December 20, 2019

We’ll Miss These 19 Cincinnati Restaurants That Closed in 2019

These shuttered Queen City eateries are gone, but never forgotten. In a city where new restaurants open at every turn, it's easy to miss when one quietly closes its doors. Here's a list of a few Cincinnati dining destinations that closed in 2019 that will surely be missed.
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Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club
860 Elm St., Ludlow
Northern Kentucky’s Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club was considered a “total loss” after a barge struck the floating restaurant in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, dragging some of it down the river and sinking the rest. That effectively ended the marina's season, as you might expect — and led to questions about whether the attraction would reopen at all. According to owners Steve and Andrea Gott, “while the future for LBYC remains unclear and there are a lot of challenges to face, all I can say is thanks from the bottom of our hearts & I WILL BE BACK.”
Photo: Phil Heidenreich

Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club

860 Elm St., Ludlow
Northern Kentucky’s Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club was considered a “total loss” after a barge struck the floating restaurant in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, dragging some of it down the river and sinking the rest. That effectively ended the marina's season, as you might expect — and led to questions about whether the attraction would reopen at all. According to owners Steve and Andrea Gott, “while the future for LBYC remains unclear and there are a lot of challenges to face, all I can say is thanks from the bottom of our hearts & I WILL BE BACK.”
Photo: Phil Heidenreich
The Anchor OTR
1401 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine mainstay and seafood-centric eatery The Anchor OTR closed its doors after seven years last winter. The Anchor was an impressive addition to the local dining scene since it opened, wooing CityBeat critics and dining writers with its fresh fish and insane bloody mary. It was also a frequent winner (or top contender) for the CityBeat Best Of Cincinnati reader pick for best seafood. 
Photo via Facebook/TheAnchorOTR

The Anchor OTR

1401 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine mainstay and seafood-centric eatery The Anchor OTR closed its doors after seven years last winter. The Anchor was an impressive addition to the local dining scene since it opened, wooing CityBeat critics and dining writers with its fresh fish and insane bloody mary. It was also a frequent winner (or top contender) for the CityBeat Best Of Cincinnati reader pick for best seafood.
Photo via Facebook/TheAnchorOTR
Injoy Street Food
1400 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine's fast-casual Indian-inspired eatery Injoy Street Food closed over the summer. The restaurant began as a street cart, popping up at locations and events throughout the city, and opened a storefront at 1400 Republic St. in OTR in 2018. With vibrant, fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch options, the restaurant offered Indian-inspired cuisine that catered to health-conscious and vegan crowds on the go.
Photo: Kellie Coleman

Injoy Street Food

1400 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine Over-the-Rhine's fast-casual Indian-inspired eatery Injoy Street Food closed over the summer. The restaurant began as a street cart, popping up at locations and events throughout the city, and opened a storefront at 1400 Republic St. in OTR in 2018. With vibrant, fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch options, the restaurant offered Indian-inspired cuisine that catered to health-conscious and vegan crowds on the go.
Photo: Kellie Coleman
Brezel
6 W. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine
Columbus, Ohio-based, hand-rolled Bavarian pretzel shop Brezel (brayt-zuhl) closed its Cincinnati location over the summer. The eatery opened in fall of 2014 and offered a variety of flavored pretzels including options like jalapeño-cheddar; asiago, herb and cracked pepper; dark chocolate and sea salt; seasonal offerings like pumpkin spice and more. Along with hand-rolled pretzels, Brezel offered pretzel twists and bites, plus made-from-scratch dips, buns, pizza crusts and more. 
Photo via Facebook/BrezelOTR

Brezel

6 W. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine Columbus, Ohio-based, hand-rolled Bavarian pretzel shop Brezel (brayt-zuhl) closed its Cincinnati location over the summer. The eatery opened in fall of 2014 and offered a variety of flavored pretzels including options like jalapeño-cheddar; asiago, herb and cracked pepper; dark chocolate and sea salt; seasonal offerings like pumpkin spice and more. Along with hand-rolled pretzels, Brezel offered pretzel twists and bites, plus made-from-scratch dips, buns, pizza crusts and more.
Photo via Facebook/BrezelOTR
Myrtle’s Punch House
2733 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
East Walnut Hills’ Myrtle’s Punch House, owned by mixologist Molly Wellman, closed its doors last winter. The bar offered various cocktails, wines, beers and punches as well as light bites. Wellmann announced that after parting ways with her business partners, she had issues with the Myrtle’s landlord while attempting to transfer the lease to her name.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Myrtle’s Punch House

