'Vogue' and 'Food & Wine' List Cincinnati's Khora as One of the Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2020

Both magazines have named the forthcoming eatery — opening this spring in downtown's Kinley Hotel — as one of the country's most anticipated dining destinations

click to enlarge A rendering of the Kinley Hotel - Photo: vhghotels.com
Photo: vhghotels.com
A rendering of the Kinley Hotel


Vogue magazine (yes, that Vogue) has released a list of the most anticipated American restaurant openings of 2020 and, somewhat surprisingly, Cincinnati is on that list. 

The round-up — which includes restaurants in cities like Boston, L.A., New York and Chicago — highlights 27 eateries from some of "the country's most iconic cooks" and other international big-name chefs. And they called out Cincinnati specifically for Khora, which will open in downtown's new Kinley Hotel (the one going in the building where the old Payless shoe store was). It will be located at 37 W. Seventh St.

From Vision Hospitality Group, Khora will be helmed by chef Edward Lee and executive chef Kevin Ashworth and is slated to open in spring 2020. The menu will be pasta-driven and include a Cincinnati chili-style ragu dish, according to Food & Wine, which also named Khora one of this year's most anticipated eateries.

The Vogue write-up reads:

"Louisville-based chef Edward Lee (610 Magnolia, MilkWood), plus longtime 610 Magnolia executive chef Kevin Ashworth, will together open Khora within Cincinnati’s forthcoming Kinley Hotel. Ashworth plans to rework local classics, such as house-made pasta dressed with a Cincinnati chili-flavored ragu."

click to enlarge A rendering of the Kinley Hotel - Photo: vhghotels.com
Photo: vhghotels.com
A rendering of the Kinley Hotel

And the slightly more in-depth Food & Wine blurb says:

"Edward Lee and Kevin Ashworth are opening a new restaurant in Cincinnati's forthcoming Kinley Hotel, between downtown and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Ashworth, who worked alongside Lee for over a decade in Louisville at 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry, is from the Cincinnati area, and is plotting fun twists on regional classics — including a pasta inspired by Cincinnati chili. The name Khora comes from 'khorasan,' one of the oldest ancient grains (also known as kamut), and menu will be pasta-driven, sourcing grains from Ohio Valley, milled to order for the restaurant."


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