Over the past few years, the quaint Northern Kentucky neighborhood of Bellevue has picked up momentum as a hot spot for emerging businesses and first-time home buyers who want a small-town feel while remaining close to the city.
With coffee shops, bars and restaurants, a brewery, old-school creamery and boutiques, the neighborhood has plenty to enjoy. But its offering will soon be elevated — literally. The city's first rooftop bar and deck is currently taking shape on the avenue, perched atop a fresh, yet familiar cafe and event space.
It's been just a little over a year since Bellevue's trendy Fairfield Market opened its doors, offering the community a one-stop destination for coffee, light bites and sophisticated cocktails.
And like many restaurants/shops across the country, corona-related closures have offered an opportunity to shift and reimagine current business models, including Bellevue's recently rebranded The Fairfield Cafe+Bar.
Kate and Toby Moeves own the building at the corner of Fairfield and Van Voast avenues — a former bank that they have since transformed into the aforementioned coffee shop/bar and an event space called The Fairfield Venues that encompasses the second and third floors.
After restaurant dining spaces were ordered to close due to COVID-19, the Moeveses paused to rethink their concept. Originally, they had managers who were operating the space as The Fairfield Market — a sort of Midcentury-meets-Palm Desert wine bar that wouldn't have been out of place in Over-the-Rhine. The space now features grab-and-go bites by Kate's Catering (with plans to expand with a larger tapas and elevated bar snacks menu this fall), a more "relaxed coffee shop/bar vibe," a string-lit parklet, weekend live music, occasional food trucks and servers for their outdoor spaces.
"We want to take this summer to really reintroduce ourselves to the community, especially since Toby and I are fully owning and operating The Fairfield Cafe+Bar, where before we were mostly behind the scenes as majority owners," Kate said in an email interview. "We are thrilled to be back open and creating an environment that our community wants to be a part of and are eager to add to our menu of drinks and food."
But those aren't the only changes. The Moeveses are in the process of building a yet-to-be-named three-season rooftop bar that can also be rented for private events.
"We are thinking it will be a perfect spot for some summertime drinks with friends or a romantic date night with a cozy fire pit and rooftop drinks," says Kate. "With all the new apartments and loft-style condos coming to the area, this is a perfect opportunity to continue to be able to serve our community and offer multiple different experiences all in one place."
Kate says they are still working on how their concept will operate, but are hoping to open this Labor Day Weekend. If not then, they will open in the fall.
In the meantime, you can stop by their cafe/bar and enjoy a bagged cocktail or iced coffee.
"Toby and I want to thank everyone for being so understanding and supportive of our rebrand and reopening of The Fairfield," Kate says. "We hope to see you and meet you soon!"
The rooftop bar will be located at 700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue.