Thursday, July 12, 2012

Incline Public House scheduled for October opening

With financing in place, build out can begin on the Incline Public House – meaning East Price Hill's newest restaurant could be completed by October.

That news was announced at a press conference this morning at Incline Village, a recently-completed apartment/condominium building at W Eighth Street and Matson Place where the business will be housed.

Tony and Dominic Cafeo plan a 3,000-square-foot, 65-seat restaurant serving brick oven pizzas, sandwiches, salads and appetizers, as well as a selection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails. A 1,500-square-foot deck will provide panoramic views of the Mill Creek valley and the City skyline.

Both are native West Siders who have owned and operated Jefferson Hall for 17 years.

"We've gotten great feedback from that location," Tony Cafeo said. "We hope that will translate to here."

"This will add even more vibrancy and excitement – and walkability – to the Incline District," said John Cranley, former Cincinnati City Councilmember and part of the Incline Village, LLC development team.

Building upon momentum

Today's news is the second big win for the Incline District in the past month.

In June, Cincinnati Landmark Productions announced plans to raise $3 million for a 250-seat performing arts center, to be built across the street from Incline Village.

"One of the reasons we’re so aggressively planning and fundraising for a theater in the Incline District is because it's an area exploding with growth,” Cincinnati Landmark Productions Executive Artistic Director Tim Perrino said in a prepared release. "Today's news is more proof of that. With shops, restaurants, galleries and parks, there is so much for a theater patron to do before and after a show."

Much of this growth can be attributed to the Incline District's approval as the City's third Community Entertainment District last year by City Council, opening up additional, cheaper liquor licenses for prospective dining establishments.

"Dining and entertainment options are opening up fast in this part of the neighborhood," said Diana Vakharia, director of operations for Price Hill Will, the neighborhood's community development corporation. "The Entertainment District designation has really helped to speed up development."

Five of the fifteen units at Incline Village have sold. Sale prices for additional units range from between $159,000 and $174,000; units can be leased for approximately $1,000 a month.

Previous reading on BC:
Incline District closer to formal recognition (4/4/11)
Incline District project wins $750K grant (7/7/10)
Price Hill, City celebrate first NSP rehab and sale (4/21/10)
Cincinnati moves to recognize Incline District (3/26/08)