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Thursday, July 05, 2007

In cahoots

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.


3 Comments:

at 8:54 PM Blogger Earl said...

Thanks for the heads up about InCahoots. Sounds good and a nice location.

Speaking of restaurants in the Blue Ash area, I recall reading about a new place to open in the old Watson's Brewery location. Any update on that?

 
at 8:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Four of us ate dinner at InCahoots. After a 45 minute wait, three of our dinners were practically inedible. We aren't too terribly hard to please, either. The stuffed pork loin was dried out and tough as shoe leather, and everything on the plate was lukewarm. The salmon sandwich was about an eighth of an inch thick, cold, dried out and had a wilted piece of lettuce on the bread. The fries were crinkle-cut, nothing special, just like what you get frozen in a bag. The spicy vegetable skillet, which I ordered with chicken, had veggies cooked to mush, the chicken was dried out and tough, and it was also lukewarm. It had a strange flavor and aroma, one of the special spices, no doubt; and although I had ordered it "medium" spicy, it had no hint of spicy heat. When we sent back two of the dinners, we expected the manager to rush right out, but no such luck. After we turned down the offer of different food, the waitress came back with the check charging us for the full amount, and two ten dollar gift cards with the hopes we would come back. We had to ask for the manager to get him to comp the two uneaten dinners, and he was quite nice about it, but we wondered why we had to demand to see him. At the first sign of uneaten, returned dinners, he should have been at our table and ready to make us happy. Someone cared enough to decorate the place nicely, the menu sounded so wonderful, but overcooked, lukewarm dinners ain't going to cut it in Blue Ash or anywhere else for that matter.

 
at 7:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous......our dinner was blah, at best. The catch of the day seemed more like it came from a Mrs. Paul box than the ocean. For the price, I was very disappointed. Service was slow and out waiter was not familiar with the menu. We gave it a try, we won't go back.

 
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