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Tuesday, January 15, 2008


McFadden’s will become BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon, a chain of Irish pubs that was established in New York City in 1994, according to the BlackFinn Web site.
Details to come.
I was out yesterday and away from e-mail, otherwise I would have called a friend's boyfriend, who works there.


at 2:46 PM Anonymous Chad Edward said...

I hope we can avoid the dereliction of decorum that afflicts the previous McFadden's post.

I never got McFadden's, nor will I probably get Blackfinn. Is it a pub, a club, or restaurant? McFadden's didn't do any of the three well.

at 2:48 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Nice phrasing, Chad Edward! The posting was linked from the Cincinnati.com front page. I don't think those comments were from regular blog readers! :)

at 4:41 PM Anonymous Greg said...

This is good news. However I hope they do make up their mind on what they want to be. The one thing we didn't enjoy about McFaddens or Sully's is that if you still eating past 9:00 up comes the music volume. I like hanging around after dinner for a drink or two but not when the placce starts thumping with techno pop.

at 5:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to all of the previous post?

Here's the thing that downtown needs ... I agree that McFaddens was in competition with itself (Sully's, Lodge Bar, etc ...), but what we need is something like the Comet/Northside Tavern/Baba Budan's, etc ...

Something chill, cheap drinks, and live (good) music. A local place. Something dark and intimate, but casual.

at 5:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something chill, cheap drinks, and live (good) music. A local place. Something dark and intimate, but casual.

5:29 PM

That would be nice; unfortunately, the chains just keep on coming...
I look for a Hard Rock Cafe in the not too distant future...

at 8:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't fault the city for courting places like Hard Rock
We might not love the idea, but it DOES draw visitors to the city. So one would hope that somebody from the 'burbs or other visitors are drawn to downtown for a novelty like Hard Rock, but then see the cool, unique bars and restaurants that Cincinnati has to offer. And I've seen it happen firsthand in Indy, where smaller more unique places have surpassed Hard Rock in terms of crowds and profits. It's just a good way (even if it's gimicky) to get people into the city.

at 4:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to comment on the previous couple posts... Hard Rock is so yesterday. I think American tourists have figured out that misguided fascination years ago. If it comes, fine. However, there's nothing at a Hard Rock we don't already provide, except perhaps a meaningless, cheesy brand.

I'm sorry to hear McFadden's is closing. I didn't go there too often because of the club atmosphere they tried to push. But the space is nice and they made efforts to help a lot of groups have fun downtown (MidPoint, Ballet, etc.) Food was only o.k.

I really loved the place when it was Nick and Tony's. Ate there frequently. Some of the best food ever. And the best part was you could eat there fairly late, which should be the case in a city this size. I don't think it hung in there long enough, but that's business.

I would love to discover Black Finn is more of an authentic Irish pub, which still can be hip without pandering to a meat market approach. Based on their website, I fear that won't be the case.

The saddest part is that their menu doesn't feature a single Irish dish... a trend we see in most Irish-American pubs. Perhaps the stew (not really here), but Shepard's Pie and Fish and Chips are English. No European ever cooked corned beef and cabbage (that's American). And a Classic Ruben in the Irish Specialties section? That's Jewish/Brooklyn!

Along with traditional lamb stew, Irish food features a lot of potatoes, pork sausages, and shell fish. Modern places would be more likely to serve a curry than sliders and chicken creole.

Let's hope they do stay open for late night dinning without the bass thumping, unless it's coming from a local band. Good luck, Black Finn.

at 2:44 PM Blogger Kate The Great said...

Anyone have any dirt on this Oceanaire concept that's moving in this spring across from Nada? I know it's billed as a swanky seafood restaurant. How many seafood restaurants can this midwestern town support?

at 1:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackfinn sucks. Its ran by a bunch of lushes. Everything is sysco brand product.

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