2733 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
East Walnut Hills’ Myrtle’s Punch House, owned by mixologist Molly Wellman, closed its doors last winter. The bar offered various cocktails, wines, beers and punches as well as light bites. Wellmann announced that after parting ways with her business partners, she had issues with the Myrtle’s landlord while attempting to transfer the lease to her name.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Campanello’s Italian Restaurant
414 Central Ave., Downtown
Open since 1902, this family owned restaurant offered a taste of Italy. The cozy eatery offered a menu of simple — yet savory — Italian gems such as spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and eggplant parmigiana. The restaurant quietly closed after serving the Queen City for over a century last winter.  
Photo via Facebook/Campanellos

Campanello’s Italian Restaurant

414 Central Ave., Downtown
Open since 1902, this family owned restaurant offered a taste of Italy. The cozy eatery offered a menu of simple — yet savory — Italian gems such as spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and eggplant parmigiana. The restaurant quietly closed after serving the Queen City for over a century last winter.
Photo via Facebook/Campanellos
Bar Louie
1 Levee Way Suite 3118, Newport
The Chicago-based gastrobar closed its Newport location in the spring after 17 years as a staple on the Levee. The restaurant was well-known for their $1 build-your-own burger nights and their extensive beer and wine menus along with their nightlife. 
Photo via Facebook/BarLouieNewportontheLevee

Bar Louie

1 Levee Way Suite 3118, Newport
The Chicago-based gastrobar closed its Newport location in the spring after 17 years as a staple on the Levee. The restaurant was well-known for their $1 build-your-own burger nights and their extensive beer and wine menus along with their nightlife.
Photo via Facebook/BarLouieNewportontheLevee
Teller’s of Hyde Park
2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Longtime Hyde Park Square eatery Teller's of Hyde Park closed at the end of the summer after 25 years. 
Located in the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan building, Teller’s offered a unique ambiance, 30 beers on tap, a plethora of wine and a comprehensive menu with pastas, pizzas, salads, steak and more. They also featured a back patio and the option to eat inside of a bank vault. 
Photo via Facebook.com/TellersofHydePark

Teller’s of Hyde Park

2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Longtime Hyde Park Square eatery Teller's of Hyde Park closed at the end of the summer after 25 years. Located in the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan building, Teller’s offered a unique ambiance, 30 beers on tap, a plethora of wine and a comprehensive menu with pastas, pizzas, salads, steak and more. They also featured a back patio and the option to eat inside of a bank vault.
Photo via Facebook.com/TellersofHydePark
8th & English
2038 Madison Road, O’Bryonville
O’Bryonville hot spot 8th & English closed in the fall. The seafood-centric, Italian-flavored eatery — which went by the nickname 8&E — was well known for their top-notch dishes featuring fresh seafood and their $1 oyster night.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

8th & English

2038 Madison Road, O’Bryonville
O’Bryonville hot spot 8th & English closed in the fall. The seafood-centric, Italian-flavored eatery — which went by the nickname 8&E — was well known for their top-notch dishes featuring fresh seafood and their $1 oyster night.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Habits Café 
3036 Madison Road, Oakley
Located in Oakley Square, Habits Cafe closed its doors in the spring, with plans to reopen in the future. The eatery was famous for a couple of reasons: its potato rags — hash browns covered in bacon, onions, tomatoes, cheese and ranch dressing — and the fact that it might have been haunted. The eatery opened in 1980.
Photo via Facebook/HabitsCafe

Habits Café

3036 Madison Road, Oakley
Located in Oakley Square, Habits Cafe closed its doors in the spring, with plans to reopen in the future. The eatery was famous for a couple of reasons: its potato rags — hash browns covered in bacon, onions, tomatoes, cheese and ranch dressing — and the fact that it might have been haunted. The eatery opened in 1980.
Photo via Facebook/HabitsCafe