A Nearly-70-Year-Old Downtown Diner Has Closed For Good

Hathaway's Diner's final food service was Wednesday.

A downtown Cincinnati restaurant that has been serving diners for nearly 70 years is now permanently closed.

Hathaway’s Diner shared the news on social media Wednesday night. The luncheonette’s owners say between the city allowing food trucks to park near the restaurant at Fountain Square and not as many people working downtown, they’re no longer able to stay open.

“It just killed our business. Wish I could do something to change it but just not possible. We loved serving the people of Cincinnati for 68 years. Ten years ourselves. Thanks and love to all of you,” the owners wrote.

Hathaway’s first opened in the Carew Tower in 1956 but moved from its original spot to the ground floor of the building in 2021. The menu featured breakfast and lunch classics like eggs, waffles, homemade chilis and soups, burgers and sandwiches, with some more modern offerings like breakfast burritos and a Thai salad mixed in. They were also known for their desserts, like the shakes and malts that came in whimsically named flavors like Pink Cloud, Creamsicle and Banana Whisk.

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