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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

open/closed/maybe/maybe not

Oh, my, it's hard to keep up. Twenty Mile House, maybe closed, or maybe just for renovation. Wild Bill's in Lebanon closed a few weeks ago, but now is going to re-open. Brinkley's was going to change to a make-your-own pizza restaurant, but now they're closed.

I am very glad about Wild Bill's: and I think it will be better than ever. it had been a bar/wings/live music/hangout as well as a restaurant with lots of specials crafted from local ingredients, all with a spicy theme. Bill Schroeder says they went smoke-free a month before the ban; smokers found other places to go, and they're still going to some of them, since the ban's not being enforced. Which is so messed-up, don't you think? So he and his wife are going to take it a little easier by not serving lunch and concentrating on the good food that his customers missed.
So if you're one of those Lebanon folks (Lebanese?) who was sad when Wild Bill's closed, be sure to go to the re-opened version.

I was kind of looking forward to the make-your-own pizza place, too. Apparently, deals betwen the owners of hotel and owners of restaurant (Stevens Hospitality, who used to be owners of the hotel) didn't agree on a lease. It's not an easy spot, kind of on its own in Norwood, but handy if you live in P. Ridge, Norwood, Bond Hill, N. AVondale, so I hope they find some good new concept.


at 5:38 PM Blogger Rick said...

Polly, the comings and goings of restaurants are fascinating to me... God, what a volatile business... I hope you can make this topic a regular item in your blog postings.

at 7:57 AM Anonymous Greg said...

I agree with Rick. It is a fascinating business. I always wondered what happened to the Pusser’s in West Chester. Now it’s Coyote’s. Pusser’s is an established chain in many parts of the country & the Caribbean but it didn’t least 6 months here. They had great food and a beautiful place. Maybe the lack of advertising & name recognition did them in.

at 7:03 PM Anonymous Brando315 said...

I can't help but think of Kramer from Seinfeld when it comes to the idea of a make-it-yourself pizza restaurant.

at 4:09 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I can't help but think that the name "Pusser's" just wasn't especially appetizing.

at 8:52 AM Anonymous Brando315 said...

regarding Pussers....ewwwwwwww...
That was funny!

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