Blue Ash/Kenwood could use some restaurants, I think. There's a good handful of independent restaurants like Trio, Cactus pear, Baxter's, Marx and Brown Dog, but the amount of people and money in the area north of Kenwood Mall surely could support another one or two.
In October (or thereabouts) there will be one more.
InCahoots is going into the former Bilker’s Kosher Grocery at 9708 Kenwood Road. They start renovations next week. Howard Zuefle and his niece Nicole Zuefle are behind it. He was the original owner of Bacalls Café in College Hill (and the other locations that closed in the 1980’s). She has been a cook at Mullane’s, downtown, and Honey, in Northside.
Other than the name, this has nothing to do with the original InCahoots restaurants in Clifton and Kenwood, if your memory goes back to the '80's. But Zuefle always liked the name. “We chose it because my niece and are “in cahoots” on this venture, and partly with fond memories of the InCahoots in Corryville,” he said. Possibly a little confusing, but there's nothing really wrong with recycling a name--and it was legally available.
The restaurant will seat 140-150, with a small private dining room and some outdoor café seating. The menu will include comfort food such as stuffed pork tenderloin, burgers, and homemade chili, along with more eclectic choices such as asparagus fries, mussels in white port honey and miso soy broth, and dates stuffed with chorizo and cream cheese. Zuefle said the price point would be "about a third less than Trio," with the highest entrée price about $18 for a strip steak. Zuefle described the décor as comfortable yet sophisticated with earth tones and clean lines a la Frank Lloyd Wright.