Iconic Downtown Diner Hathaway's Reopening in the Former Frisch's on Fifth Street

Hathaway's Diner, which has inhabited its turquoise-bedecked digs in Carew Tower since 1956, is relocating across the hall to the former Frisch's— that means more space and actual bathrooms.

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click to enlarge Hathaway's Diner has been in Carew Tower since 1956. - Photo: facebook.com/hathawaysdiner
Photo: facebook.com/hathawaysdiner
Hathaway's Diner has been in Carew Tower since 1956.

A Carew Tower icon is moving... but just across the hallway.

Hathaway's Diner, which has inhabited its turquoise-bedecked digs since 1956, is relocating to the former Frisch's storefront at 25 W. Fifth St. And they plan to be there for a while, after signing a 20-year lease.

The grand reopening and ribbon cutting will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

The new spot can accommodate more diners than previously — 116 compared to 83, marketing manager Kate Hempleman tells CityBeat via email — and, the big news, this location will have its own bathrooms. They'll also get windows and some curb appeal with the addition of a vintage-style neon sign.

"The decision to move ultimately leads with optimism and the peace of mind that memories carry over. It will be very hard to close the doors on a space that means so much to so many, but it's necessary for the growth and continued business of Hathaway's Diner," a statement from Hathaway's reads.

The decor will feature "a wall of '50s tins, a presidential wall and, my favorite, a wall with a historic timeline," says Hempleman.

Hathaway's owner Danny Holbrook will cut the ribbon, with attendees Greg Power — who owns Carew Tower — and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. Live bands will play nostalgic hits from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis from 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday to celebrate. 

Hathaway's will be open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Sunday hours TBD. 

Hempleman says while there are no menu changes yet, they plan on adding more dinner plates and extending their hours soon.

For more info, visit hathawaysdinertogo.com.

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