tube) and mangonada, which is a frozen mango treat usually made with chamoy and chile lime seasoning, head to Dulce Pecado. The cafe opened in November and is hosting a raffle to win a free menu item from now until Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Symposium
2835 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
Symposium opened in East Walnut Hills this spring, sporting a relaxed Hemingway cafe-style atmosphere. The cantina features a snack bar, along with a coffee bar that converts into a wine bar later in the day and avian-themed cocktails, dubbed “birdtails.”
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Symposium

2835 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
Symposium opened in East Walnut Hills this spring, sporting a relaxed Hemingway cafe-style atmosphere. The cantina features a snack bar, along with a coffee bar that converts into a wine bar later in the day and avian-themed cocktails, dubbed “birdtails.”
Royce
501 Vine St., Downtown
Modern French brasserie Royce opened at The Foundry, 3CDC’s $51 million development in the building that previously housed the downtown Macy’s, this August. Described as “a French-leaning dining experience,” Royce features a raw bar and an open-air kitchen and dining room that’s inspired by European markets, New York City brasseries and French delicatessens.
Photo: Catie Viox

Royce

501 Vine St., Downtown
Modern French brasserie Royce opened at The Foundry, 3CDC’s $51 million development in the building that previously housed the downtown Macy’s, this August. Described as “a French-leaning dining experience,” Royce features a raw bar and an open-air kitchen and dining room that’s inspired by European markets, New York City brasseries and French delicatessens.
Flavors of the Isle
1807 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Findlay Market welcomed Jamaican soul food restaurant Flavors of the Isle to its fold in October. The restaurant and bar is owned by Detroit-native-turned-long-time Cincinnati resident Ebony Williams and specializes in its famous Jamaican jerk chicken. Flavors of the Isle got its start as a member of the Outdoor Market and Findlay Kitchen, a nonprofit supporting local food entrepreneurs, and was started as a way to address the shortage of ethnic eateries in Cincinnati, says Williams.
Photo: Provided by Findlay Market

Flavors of the Isle

1807 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Findlay Market welcomed Jamaican soul food restaurant Flavors of the Isle to its fold in October. The restaurant and bar is owned by Detroit-native-turned-long-time Cincinnati resident Ebony Williams and specializes in its famous Jamaican jerk chicken. Flavors of the Isle got its start as a member of the Outdoor Market and Findlay Kitchen, a nonprofit supporting local food entrepreneurs, and was started as a way to address the shortage of ethnic eateries in Cincinnati, says Williams.
Sleepy Bee Cafe - College Hill
5920 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Sleepy Bee, which offers brunch and lunch options focused on fresh, local ingredients, opened its newest location in August as part of College Hill’s Keymark Development revitalization project. The new cafe is serving all the favorites – from buttermilk pancakes to avocado toast to breakfast sandwiches, plus plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
Photo: Khoi Nguyen

Sleepy Bee Cafe - College Hill

5920 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Sleepy Bee, which offers brunch and lunch options focused on fresh, local ingredients, opened its newest location in August as part of College Hill’s Keymark Development revitalization project. The new cafe is serving all the favorites – from buttermilk pancakes to avocado toast to breakfast sandwiches, plus plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.