A 1920s funeral home on Harrison Avenue in Westwood may soon be something completely different.
According to the Westwood Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC), the owners of Ivory House restaurant, Frank Eversole and Rick Pouliot — as EP Investments — have submitted a proposal to transform the structure into two separate dining establishments. The building would be divided and renovated into Terrazza Trattoria, a "mid-priced Italian" restaurant, and Paloma's, a Mexican bar and grill.
“We intend to retain the existing structures of the former Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home to bring two new local restaurant concepts to Westwood’s front door,” said Eversole in a release. “ This project will become the ‘dining room’ to Westwood’s beautiful ‘living room’ which sits across Harrison Avenue.”
The project is slated to open in 2023.
Eversole and Pouliot are referring to the project as “Alfresco At Town Hall” because the Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home is located at 3042 Harrison Ave., across from Westwood's Town Hall. The funeral home, which had been in operation since the 1930s, closed in 2020.
EP Investments has partnered with WestCURC on the project. The city of Cincinnati helped secure the building.
“The ‘Alfresco’ proposal nicely complements our existing neighborhood attractions,” said WestCURC President Greg Hand in the release. “It does not duplicate any current offerings and will attract additional users and new guests into our existing businesses. EP Investments’ outstanding track record and commitment to Westwood assure us that this concept will be an important addition to our entertainment district.”Westwood has seen an influx of new businesses and development in recent years, including the advent of West Side Brewing, a second location of Pendleton's Nation Kitchen & Bar, the opening of Wondercade bar and arcade and Eversole and Pouliot's other business, Ivory House, which was voted the best new restaurant of 2020 by CityBeat readers.
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